At the end of February, we invited our franchise partners from all over Germany to Osnabrück to celebrate the start of our anniversary year together on this year’s Franchise Partner Day. The year 2020 is a special year for Coffee-Bike GmbH. 10 years ago, the idea of the mobile and self-sufficient coffee bar – the Coffee-Bike – was born. This idea has grown from a vision to a worldwide operating franchise company in the last years.
In order to celebrate this occasion properly, this year’s Franchise Partner Day in Osnabrück, Germany, was of course also dedicated to the anniversary. Under the motto “10 years of Coffee-Bike” numerous franchise partners followed our invitation already for the 6th time, so that about 100 guests could be welcomed to the 2-day event. This year again, the focus was on the network idea, important topics around business management as well as the personal exchange of ideas and experiences, which was covered by a rich and varied supporting program, which this year had many surprises in store for our founder and managing director Tobias Zimmer as well as for our franchise partners.
“My Time with Coffee-Bike” – an emotional review
Tobias Zimmer traditionally had the honor of opening the event in person this year as well. In an emotional review “My time with Coffee-Bike – having & realizing visions” he described with the help of pictures and anecdotes especially the first time after the foundation of the Coffee-Bike GmbH – from the idea to the first test phases with the first prototype of the coffee vehicle in Hannover up to the national and international establishment of the franchise company. Already in the first year of the company the first franchise partner started in Leipzig with the mobile coffee bar. “Gradually, the public also became aware of us. After an article in a Hanover regional newspaper, we had inquiries from “Die Welt” or even “ZDF”, Zimmer recalled proudly. This was followed by several awards, such as the ”Durchstarter Award” of the State of Lower Saxony and a top 10 placement in the founder competition ”enable2start” of the Financial Times Germany, as well as over 100,000 franchise inquiries.
Supporting program & emotional highlights of the Franchise Partner Day
At the Franchise Partner Day this year there were not only long-established Coffee-Bikers but also many new starters. That is exactly why this event was not only about drawing a joint summary of the past business year, but also about discussing current challenges and successes together. In four workshops, other topics such as sustainable corporate growth, social media presence as well as the first year as a Coffee-Biker and technical developments were also discussed. On the second day of the event, the annual cheque handover to terre des hommes – Hilfe für Kinder in Not (Help for Children in Need) and the presentation of the Franchise Partner Awards generated much applause. While the Coffee-Bike Bonn was happy about two awards, the operator of the Coffee-Bike Zittau was awarded as the most successful newcomer 2019. This year’s prize for a special commitment to the 2019 franchise system went to the operator of the Coffee-Bike Berlin, who also owns a Waffle-Bike.
On the occasion of the 10th company anniversary, the 6th Franchise Partner Day was framed by many exciting program points. In addition to a roasted pork buffet and a joint breakfast including an internal live latte art championship on stage, the anniversary celebration on the first evening of the event in particular provided an atmospheric start to the business year 2020. Our franchise partners themselves provided a special emotional surprise when they thanked both our company founder and the entire Coffee-Bike team with personal thank-you speeches and gifts for the time spent together. We are proud of our network!
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