Cobs Bread Launches An Exciting Manage To Own Program

Sunday, September 21, 2008

COBS BREAD is expanding in Canada and is launching an innovative recruitment program offering training and funding assistance in the hopes of attracting young franchisee hopefuls, keen to run their own business.

With 10-15 bakeries scheduled to open and a willingness to sell company bakeries to the right people in the next 12 months, the ‘Manage to Own Program' is designed to attract a younger market of potential franchisees � possessed with drive and ambition but not necessarily capital to open their own business.

Chris Gurney, President of COBS BREAD, is excited about this new program and looks forward to meeting all the bright, energetic individuals who he thinks will be attracted to this dynamic program.

"Our goal is to make business ownership a real possibility for ambitious young Canadians. Under this program, where no previous baking or retail experience is required, a young individual could be Leasing their own business within a year and depending on how much they have been able to save (or based on their current assets) could become a Franchisee within a year or two." "By helping to fund these applicants into their own business, the ‘Manage to Own Program' makes franchising a viable first career option for young Canadians," Gurney said. "We have trialed the program and our first candidate, Kevin Ker, is set to take ownership after 21 months of leasing our Lakshore location and a full year of managing a region as an Area Manager." For Joe Mahlberg, COBS BREAD Scott 72 location, the program was the business life-line he was hoping for. He had always dreamed of owning his own business, but like most, was unsure of what line of work he wanted to get into.

"COBS has given me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams of owning and operating my own business. Through their leasing program, they have made it possible for the right people to make their dreams a reality," said Joe. "There's risk, as is with any business venture, but the most important thing for me is that all the tools you need to succeed are available to you, and it's up to you whether you take them and run. COBS has provided me with a career that a little over a year ago seemed unobtainable, and it's thanks to their leasing and franchising program that I can now say I love to come to work every morning!" COBS BREAD is part of the world's most successful franchise bakery network � Bakers Delight � an Australian-owned company. Bakers Delight has been in operation for 27 years, with more than 700 bakeries across Australia, New Zealand, and in Canada where the company operates as COBS BREAD. The entire network employs over 15,000 people and serves more than 2.1 million customers each week.

Further information on the ‘Manage to Own Program' is available on the COBS BREAD web site at www.cobsbread.com/careers or by calling the Manage to Own Program information line 1.866.383.2627.

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