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The Antal Global Conference (AGC) 2014 that was held on 12th, 13th and 14th November 2014 in Mumbai, India.
This annual event organised by both our team in London, UK, and Mumbai, India is a highlight in the Antal world as owners and partners travel across the globe to meet their colleagues and friends, to enhance business partnerships, build new and develop existing ones. This event is usually held in London but this year we have decided to push our international boundaries and hold the first ever conference outside of the UK. We can proudly say that this year surpassed all expectations – it was a truly incredible experience.
Franchise Owner Joseph Devasia, Mumbai and India were amazing hosts to the Antal Global Conference. This year was full of colour, energy, teamwork, revitalisation and above all – change. The Leela Hotel in Mumbai was the venue of choice and Antal team members from across the globe met to reunite, discuss and share business in a perfect setting with beautiful meeting areas and rooms, and sleek lounge areas for more informal meetings.
The conference kicked off with an International Owners meeting; Doug Bugie, President of the Antal Network welcomed all the Owners and made positive mention of those unable to join the conference in India. Tony Goodwin, Group CEO & Chairman opened the presentations by encouraging and explaining how to build your own successful business. He emphasised the need to specialise and have a niche focus whilst also recruiting staff. Doug Bugie shared his reflections on 2014 through all the Antal Network milestones of 2014 as shown below.
Representatives of the Franchise Advisory Council, Joseph Devasia and Andreas Dürr, gave introductions and feedback on different regions. The FAC is an initiative that was proposed and set-up in 2012 to assist franchise owners and Antal International alike to take the business forward in a coordinated effort by representing the franchisee’s at the most senior level. The aim is to improve the business by assisting our franchise owners with issues, challenges, communication, ideas and above all to make money. Ashleigh Fitzgerald, Networks Operations Director, ended the first day by giving some updated numbers on Preferred Supplier Lists, Key Clients and placements done. Wednesday evening was the first opportunity for all attendees to meet with many colleagues and network over a beverage, canapés and then a buffet dinner. The energy in the room was electric, everyone was delighted to have this time to catch up and meet the teams from different countries.
The official Global Conference opened on Thursday morning with a very warm introduction from Joseph Devasia who welcomed everyone to India. First up on the stage was Tony Goodwin who launched the long awaited and highly anticipated new brand logo and website. The impact of the new logo was instantaneous as it was met with a round of thundering applause. The sheer effort put into new logo was plain for all to see.
While Owners and consultants alike took advantage of listening to the speakers who were targeted to be relevant and useful giving strategic tips and solutions to help Owners increase their competitively in the difficult markets they might face, potential franchise prospects from India had independent meetings. They met with Doug Bugie, the Franchise team and some of the top offices within the international network such as Joseph Devasia, Peter Timmer and Alan Russell in a more private area to discover the franchise opportunity.Everyone was fascinated by the Mumbai Dabbawala’s, who showed how they have built up a fresh food delivery service starting with a few people to more than 5,000 which has lasted over 125 years! And, most impressively this system is not computerised.
In the afternoon, taking to the stage were a selection of Antal Owners and Consultants, experts in their fields to present a snapshot of facts and figures about their different countries and sectors. This gave Owners as well as our prospects a great insight in other offices, the different markets and difficulties that are faced globally. Thursday evening was another opportunity not missed to network and socialise between participants – a very important aspect of any conference.
And, as quickly as it started, it seemed sad that it was already the final day of the conference – time had gone so fast. The Friday programme was kicked off by Doug Bugie who wanted to show the Antal attendees his 10 Top Points moving forward. Doug encouraged the room to network and leverage the global capacity that Antal has to develop more business. Doug was followed by Tony Seager who gave advice on how delegates could hire top talent and there were more opportunities to attend the workshops.
Friday afternoon was a team building networking session that was only available for members of the Antal network and that was consisting of a Bollywood dancing lesson that was taken very seriously by all attendees who shared a lot of fun, laughter and sweat! The closing speech of Tony Goodwin, was like no other – everyone in the room gathered around and sat together cross legged on the floor to hear his words of inspiration and encouragement for us to all keep doing what we do best.
The final evening was the most spectacular dinner and awards celebration, delivered with the highest level of precision, professional and decorum by evening hosts Joe Devasia, Mike Ryall, Sagar Ruparelia and Doug Bugie. It is during this event that we acknowledge those who go the extra mile within Antal.
The much converted Antal Spirit of the Year award was won by Vinu Nair’s office in India and South Africa won the Network office of the year. Jim Foster of our Bracknell office won top Biller of the Year and Constanze Kästner won Support of the Year. You can find a detailed list of all the Awards below.:
Click below to see the nominees and winners of the Antal Awards 2014