2017 National Conference
The EWIF National Conference took place this year on Thursday 21st September at Staverton Park Hotel in Northampton. The conference gives members, both new and old, the opportunity to come together, network and share ideas and expert knowledge. Every year, our network grows bigger and we’re proud of what we have managed to accomplish over the last seven years. We’re also incredibly proud of our members’ achievements year in year out. We achieved record attendance this year and were pleased to welcome so many of our members joining together to celebrate the success of the year!
This year’s guest speakers were TONI&GUY’s National Franchise Manager, Gaynor Hodge with Regional Education Manager, Adie Luff, followed later by, Tanya Robinson, Senior Contract Manager for HMPPS who founded a charity to support and rescue sex workers in East London.
The day had a great vibe about it, as the speakers inspired and encouraged all of us who would love to see more women entering into the world of franchising. Women are excellent at breaking rules and adapting to what’s happening in life, which Gaynor enthuses is crucial for franchise development. “As a franchise manager, I have learned there is only one rule: There are no rules! As franchisors, adapting to situations, learning to be flexible and not sticking rigidly to the rules is what is important for the development of our franchises”
Her colleague, Adie agrees, “The bigger you grow, the nimbler you need to be if you’re going to keep moving forward with your franchise. I once heard it said, ‘even if you’re the size of a tanker, you still have to be able to move like a speed-boat!’”
While Tanya, who oversees £1billion projects, and co-founded two charities working to re-educate and rescue sex workers, urged us to believe more about what we think we can accomplish, “I believe I’ve been blessed with the capacity to do more, and don’t feel as though I have reached anywhere near my full potential. I don’t want to be forced by others to become someone I don’t want to be, and you shouldn’t have to either! We should always be able to strive to be better – for ourselves.”
This Year’s Guest Speakers…
Toni & Guy Speaker Presentation
Due to popular demand, the slides that our guest speakers used for their talks are available to download below.