• May 24, 2016
  • Mehrnaz Karimi
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Double Announcement at EWIF!

The Winners of the 2016 Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards were announced today at the ceremony in London. It was also announced that EWIF would be launching a Midlands Regional Meeting.

Men and women from across the industry gathered to celebrate the winners and see them receive their awards. Caprice Bourret attended as the guest speaker this year to share her success story and inspire more women into business ownership.

We’ve been partnering these awards since the very beginning. Over that time, we’ve been honoured to be able to celebrate some fantastic achievements and examples of inspiring women across the industry. Entries for this year’s awards have been of the highest standard – reflecting the true impact that women are having in franchising. The professionalism and achievements of all the nominees is inspiring. They’re great examples of the kind of women we’ve been privileged to work with; women breaking into the industry and taking their futures in their own hands,” Andrew Taylor, UK Head of Leisure, Retail & Franchise at Natwest.

The winners are:

New Franchisor of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by Darwin Gray

  • Jenni Dunman – Daisy First Aid

New Franchisee of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by NatWest

  • Sara Harrison – Angela’s Swim School

Franchisor of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by Franchise Finance

  • Sussanne Chambers – HomeXperts

Franchisee of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by McDonald’s

  • Anne Wainwright – McDonald’s

Franchise Employee of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by What Franchise

  • Kellie Blake – Rosemary Bookkeeping

Service Provider of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by The Franchise Show

  • Donna King – Franchise Finance

Young Women in Franchising of the Year Award 2016 sponsored by Caremark

  • Claire Roberts – Magical Maths

The 6th annual EWIF awards have been bigger than ever. We received a record number of entries and having read through each and every one myself, I was extremely impressed with the achievements of so many women in our industry. It’s encouraging to see more and more women coming forward to recognise and celebrate their own achievements. Every year we see more women attend and enter the awards and it shows that our cause is continuing to gain traction and momentum,” explains Clive Sawyer, CEO of EWIF.

Midlands Expansion

Fiona BoswellEWIF were delighted to announce that they are expanding their Regional Meetings into the Midlands. The meetings will be headed up by Fiona Boswell from Fraser Brown Solicitors who has worked in the franchise industry for a number of years, supporting women who are looking for a route into franchising.

Fiona is looking forward to hosting the meetings and wants women in the region to benefit from both her own knowledge and experience and that of the EWIF organisation as a whole. Fraser Brown Solicitors have been operating in the Midlands franchise sector for over 30 years and Fiona is looking to help many more businesses in the area benefit from their years of expertise.

The Midlands is a very diverse and large region in the UK and there are already a number of existing businesses who are operating franchises in the region. There are also a number of female run businesses, both franchisees and franchisors, and they need a body to represent them. I’m also a woman based in franchising so I understand the industry and the challenges many female business owners can often face,” explains Fiona.

EWIF Regional Meetings are held across the UK, throughout the year, to give women from every walk of life the opportunity to attend and gather advice, information and network with like-minded business owners.

The Midlands Regional meetings with provide a forum in the region for women to network and gain knowledge, share ideas and forge relationships within the industry. If they’re interested in operating a franchise it will be a forum of knowledge for them to benefit from. Franchising is a great move for women who want to run their own business because it provides flexibility and the security and support of a franchisor who has done it all before,” adds Fiona.

To find out more about the new Midlands region or becoming part of EWIF visit or email


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