It goes without saying that franchisors wouldn’t be as successful without their committed franchisees. Now, the bfa in partnership with HSBC are celebrating a select few franchisee finalists in their annual Franchise Awards ceremony.
In recognition of the young blood keeping the franchising heart pumping, the ceremony will put the newcomers front and centre with the Young Franchisee of the Year award. We see the finalists Almas Adam of Right at Home Loughton, Emma Ogden of Little Kickers South East Leicester & Northants and Helen Bell of Razzamataz Theatre Schools Sheffield in the running for the coveted prize.
Buying a franchise can be the beginning of franchisees establishing their own kingdom with several territories under their rule. Championing the franchisees who do this the best is what the Multi-unit Award is all about. Commemorating those with more than three units in the same network to their name we see Diljit Brar of Costa (Goldex Investments Group Ltd); Jason Woods of Pirtek Worcester, Gloucester, Kidderminster, Swansea and Cardiff; and Lee Atkins of Autosmart Coventry, Rugby and Solihull.
An often quoted phrase in the industry is that joining a franchise means you’re in business for yourself but not by yourself. The network is on your side and the stronger it is the better you’ll do. Given how important this relationship is, it’s hardly surprising that the Franchise Awards will celebrate franchisees who go out of their way to improve their network. Competing for the prestigious Network Contribution Award are Neil Hatt of InXpress South Birmingham, Andy McCreadie of Sandler Training in the South West and Jeff Longley of Mr. Electric North Birmingham.
And of course customers are just as essential to franchising as franchisees are to franchisors. Having proved their chops by going above and beyond in supplying the best customer experiences are finalists Julie Ward and Alison Bayes of Molly Maid Braintree; the second entry of Right at Home Andrew Davis who heads the Bournemouth and Poole franchise; James Lofthouse of Minster Cleaning Services North and South Sheffield and Neil Illingworth of Dyno Greater Merseyside vying for Customer Focus Franchisee of the Year.
Last but not least we come to the shortlist for the Lifestyle Franchisee of the Year award, which sees those who opted into a franchise for a better work-life balance and to stand out from the crowd. With another entry from Razzamataz Theatre Schools is Hayley Limpkin in Medway, Lucy Cameron of ActionCOACH in the South East and Louise Walsh of The Christmas Decorators Birmingham.
Commenting on the impressive list of finalists, Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, said: “Our annual awards are growing more popular than ever and the quality of entrants made it a tough task to narrow it down to our 16 finalists. I would like to thank everyone who entered as the commitment, passion and effort is apparent in every application. Congratulations to all our finalists, as we know that a lot of hard work goes in to the applications and presentations, and they have done an incredible job to achieve the shortlist. Good luck to them all for the night of the awards, I can honestly say that that the quality of entrants makes the task of judging a difficult one.”
After showcasing their franchisee flare to a panel of judges, the winners will be called to receive the top gong at the bfa HSBC awards ceremony on Thursday June 28, which can be found via their website. And the light from such flare will surely be beaming.