14th October , 2016
Fame beckons for our franchise king

A GOLD Coaster with business in his blood has been honoured by the nation’s top franchising body.

Murray d’Almeida has been inducted into the Franchise Hall of Fame for his services to the sector.

The coveted award was bestowed at the FCA Excellence in Franchising awards night at the

National Franchise Convention Centre in the nation’s capital.

The Franchise Council of Australia is the peak body for the country’s $128 billion franchise sector.

The chairman of Gold Coast-based BPS Technology, board member of countless companies, bizoid and rugby tragic has devoted almost 40 years to the Australian franchising industry.

Mr d’Almeida has been involved directly and indirectly in the Australian franchise sector since 1978.

He was a member of the Franchise Association of Australia and New Zealand in its second year of inception.

Mr d’Almeida started his career in Perth with a firm of chartered accountants before moving into various roles with two major US-based mining companies.

He opened one of the first hot-bread chains in Perth with his brother, started franchising in 1978, and expanded the chain to more than 60 stores nationally.

Since then, he has developed several franchise chains in Australia and exported them overseas, in addition to being a board member of a number of franchise companies.

In 1985, Mr d’Almeida opened several BBs Coffee outlets, went on to purchase 50 per cent of the Donut King chain and later became a founder of Gold Coast franchising powerhouse Retail Food Group.

Before selling his shareholding to RFG, he expanded the business into seven countries.

His wideranging business, community, education and sporting experience extends to groups that include Currumbin Wildlife Foundation, Southern Cross University and the Committee of Southport, to name a few.

Mr d’Almeida said he was honoured at being recognised as an integral and long-time contributor to the franchising industry.

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin - Jenny Rogers
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Date published: 14th October 2016