With the franchise industry stronger than ever, it is important to remember that without passionate and inspirational franchisees, the industry would not be in the place it is today. The bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year awards are a celebration of these franchisees, highlighting their success.
We are thrilled to announce the five category finalists below:
Female Franchisee of the Year
- Shweta Jhajharia, ActionCOACH Ltd
- Judy Wilson-Petch, Greensleeves Lawn Care
- Germaine Ash, Mac Tools
- Tamsin Brewis, Water Babies
Young Franchisee of the Year (aged 30 or under)
Customer Focus Award
- Ruth Morris, Creation Station
- Neil Collis, Ed’s Garden Maintenance
- John Baldacchino, Wilkins Chimney Sweep Ltd.
Franchisee Innovation Award
Pip Wilkins, the bfa’s CEO, commented, “With so many inspirational stories from our members franchisees, it’s always a tough task to narrow it down to our 15 finalists. These outstanding business owners have so many different reasons for taking control of their business lives, and to hear the diversity in these stories is always so empowering. All of our finalists this year are an excellent example of how the franchisor’s collaborative approach, combined with the go-getting attitude of the franchisee, generates success at both individual and network levels.”
Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising for HSBC, said, “Judging is a hard task at the best of times, which only becomes harder every year when the difference in best in class is paper thin. Each highlights how focus and drive, when supplemented by the support of a franchisor, results in the growth of a sustainable and profitable business. HSBC are delighted to play a pivotal role in meeting the financial challenges of this dynamic and important market sector.”
The overall UK Franchisee of the Year 2017 will be named from one of the five category winners after being voted for by the audience on the night. All finalists will present their case to a panel of expert judges on 16th and 17th May, which this year includes:
- Pip Wilkins QFP, Chief Executive, bfa
- Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising, HSBC
- Damian Humphreys, Partner, Ashtons Legal
- Neil Foster QFP, Business Development Manager, EKW Group
- Julie Waites, Director, The Franchise Company
Winners will be named at the newly combined bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, a black-tie ceremony held between day one and two of the bfa Annual Conference, on 28th June 2017 at the ICC in Birmingham. News of the finalists and winners on the night can be followed via the hashtag #bfaFotY17.