Semi-finalists revealed for bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year 10/07/2012 09:15

FotY logo28 franchisees have successfully made it through to the semi-finals of the 2012 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year awards, supported by Express Newspapers. The awards celebrate excellence within the franchising community, highlighting the dedication, enterprise and professionalism of franchisees from a wide variety of business sizes and sectors from across the UK.

The first round of judging has seen nominees for each of the five bfa regions progress to compete for the opportunity to be a regional finalist, from which the overall bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year will be selected. The exceptional calibre of entries this year has seen two regions retaining more than the traditional five entrants at this stage of the competition.

The semi-finalists are:

     London & South East

  • Antal International - Liz Dillon
  • Belvoir Lettings – Carl Belle
  • Dyno-Rod Plumbing and Drains – Daniel Bowyer
  • McDonald’s Restaurants – David Padmore
  • Reeds Rains – Gareth McLean
  • Driver Hire – Gurpreet Bains
  • WPA – Daniel Wade

     South West & South Wales

  • Barking Mad – Robert Schuler
  • Caremark – Janis Anderson
  • Dairy Crest – Steve Hunter
  • McDonald’s Restaurants – Ron Mounsey
  • Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs – Sedge Gooding
  • Driver Hire – Lorraine Thompson


     Scotland & Northern Ireland

  • Autosmart International – Keith Ellwood
  • Card Connection – Gabriel McGeown
  • Driver Hire – Richard Good & Thomas McClymont
  • McDonald’s Restaurants – Andy Gibson
  • Jo Jingles – Leigh Duke

     Midlands & North Wales

  • Esquires Coffee Houses – Steven Prime
  • Merry Maids – Ian & Barbara Roberts
  • Home Instead Senior Care – Mark Darnell & Elaine Lomax
  • Dyno-Rod Plumbing and Drains – Iain Stewart
  • Belvoir Lettings – Simon Bell



  • Home Instead Senior Care – Luke Norbury
  • Jo Jingles – Eve Kay
  • Signs Express – Malcolm Lant
  • Belvoir Lettings – Dave Roberts
  • Little Kickers – Joanne Temple

Cathryn Hayes, head of franchising at HSBC, said: “I think we are going to have a challenge ahead of us in judging with so many inspirational and passionate individuals at this semi-finalist stage. At HSBC we are lucky enough to work with some of the UK’s best franchisees every day. It is always a pleasure to see this brought to life in the diverse entries we receive each year, reflecting the rich vein of talent and determination that empowers the franchise industry."

Sean Hammond, head of franchising at Express Newspapers, said: “The successes of these franchisees are the products of their own dedication, customer care and professionalism. However, this sits on top of a solid foundation of ethical franchising from their franchisors. This collaboration is a powerful combination and these franchisees are a testament to what can be achieved.”

A second round of judging at the end of July will see up to three regional finalists selected in each area, with interviews on the 15th or 16th August by a judging panel determining the destiny of the accolades. Award winners will be announced during a black tie gala dinner held on 4th October at the NEC in Birmingham.

Prizes this year, courtesy of HSBC, include £5,000 to the winner of the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Gold Award; £3,000 for the Silver Award; and £2,000 given to the Bronze Award winner. The five regional finalists will each receive £500.

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