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  • Jun 15, 2015
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Shortlist announced for Franchisee of the Year Awards 2015

Twenty of the UK’s best franchising entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2015, supported by Express Newspapers.

Following a record number of entries, the 20 business owners from across Britain had to demonstrate the highest standards to be in contention for the most prestigious honours available to individuals in franchising.

bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2015

Andy Brattesani, head of franchising for HSBC and one of the awards judges, said: “The process to reach this shortlist proved very difficult indeed thanks to the calibre of entries and these 20 franchisees should feel extremely proud to have reached this stage. The variety of businesses is notable, ranging from single owner-operators to multimillion-pound companies, reflecting the diversity of people and sectors represented in modern franchising in the UK.”

There are six different categories for the awards, with finalists named as:

Female Franchisee of the Year

       bullet point Shweta Jhajharia, ActionCoach London        bullet point Faye McDonough, Bright & Beautiful Altrincham        bullet point Sarah McLean, McDonald’s Nuneaton & surroundings        bullet point Carolyn Sharpe, Puddle Ducks Newcastle upon Tyne

Young Franchisee of the Year (aged 30 or under)

       bullet point Tim Harris, Anytime Fitness Welwyn Garden City        bullet point Richard Swayne, Snap-on Tools Dartford        bullet point Dan Wade, WPA Healthcare East Sussex

Microbusiness Franchisee of the Year (less than £100,000 turnover)

       bullet point Paul Stokes, Little Kickers Hitchin & Bedford        bullet point Les Graves, TruGreen South Bedfordshire        bullet point Adrian Steel, Wilkins Chimney Sweep North Hampshire

Customer Service Franchisee of the Year

       bullet point Nic Chaviaris, Driver Hire Gatwick        bullet point Noel Gallacher, Dyno Plumbing Scotland        bullet point Amy & Philip Kennedy, Home Instead Senior Care Peterborough        bullet point Steve Roberts, O2 North West

B2B Franchisee of the Year

       bullet point Kevin Preston, Drain Doctor North West        bullet point Lee Brimecombe & Paul Nebbett, in-toto kitchens Exeter        bullet point Lee Eaton, Signs Express Manchester

Olderpreneur Franchisee of the Year (aged 55 or older)

       bullet point Mike Guerin, McDonald’s Bristol & surroundings        bullet point Sue Caulfield, Metro Rod Oxon & West Bucks        bullet point Fran Maclean, Pitman Training Edinburgh & Glasgow

[caption id="attachment_216" align="alignright" width="275"]Tina Young, Franchisee of the Year 2014 Tina Young, Franchisee of the Year 2014[/caption]

One of the six category winners will be named bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year 2015, which comes with £10,000 in prize money from HSBC as well as significant prestige; there are some 39,000 franchisees in the country. Each category winner takes home £1,000.

Cathryn Hayes of the bfa, who chairs the judging panel, commented: “This is welcome recognition of outstanding business people who have harnessed the support found in ethical franchising to achieve their self-employment goals. Our finalists have already demonstrated the difference they’re making in their communities across the UK, from northern Scotland to the south coast, and we look forward to hearing more from them at what is certain to be an extremely difficult judging process to find our winners.”

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Sean Hammond of Express Newspapers said: “We’ve seen the standard of entrants for these awards continually rise and this year is no exception. Franchising has never been in better health and these business owners are shining examples of what’s possible within the sector, rightly acknowledged for their dedication, acumen and results.”

Finalists will present to a judging panel of franchising experts on 15 & 16 July, with winners announced at a black-tie dinner hosted by Steph McGovern on Thursday 1 October at Birmingham Town Hall.

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