Franchisee awards ready to celebrate UKs leading franchise owners

The Awards, celebrating their 22nd year, offer franchisees the opportunity to showcase their inspirational stories of success. From turning pioneering business ideas into reality, developing new community initiatives, or achieving growth despite the challenges of a difficult economic climate, the Awards recognise the individuals which have demonstrated best practice in franchising.
This year’s awards will include an overall winner, as well as winners across five regions – London & South East, South West & South Wales, Midlands & North Wales, North, and Scotland & Northern Ireland.  Franchisors are able to enter up to five franchisees for the awards, with one nomination per region.
2010 overall winner, Gerald Thompson of McDonald’s in Manchester and Oldham, (pictured above) said: “I feel extremely proud to be named the 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year. It’s a great honour and one which I couldn’t have achieved without the great support of my team.”
This year’s Gold Winner will be named bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year and receive £5,000 from HSBC, together with a commemorative trophy. The Silver and Bronze Winners will receive £3,000 and £2,000 respectively, courtesy of HSBC. The five regional winners will each receive £500, again courtesy of HSBC
Brian Smart, Director General, bfa, said: “We urge all franchisors to consider nominating those franchisees who not only set the standard for your brand, but provide motivation and inspiration for others. We look forward to reviewing the entries for the 2011 awards and hearing the success stories which embody excellence in ethical franchising.”
Cathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said: “HSBC is delighted to support the industry’s best franchisees in showcasing their outstanding capabilities and the innovative spirit that makes franchising in the UK great.  Franchisees are fundamental to the sector’s continued success and we are looking forward to hearing their stories of determination and achievement. HSBC is proud of our role in supporting so many successful franchisees over the years.  These Awards are an important opportunity to demonstrate the passion, professionalism and success of the UK’s top franchisees.”
The nominations close on 20 June 2011 and finalists will be invited for interview with the judging panel on 27 and 28 July.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner, being held at the NEC in Birmingham, on 29 September 2011.
bfa members will receive entry forms in the post, but additional entry forms can be downloaded from the Awards section of