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Best Brand Transformation - Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Media Awards

June 13, 2018

The (QSR) Media Awards were held in Sydney on 13th June 2018.

These awards showcased the best franchised businesses throughout Australia in terms of their innovation, creativity, execution, and overall impact in the industry.

We are thrilled to announce that Banjo’s WON First Place for Best Brand Transformation!!

Banjo’s Head of Marketing & Creative, Karen Ahern (second from left below), attended the event to receive the hard earned award.

Excellence in Franchising Awards VIC/TAS

June 15, 2018

On 15th June 2018, Banjo’s CEO and Managing Director, Jessica Saxby was awarded the Franchise Woman of the Year Award in the Vic/Tas division of the Excellence in Franchising Awards.

This award is for excellence in personal and professional achievements by a woman in the franchising sector.

BIG congratulations to Jessica (below centre) on a well-deserved achievement. She has worked hard to develop Banjo’s into the successful brand it is today!

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Banjo's Rosny Re-Opens!

23 December, 2017

On 23 December 2017, almost five months to the day after the blaze that almost destroyed the Banjo’s Rosny Park bakery the Tasmania Fire Service crew who attended the fire have reopened it!

On July 25 a gas explosion sparked a major fire at the Banjo’s store, forcing an evacuation of the staff, customers and surrounding businesses and streets.

“Without the rapid response from store manager and staff, and hard work of the Tasmania Fire Service, along with the efficient evacuation of the building and surrounding properties a real tragedy could have occurred.

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GM5FK hits the Derwent Valley!

27 June 2017

A big congratulations goes out to Banjo’s New Norfolk, Triple M Hobart and the local community after raising a whopping $6,750 this week for Give me 5 for Kids and the Royal Hobart Hospital, with a wonderful $2,000 being donated by Banjo’s New Norfolk!!

Although the Derwent Valley didn’t quite beat the Huon Valley’s $9,340 total – the support that turned up was HUGE!

This brings the GM5FK’s Battle of the Valley’s total for 2017 to a whopping $16,090!!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated and showed their support.

Banjo's franchise makes a splash on Sunshine Coast

June 20, 2017

NATASHA Turner had been itching to buy her own Banjo’s franchise after working with the bakery cafe in Tasmania for five years, and now she has her own at Warana.

The former Hobart resident and her partner Derek Armstrong picked up stumps and moved to the Sunshine Coast, opening the Coast’s second Banjo’s on Nicklin Way, Warana, last month.  The couple were mentored through Banjo’s aptly titled Self-Raising Program to grow their own business, and moved to Warana late last year.

Their new store is the company’s fifth in Queensland and adds another vibrant business to the shopping centre it shares with Mick’s Meat Barn and The Fruit Shed, taking over the tenancy formerly occupied by a fish and chip shop.  “It’s nice to get something else in here, to keep the centre going,” Ms Turner said.  “We’ve had a lot of compliments from people, (saying) that it was just what was needed.” Continue reading “Franchise makes a splash on Sunshine Coast”

GM5FK 2017

June 14, 2017

Are you ready to RUMBLE?

It’s the HUON VALLEY vs the DERWENT VALLEY in a mission to out fundraise each other for Give Me 5 For Kids!

The Dave Noonan Show for Breakfast on Hobart’s 107.3 Triple M kicked off this year’s battle between the Huon and Derwent Valley for GM5FK’s at Banjo’s Huonville yesterday with HUGE SUCCESS! The generosity of the Huon Community resulted in $9340 raised during the 3-hour live broadcast by Hobart 107.3 Triple M, making it a tough challenge for the Derwent Valley’s fundraising turn on the 27 June at Banjo’s New Norfolk between 6-9am.

The minimum is set! So, if you’re near Banjo’s New Norfolk on the 27 June, drop in and show your support!  Can the Derwent Valley beat the Huon???

Major expansion for franchise

June 1, 2017

Banjo’s bakeries are in major expansion mode with great business opportunities available Australia wide.

The well-known Tasmanian business, Banjo’s Bakery Cafes is are expanding in 2017/18, with new Drive Thru stores opening in Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Established in 1984 Banjo’s Bakery Cafes currently has thirty-nine stores in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, with plans for forty new stores which include a Drive Thru stores model announced today.

Currently in Australia, people are looking for more convenient, healthier more convenient food options that are freshly made, food with local ingredients and the Banjo’s stores nationwide have experienced strong growth in recent years on the back of that trend.

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Caffeine boost to help charity's good deeds

May 31, 2017

Every large coffee Banjo’s sold during May has paid off for suicide prevention charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.  The charity received 50 cents from each of the tens of thousands cups of coffee Banjo’s sold nationwide.

Banjo’s Bakery Cafe managing director Jessica Saxby yesterday presented a cheque for $28,899.50 to Mitch McPherson, who founded the charity after his younger brother Ty took his own life.  Ms Saxby said she expected more than $30,000 will be donated once the final figure from the fundraiser is tallied.  Banjo’s franchises as far afield as Mildura in Victoria and Maroochydore in Queensland took part.  “We’ve known Mitch for a long time now – it’s great to get out there and spread the message.” Ms Saxby said  Mr McPherson said the total raised this year was at least $4,000 more than last year.  The money will go towards a program in which he speaks to Year 9 students about his experience with suicide.  “The feedback I’ve got from the school stuff is great – lots of kids can relate to it,” he said.

Coffee lovers can drink up for a cause

May 1, 2017

Coffee lovers can get their caffeine fix while also raising funds for suicide prevention in Banjo’s Bakery Cafes around the country this month.

SPEAK UP Stay ChatTY and Banjo’s have teamed up once again during the month of May, with 50 cents from every large coffee sold going to the local charity.

Founder Mitch McPherson said a similar arrangement last year raised more than $27,000.

“Not only does it raise much needed funds to help continue our work in suicide prevention, it also spreads the word throughout four states”

“The message is being spread to regional Australia, in locations that have a need for  awareness, but are normally difficult to reach.”

The funds raised will be used to help run community events as well as presentations to organisations and schools.

Mr McPherson has given more than 500 presentations throughout Australia, raising awareness for suicide prevention following the death of his younger brother Ty in 2013.

“We deliver messages on where to find help if it’s needed, listening to those who need it, and how we can all help each other out in tough times.”

Watoto Children's Choir

July 22, 2017

Banjo’s Bakery Cafe was lucky enough to meet the wonderful children and people of the Watoto Children’s Choir on their recent visit to Hobart, Tasmania in July 2016. Banjo’s Hobart provided them with a wholesome Breakfast to help keep up their strength during their tour.

Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows. To date, the choir has toured six continents and performed to enthralled audiences in schools, retirement homes, churches, parliaments, state houses and royal palaces.

The Watoto Children’s Choir is a unique ‘reaching out’ tool. Reach people in your organisation, community or church. Address issues of global significance and fuel your missions or outreach program to care for the orphan and widow.

Each child in the Watoto Children’s Choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents and now lives in a Watoto village. The experience of travelling on a choir helps the children to develop confidence and boldness, as well as broadening their worldview.

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