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Young Essex business owner wins prestigious national business award

Almas Adam, the owner of Right at Home caregivers franchises in Loughton, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, Essex, has won the Young Franchisee Award in the prestigious annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018. 

Run by the British Franchise Association (bfa), these widely-respected awards recognise both franchisees and franchisors who have demonstrated outstanding business acumen, innovation and achievement.  Franchising is a simple relationship between two parties, the franchisor who owns the brand and business system, and the franchisee who contracts to run a copy of that business in a local area.

The bfa HSBC Franchise Award winners were announced last night, 28th June 2018, at the ICC in Birmingham at an exclusive black-tie ceremony held between day one and two of the bfa Annual Conference.  The Young Franchisee Award celebrates and recognises young franchise business owners under 30 who have established a profitable franchise and achieved success beyond their years.  The judges were particularly impressed that the young franchisee Almas Adam had achieved year-on-year growth.

At the age of 24, Almas took on the Right at Home franchise, which provides in-home care and support services for almost any family and practically any situation. Its homecare lets loved ones enjoy healthy lives in the comfort of a familiar environment with care tailored to each situation.

After graduating, Almas decided not to follow a traditional career pathway and decided to invest in a franchise instead because of the flexibility it offered him and as a franchisee and business owner.  He feels his biggest achievement at Right at Home has been his involvement in integrating technology into the care sector, helping it evolve and bringing it into a new era. As well as running his own franchise, he has also led the development of Right at Home’s new client management system, which is helping his own business and all 52 franchisees deliver the best possible services, making a real difference to the lives of their clients.  

Almas finds it hard to capture all that he has learnt in the past few years and feels like he has had a crash-course in management, business and self-development. This has all been possible through franchising. He feels he has hundreds of mentors and lots of best practice to learn from such a big network. This has helped him develop personally, from a natural introvert to a confident individual.  He plans to carry on his journey in franchising and aspires to become a franchisor himself one day

On winning the Young Franchisee Award, Almas said, “I am absolutely delighted to receive the Young Franchisee Award and would like to dedicate this award to my fantastic team of CareGivers and support staff at Right at Home Loughton as well as my father who has always been a role model for hard work and dedication for me. I have always admired the winners of this prestigious event, including my own franchisor, Ken Deary who was named Franchisee of the Year in 2002, and hoped that one day I would be able to emulate their achievements.

“Building a successful homecare business alongside Ken Deary has allowed me to grow and develop skills which I have been able to transfer across all the brands that I am involved in. The involvement of multiple brands and multi-units has given me a great platform for rapid growth personally and through business.

“It is all about ensuring the right people are around you, and with a brilliant local team, fantastic clients and very supportive franchisor, I feel privileged to be doing something that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, said, “It’s over forty years since the bfa was launched specifically to develop ethical franchising in the UK, and I am proud of the way the sector has grown in that time, with the industry’s turnover exceeding £15bn – that’s 1% of the UK’s GDP! If you are running a successful business or want to be your own boss, then franchising is a valid and important option for accelerating your business growth or starting your own commercial venture.” 

“The bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018 are a celebration of the broad church that is franchising in the UK, from a large multi-national to a lifestyle business, as franchisors come in all shapes and sizes. Every year it’s really great to see the excellent work our members demonstrate through their entries and the quality has never been higher. I would like to thank all our finalists in this year’s awards and congratulate our winners, it was an extremely hard job for the judges to separate them. It great to see such a wide range of businesses represented as it really does illustrate the depth and breadth of franchising opportunities in the UK. 

“It was wonderful to see so many young people who have chosen franchising as a career option. They are great role models, demonstrating the success you can have with a franchise business if you work hard. I would like to congratulate Almas and wish him the best of luck in future!” 
Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising for the Awards’ sponsor HSBC, said, “HSBC is delighted to be once again supporting these industry leading franchise awards. Franchise businesses are often the hidden engine of business growth in the UK and it is essential to highlight the important contribution both large and small businesses make to our economy. It is also important to showcase to people that they can run their own businesses and if you don’t want to go it alone, or haven’t got a strong business idea, you can still be successful and become your own boss, as together we thrive.”

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