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bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards

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Past Winners


bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award

  • Gold Award: Keith Ellwood, Autosmart (Edinburgh)
  • Silver Award: Ron Mounsey, McDonald’s (Swansea)
  • Bronze Award: Eve Kay, Jo Jingles (Frodsham, Cheshire)

Regional winners:

  • London/South East: Gee Bains, Driver Hire (London)
  • Scotland / Nothern Ireland: Keith Ellwood
  • Midlands/North Wales: Steven Prime, Esquires Coffee Houses (Coventry)
  • The North: Eve Kay
  • South West/South Wales: Ron Mounsey


bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award

  • Gold Award: Mike and Catharine Chalton, Home Instead Senior Care (Wirral)
  • Silver Award: Afia Sirkhot, McDonald’s (Birmingham & Dudley)
  • Bronze Award: Ian Cain, NBC Bird and Pest Solutions (Edinburgh)

Regional winners:

  • London and the South East: Asad Hamir, Amar Radia and Adarsh Radia, O2 (London W1)
  • Scotland: Ian Cain, NBC Bird and Pest Control (Edinburgh)
  • The Midlands: Afia Sirkhot, McDonald’s (Birmingham and Dudley)
  • The North: Mike and Catherine Chalton, Home Instead Senior Care (Moreton, Wirral)
  • The South West and Wales: Lorraine Thompson, Driver Hire (Oxford)


bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award

  • Gold award: Gerald Thompson, McDonald's (Manchester and Oldham)
  • Silver award: Frank Sutherland, Autosmart (Aberdeenshire)
  • Bronze award: Peter Morrison, Granite Transformation (Cambridge)

Regional winners

  • London and the South East: Guy Whittaker, Dairy Crest
  • Scotland: Frank Sutherland, Autosmart
  • The Midlands: Peter Morrison, Granite Transformation
  • The North: Gerald Thompson, McDonald's
  • The South West and South Wales: Nick Bourne, Cash Generator


  • Gold: Sandra Redmond of Molly Maid
  • Silver: Tamsin Brewis, of Water Babies
  • Bronze: Mark Fordham, of TaxAssist Accountants


The bfa’s Franchise awards have been running for well over 20 years. For further information about past winners contact the bfa.

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