Bringing his vast experience of developing franchise networks to bear on a new technology-driven concept, MediLipo and Laserlift, Bill Owen provides his insights to FDS Southern consultants Gordon Patterson and Gary Rigby
Gordon Patterson: What is your background in franchising?
Bill Owen: I was involved in founding the Snack-in-the-Box (SITB) brand and model in February 1996. When we introduced the concept to the franchise marketplace we were bombarded with enquiries and in the first year we allocated 32 franchises. During my 14 years as the Managing Director of SITB, the brand became well known and I was involved in the allocation of franchises to in excess of 200 individuals. In September 2009 myself and the other shareholders sold the SITB business to Snacktime – I have to say that after 14 years of building a brand and a business from scratch it was a strange feeling not to own it any longer.
Gary Rigby: What has brought you back to franchising?