Lagos State Plans Franchise Framework tor MSMEs to Upscale Growth of Entrepreneurship

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to launch a franchise framework development initiative for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the State.

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This according to the state is part of efforts to upscale the growth of entrepreneurship.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond, said that the programme was designed towards expanding the frontiers of the local market and strengthening the existing public-private business ecosystem with the aim of developing the sub-sector.

Hammond explained that the programme is targeting MSMEs in the classic franchise domains including products manufacturing, services, food and drinks, health and wellness and other personal care services, professional services, investors/commercial banks, cooperative societies, media as well as other MSMEs and individuals within the value chains.

“Out of the need to strengthen the existing public-private business ecosystem with the aim of developing the sub-sector, Lagos State Office of Sustainable Development Goals and Investment in partnership with Franchiser and Distributor Forum will be launching an initiative tagged: Franchising as an Investment Alternative in Lagos State: A Capacity Building for 200 Lagos MSMEs”.

“There will also be a periodic financing forum for both franchisors and franchisees to help deepen opportunities to collaborate.”

“Part of the plan is to identify 20 MSMEs with the strong potential of growing between 5 outlets in the first year and 10 in the next 30 months and then provide the structure and franchise growth support including various intellectual property registrations”. She said

The Special Adviser stated that the pilot scheme which is designed to expose the beneficiaries to the franchise business system will support them to develop their unique franchise model and help them get investment ready.

Hammond, who explained that the business model is crucial to job creation, economic diversification, creativity and income redistribution, said that the state has shown interest in helping SMEs get access to affordable financial and other institutional support they need to create wealth and employment for the youths.

She said ’’Lagos being the hub of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the west coast, with a concentration of 3,224,324 micro operators and over 11, 663 SMEs operators will benefit from this business model as part of efforts towards building an inclusive economy”.

Speaking on the need for a fair platform for partnerships and linkages between operators and government agencies to discover innovations and opportunities that will boost the economy, she said the simplicity of franchising makes it a very good way to unleash the growth potential of MSMEs.

“There are great prospects for franchising to contribute to the development of entrepreneurship, create more jobs, evolve more rapid training and skill development, improve the quality of business, improve the ethical climate of the domestic business, build brand equity for Lagos businesses, help companies become more investable, gain development of new technologies of small business among other salient benefits”, she stressed.

On the criteria for selection, the special adviser stated that asides from being in operation for a period of 24 months with sound management prospects, the MSME must have the potential for attracting investors/franchisees with a progressive annual revenue and must also be based in Lagos and ready to expand around and beyond the state.

Hammond pointed out that the initiative will enhance the rightful role of SMEs in wealth and job creation, poverty reduction and stimulation of growth of the domestic economy as this administration is committed to building a 21st-century economy.

“We are optimistic that franchising would be a useful tool in delivering our economic goals as a State as it offers a viable model to develop MSMEs in Lagos. It will ensure effective coverage for franchising in the State which will enable the small and medium businesses to be sustainable and contribute to the economy of the State,” she added.

The initiative according to her will also offer a genuine path for wealth creation and scale-up business activities around MSMEs.

While encouraging entrepreneurs in the focused sectors to take advantage of the scheme, the Special Adviser said that interested organisations should apply here.

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