2016 finalists for bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards announced

Posted 08/03/2016 : By: Support

Seventeen finalists from multiple business sectors, including swim schools, logistics, healthcare and home improvement, will compete for a selection of the franchise industry’s highest accolades.

The shortlist for the British Franchise Association’s HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2016 has been announced. Seventeen finalists from multiple business sectors, including swim schools, logistics, healthcare and home improvement, will compete for a selection of the franchise industry’s highest accolades.Featuring up-and-comers alongside some of the biggest brands in the sector, franchisors were required to evidence their company culture, franchisee support, innovative practices and commitment to franchising ethics to reach this stage.The 2016 finalists are:bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year 2016• Driver Hire Nationwide

• Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA)

• Home Instead Senior Care

• McDonald’s Restaurants

• Minster Cleaning Services

• Rainbow International

• Water BabiesEmerging Franchisor of the Year (five years or less in franchising)• busylizzy

• Diamond Logistics

• Heritage HealthcareFranchisee Recruitment Award• Home Instead Senior Care

• Premier Sport

• TaxAssist AccountantsAward for Innovation• McDonald’s Restaurants

• Swimtime

• X-Press Legal ServicesCustomer Focus Award• Dream Doors

• Dyno-Rod

• O2Finalists will present to a judging panel of industry experts on 12 and 13 April, with winners announced at a black-tie dinner on 23 June in Nottingham. Guest judges this year include Nicola Broadhurst from Stevens & Bolton, Euan Fraser of AMO Consulting and Stuart Walsh from Franchise Finance.Pip Wilkins, who becomes the bfa’s chief executive in April, added: “This was a very difficult process thanks to the number and calibre of entries. It’s particularly pleasing to see the variety of businesses expanding through franchising represented, reflecting the range of operators in UK franchising. Our finalists should be very proud to have been recognised for their exceptional performance.”

The bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards were established in 1989 and have a rich history of showcasing current and future success stories. Previous winners include Autosmart, Domino’s and Toni & Guy. Property board services business Agency Express took the top honour last year.