We are delighted to announce that as of Tuesday, we have a new board member joining us to take us forward into the next phase of Banana Moon’s development.
When considering the skills we would need to guide us, we decided we needed not only significant franchising experience, but a well-developed business sense and strong commercial background. Someone who had developed and run their own businesses, and knew the highs and lows of “being your own boss”.Someone in a senior role who could support our franchisees with first-hand knowledge of what it feels like to operate your own franchise, and provide the guidance to our franchisees to build successful businesses having done it themselves several times before. Further, we needed someone who understood Banana Moon; our unique systems and business model, and what it is that makes our franchised brand so strong.
Well, who better to do all that than the man who created the franchise model and set it all up for us? Yes, after several months of long lunches and late night negotiations we are delighted to announce that Steve Felmingham, former director of The Franchising Centre and the consultant behind all of your financial plans, has finally been persuaded to join the team!
Steve will now be with us full-time from 1st April, and has jumped straight in working on some impressive new support schedules for all of the nurseries. He will also be undergoing some additional training here in Warwick, but as soon as that’s complete he will be in contact with you to discuss your support requirements and to schedule a visit with you.
This is a major step in Banana Moon’s evolution. Building a strong team which shares the vision and values which we all hold so dear was never going to be an easy task, and it’s not finished yet. As you may already know, two further members of the team joined us in March, Sarah Twynham and Tracey While, also in a support role, and we have further exciting plans for later in the year. We hope that you will agree that we take the role of franchisee support very seriously, and when we said we were committed to your success, we really meant it!
In the meantime we trust that you will join us in welcoming Steve on board, and look forward to working with him as much as we do.