Business Franchise Australia and New Zealand have featured Australian Skin Clinics as the cover story in their Nov/Dec 2016 issue! Here’s a sneak peek to the exclusive interview from Australian Skin Clinics Managing Director Deb Farworth-Wood, as seen in Business Franchise Australia and New Zealand.
As Australian Skin Clinics and Hairhouse Warehouse announced their joined forces in August, Business Franchise magazine were keen to catch up with Deb and find out about this exciting new development.
Thanks for catching up with us today. Can you tell us how many franchisees you currently have?
We currently have 32 franchisees from our original 26 clinics, but we are currently merging with the Ella Rouge Beauty franchise, which was acquired by HairHouse Warehouse. So, 24 more franchises will be converting to the Australian Skin Clinics model.
What type of person ‘fits’ your franchisee profile?
This has actually changed over time. During the past five years the industry has grown considerably, along with the competition. We firmly believe our franchisees need to work on their business and be actively involved. They need to develop their teams, maintain brand culture, demonstrate strong people skills, monitor their KPIs and drive the business. We look for tenacious people with a desire to succeed and develop a strong business over a number of years.
You previously announced an aggressive growth plan for 2015/2016, has that been realised and how?
Our five year growth has been phenomenal and we are currently experiencing a record number of enquires. According to my initial business plan, we would have had 18 clinics by the time we reached our fifth birthday this October. I’m thrilled to see we have more than surpassed this figure.
Was a part of this growth plan the ‘joining forces’ with HHWH and how did it come to fruition?
The original plan did not include Hairhouse Warehouse at all – in fact they only came up on our radar before Christmas 2015. We didn’t commence serious discussion until after that Christmas period. In truth, the due diligence process for the merger may have slowed us down somewhat. It sapped resources and key team members were tied up in extra projects, but despite all this we managed to stay on track…
Read the full interview story here.