Climb higher with the Sherpa Group
“Blame no one. Do something. Expect Nothing.”
Vicki Prout, Founder and Chief Sherpa of Sherpa Group , believes these words are the key to operating a successful franchise business.
The success of the Sherpa Group, the global franchise consultancy, is a unique story that began when creator Vicki Prout left the Navy following a decade of service to enter the small business arena.
Ms Prout’s business career began with a pet food delivery business, until she moved on to become the International Development and Marketing Director for Cartridge World.
During her time at Cartridge World Vicki expanded the computer franchise from four hundred and sixty stores to over one thousand six hundred! It was through this experience she gained valued insight into the franchising world.
In 2009 Vicki founded global franchising organising, the Sherpa Group. Drawing from her unique experience the Sherpa Group’s core values include:
- Relationship building
- Team orientation
- Franchise recruitment marketing
- Brand development ;and
- Strategic development and implementation.
Through concise documentation and reconciliation of the expectations of entrepreneurs in a number of different cultures the Sherpa Group has become an internationally renowned franchise consultancy.
In recognition of her achievements, Vicki was voted SA Franchise Woman of the Year for a record four years in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Vicki was also the FCA National Chair for Women in Franchising.
As expert consultants to potential and current franchisors, the Sherpa Group knows what constitutes a strong and stable franchise system and has identified a shared set of characteristics that an organisation should possess before embarking upon franchising their business.
Only when a business is well run and in a viable market with great operating systems, making consistent profits will it be an attractive proposition to new franchisees.
The Sherpa Group's Top Ten Tips to consider when becoming a franchisor:
- Be amazing
- Be unique
- Be courageous
- Be humble enough to copy
- Be creative
- Be prepared
- By the book
- Be energetic
- Be compliant
- Be willing to use advisors
If your vision for the future includes franchising, have a Sherpa join your team for the journey.