Launch Your Franchise

Competition 2020

Meet the Winners!


The Fish Factory



Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers


Joint 3rd

Peanut Butter Bar

New South Wales

Joint 3rd

The Pizza Boys

New South Wales

Do You Have A Winning Concept?

If you know your business has what it takes to make it big, it’s time to prove it and share it with the world! Get your business franchised & featured with DCS Franchising Group’s Launch Your Franchise promotion.

Whether you have a whole flock of outlets, or just a really great one, if your customers love you where you are, they might just love you when you’re everywhere.

Even if doesn’t sound like your industry is particularly franchisable, let us assure you that unless you only have one customer, it probably is.

Time to take your baby to the next level.

Do You Secretly Have the Next Great Australian Franchise?

If you meet the following criteria, you may just become the next great Australian brand!


Your business is based in Australia.


Your business should have an Australian Business Number (ABN).


You should have been in operations for at least 12 months, with one or more units.


Your business should demonstrate strong profitability.


Ownership of at least 50% Australian owned, with active owner operator in key management and no adverse credit history.


Passionate and driven owners seeking to scale operations locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

What's Up for Grabs


$150,000 value

  • Comprehensive Franchise Development Program
  • 6 months Lead Generation
  • Ongoing marketing opportunities


$75,000 value

  • Comprehensive Feasibility Program
  • Discounted Franchise Development Program
  • Discounted Lead Generation


$25,000 value

  • Comprehensive Feasibility Program
  • Discounted Franchise Development Program

What We're Looking For

The competition judging panel aims to recognise the best small businesses in the country ready to propel their growth through franchising. Our Judges follow a broad range of criteria to find businesses who can gain accelerated growth with a comprehensive franchise program. Here’s what our Judges are looking for:


- Strong operational systems
- Risk and contingency plans in place
- Measures and evaluates operations regularly
- Strong marketing collateral and digital platforms

Customer Focus

- Focus on customer service
- Gains customer feedback and understands customers needs
- Demonstrates high review rating and positive customer engagement

Strategic Direction

- Good strategic planning for future growth
- Innovative & strategic thinking
- Likes to take calculated risks
- Growth and scalability focused

Financial Stability

- Strong financial acumen
- Demonstrated financial performance with solid cashflow

People & Culture

- Demonstrates strong leadership with clear passion
- Strong mission values and culture
- Focus on motivation & personal development of all people within the organisation


- Constantly seeks to innovate product or service
- Utilises technology to support processes and streamline operations
- Demonstrates innovative solutions

The Judges

For more than 35 years, DCS Franchising has helped develop Australian and Global franchises. We are honoured for the Judges commitment to assess the submissions, we acknowledge that their knowledge and experience are invaluable and will aid to select the most deserving award winners.

Amber Manning

Panel Judge

Amber Manning is the driving force behind the Just Cuts brand internationally. She is an experienced and dynamic General Manager with an extensive career in franchising, not for profit and financial services. In 2019 Amber was named number 10 in the Top 30 Franchise Executive awards and, is recognised internationally as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE).

John O'Brien

Panel Judge

CEO & founder of Poolwerx Corporation. John is an inductee into the FCA Hall of Fame, past Chair of the World, Asia Pacific and Australian Franchise Councils and is a founding member of the Australian Federal Government’s (ACCC) franchise advisory group, currently bringing order and accountability to the sector as a whole.

Sarah Stowe

Panel Judge

Sarah Stowe is the editor for the Inside Franchise Business group at Octomedia, leading the online and print publications and launching the Top 30 Franchise Executive Report in 2018. Sarah is a hands-on journalist who has worked in B2B and consumer media in the UK and Australia, and has been involved in the franchise sector for 13 years.

Matt Fickling

Panel Judge

Chief Commercial Officer at Motto Motto, leaders in Japanese QSR and previously CEO at Huxtaburger. Matt is crazy about creating enterprise value through people. Getting the structure right, putting in plans to grow revenue, lower costs and improve profitability by finding, servicing and retaining more customers.

Brendan Green

Panel Judge

Brendan Green has been the CEO of Australia's largest handyman business, Hire A Hubby, for 20 years and is the Managing Director of Franchise Cloud Solutions. Hire A Hubby provides handyman, home maintenance and tradeswork services for individuals and companies throughout Australia, New Zealand the UK.

William Edwards

Panel Judge

As CEO of Edwards Global Services, William ‘Bill’ Edwards has assisted innumerable companies to expand successfully across the world, and has shared his hard won expertise with the franchise industry as a whole. Drawing on over 40 years of international experience, Bill has worked on projects in 68 countries to date.

Rod Young

Chair of Judging Panel

Rod is the Founder and Chairman of the DC Strategy Group, the region's premier franchise consulting and legal firm. With 40 years of experience, Rod is considered one of the world's foremost franchising consultants and has served on the board of many franchise networks in Australasia and overseas.

Key Dates 2020

6th Aug

Submissions Open

22nd Feb

Deadline Extended!

Submissions Close

Early Mar


Mid Mar

Judging of Entries

26th Mar

Winner Announcement at
The Sydney Franchising Expo

Q2 2021

Start Franchise Development

Competition Partners