Deadline looming for those keen to enter this year’s HSBC UK Elite Franchise Top 100

Two weeks remain for the UK's elite franchise brands to make their mark in this esteemed sixth annual event.

Deadline looming for those keen to enter this year’s HSBC UK Elite Franchise Top 100

The battle to claim top honours in the prestigious Elite Franchise Top 100 (EF100) is well underway. With the deadline of Friday, October 14th (5pm), fast approaching, there are now less than two weeks remaining to enter this year’s big event.

The reigning ‘champs’ are Home Instead, but any franchise brand which receives a top-100 ranking can be proud of their achievements. And for the first time in the history of the EF100, this year’s judging panel will include the senior leadership team of the British Franchise Association (BFA).

Emily Price, the BFA’s chief operating officer, said: “Our association represents the franchising community, and has been influencing standards for 45 years. So it’s only right that we ensure that industry-wide initiatives – such as the EF100 – are embraced and supported.

“Alongside our chief executive, Pip Wilkins, I’ll be joining the judging team. This will provide our organisation with an opportunity to influence standards for those that receive a ranking.

“A large proportion of each year’s EF100 league table are BFA-accredited brands. However, we at the BFA want to provide the wider franchise community with an action-based commitment through our involvement with the EF100.

“Our desire is to continue our evolution through collaboration, diversity and inclusion. The benefits of BFA membership stretch far beyond a stamp of approval. We aim to provide a meaningful opportunity – for the entire franchise community – to collectively influence the direction of change within our specialised industry. We are here to serve franchisors and franchisees alike.”

As for this year’s EF100, Emily explained that BFA judges are hoping entrants will demonstrate the ‘ethics and values’ that the Association strongly believe in. She added: “We’ll be looking for a solid commitment to both the development of the business model, and their pledge to take sustainability seriously, with regards to protecting supply chains, as well as product development.

“We are hoping to identify a strong work ethic, along with a will to look beyond the contract, by operating in good faith and with humanity. These are all elements that should not be overlooked when assessing the success of any franchise brand.”

The list of finalists, for this sixth annual event, will be published on Monday, December 5th, and there will be a celebratory evening to enjoy during 2023, the date of which is yet to be announced.

Last year’s top 10 brands:

1: Home Instead

2: Snap-on Tools UK

3: ActionCOACH

4: Subway

5: InXpress

6: Papa John’s

7: Tutor Doctor

8: Right at Home UK

9: Driver Hire

10: énergie Fitness

To view the complete list of last year’s EF top-100 franchise brands, click here.

Andy Swales
Andy Swales