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How at all Started
“From Humble Beginnings to a thrust to help others succeed.”
Michael Joubert, Co-Founder, Owner and Senior Business Consultant at Unique Business Plans was born and raised in Paarl, South Africa by a single mother and had very little family support. He attended one of the top schools, Gymnasium High in Paarl and particularly excelled academically in language, accounting and mathematics.
From the age of 11 years old he volunteered and loved to help out at the local Spar and do tasks for neighbours for pocket money to help support the household. He often enjoyed spending some weekends and holidays helping out at the family business in Yzertontein, a small West Coast town located just off the R27 in Cape Town.
By age 17 (2002) Michael faced a very difficult life choice between completing this schooling amidst his Grade 11 exams and leaving school to help his mother who only relied on a state pension and at the time faced the loss of financial support from a close relative. Michael briefly moved to the Coastal town of Yzerfontein where he spend the next 8 months working as a general Shop Keeper and Bar Man.
In April 2003 Michael relocated to the East of Pretoria where he started this retail career with a local Kwikspar. He quickly excelled through the ranks of every department, learning the business until he was offered the position of General Store Manager of a flagship Superspar in Silverlakes, Pretoria-East in June 2006. For the next 5 years Michael enjoyed and successfully managing this 3,500 sqm world class flagship store with a staff compliment of 110+.
By late 2007 Michael co-partnered to purchase his own Spar & Tops store in the North of Johannesburg. For the next 9 months the business exceeded their expectations and outperformed every target set for the store. Unfortunately with the global property market collapse causing interest rates to sky rocket to over 16% and the business facing 2 major burglaries in a short space of time, they were forced to sell the store in mid 2008.
This is when Unique Business Plans was born.
UPB was slowly grown and continued to grow for the next 11 years with a full time team in place achieving phenomenal client satisfaction ratings and double digit % growth rates annually for 11 consecutive years. Michael briefly rejoined the Silver Oaks Superspar Group in Pretoria-East after the sad passing of the Co-Owner’s son who operated the business between 2010 and 2011. During the owner’s grieving period the business sadly sustained major shrinkage losses and loss of operations controls causing the business to downward spiral for a disaster. Michael was asked to rejoin the team as General Manager with less than R50 000 in cash flow and a shrinkage rage in excess of 3.5% (usually 0.25% of store turnover). For the next year Michael re-build the business and successfully improved sales, got the shrinkage rates under contact to below 0.3% and managed to build a health cash flow exceeding R1.5 million.
In September 2011 Michael was offered an opportunity to join the Foodlovers Market Head Office Group under their Freshstop Holdings division who at the time just signed a joined venture with Chevron South Africa (Now Astron Energy) under the Caltex brand. Michael was appointed as a Regional Operations Manager overseeing the conversation and management of 25+ Freshstop Convenience Franchisee stores in the inland South Africs Region. Michael higly excelled in this role and introduced revolutionary business solutions and systems that improved both the productivity, performance and financial bottomline of both Freshstop and the holding company Foodlovers Market.
In 2015 Michael and his family moved back to Cape Town to persue a business opportunity offered to his wife as a Veterinary Surgeon at one of the biggest Veterinary Groups in South Africa. Michael was re-assigned to look after a segmented area within Cape Town as a Regional Operations Manager.By early 2015 the Operations Drector of Freshstop, Mr. Dave Hogg awarded Unique Business Plans an exclusive contract to conduct all Operational Audits for over 300+ Freshstop Franchisees nationally bi-monthly. This naturally became another “leg of business” for UBP.
By August 2017 Michael was offered a Senior position as head of the group’s Food Brand where he successfully transformed the group’s QSR category int a R273 million per annum with 129 outlets category (97% improvement in 18 months). Michael also built a National Food Training Program that offered skills training to over 1000 trainees. By the end of December 2018 Unique Business Plans was awarded another major QSR Food Safety and Operations Audit Contract which in conjunction with the Freshstop audits contact gave us the responsibility to conduct over 500 independent retail and food safety audits nationally to over 600 franchisees.
Naturally this phenomenal growth and responsibility opportunity forced Michael Joubert to retire from this position from Freshstop Head Office as National Food Brands Manager, both due to his commitment to focus on Unique Business Plans and his concern towards a conflict of interest. By end December 2019 permanently joined his Unique Business Plans office that had already successfully completed in excess of 9,500 business plan projects since 2008. Today Michael manages Unique Business Plans on a full time basis as Head of Operations and Senior Business Consultant overseeing a team of 15 staff and 7 independent contractors.
Today Unique Business Plans are Leading Professional Business Plan Creators specialising in assisting franchised and non-franchised startups, NPO’s and existing businesses across South Africa and Africa. We also specialise in Full Business Startup Assistance, Business Funding Applications, Virtual Assistance, Digital, Paid & Social Media Marketing, Project Management and Business Support Programs. Our team has a team with over 150 years collective experience developing fully custom designed business plans and have assisted over 11,000 client raise over R76 billion since 2008. Contact us today for a free quotation or book a consultation.
News: Unique Business Plans is now also in an expansion phase with plans to open new offices in Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Mauritius, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, DRC, New York, Dubai and London by 2027.
Dynamic And Driven TEAM
Unique Business Plans is a leading team of professional Business Plan Consultants based in South Africa. Our dynamic, highly technologically innovative team and performance systems enables us to assist clients both countrywide and internationally.
Michael JoubertBusiness Owner | Senior Business Consultant
Charlotte FreemanClient Relations Manager
Philip Van NiekerkProject Manager
Gwendoline FreemanProject Manager
Cobus Van Der MerweProject Manager
Donovan StevensProject Manager
How did it all start?
Unique Business Plans was established in 2008 by Business Owner and Senior Business Planner, Michael Joubert after seeing a need in the market for affordable business plan creation to SME’s throughout South Africa. Unique Business Plans strive to deliver a stable, robust and reliable service at affordable rates to all our clients. We serve countrywide. Unique Business Plans strive to deliver a stable, robust and reliable service at affordable rates to both privately owned and franchised businesses as well as small and large corporations across South Africa and Africa. Over the years Unique Business Plans has developed a unique sense of doing business, with an honest, loyal and open-minded approach.
Our statistics have proven that our clients always get more than what they pay for and have since given us a 97% client satisfaction rating. Our clients love what we do, just as much as we love what we do and as much as we love each of our clients. We are here to help you – we understand how hard it is for businesses to compete in today’s global marketplace and so we help you concentrate and focus on your products/services while we take care of your business planning & business funding needs.Senio