The Franchise Manual Podcast – Episode #8 – How to expand a franchise concept into the Middle East region
Franchise consultant Yendy Khayat speaks on the topic of how to expand a franchise system into the Middle East region. It is a complicated topic that would probably require 10 episodes in order to cover thoroughly. In this episode we attack the topic from 65,000 feet.
Segment 1: Get to know Yendy In segment one of this episode we spend a little time getting to know the person Yendy Khayat. We learn a little about what it was like growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, her multinational educational path leading to an MBA with an educational emphasis in hospitality, and how she has successfully leveraged her impressive education and work experience into a successful franchise consulting career. By the way, she is fluent in three languages.
Segment 2: Expanding a franchise into the Middle East In segment 2 Yendy and I try to logically attack the very complex topic of expanding a franchise system into the Middle East region. There are a lot of moving parts to this endeavor that would certainly be considered a “black diamond” run in franchising. However, we learn that with the proper prior planning and a good helping hand is can be a very fruitful expansion project for certain franchise concepts. The topics of discussion are:
Why the Middle East region is worth considering
Large market and growing
Young and upwardly mobile consumer market
How to move forward with expansion in the region
Expansion models with local partners
Intellectual property protection
Multinational law firm
The importance of proper infrastructure
Modification of training and support programs
Challenges that can hinder or halt expansion progress
Some concept categories experience the more success than others
Brand offering modification
Halal certified food
Reacting to leads versus logical business decision
Time zone allowances
Expansion into the Middle East region is “advanced franchising” and not for the beginner
Segment 3: – Quick Draw Questions
Segment 3 is a fun way to wind down the episode with quick, fun questions such as favorite movie, favorite book, etc. We find out what Yendy would do if she had enough money to never have to work again.
This is a FANTASTIC episode and a MUST LISTEN if you have ever considered expanding your franchise system into the Middle East region. We don’t provide all of the answers but we cover enough to get you on your way if Middle East expansion is part of your plans to grow your system.
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