Finalists announced for bfa’s HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards

20 “pioneering” franchisors named in celebration of UK’s franchise industry

The finalists of the British Franchise Association’s (bfa) annual Franchisor of the Year Awards have been unveiled with repair and alterations chain The Zipyard, finalist in the 2013 Startups Awards, among those named.

Now in its 25th year, the Awards, backed by HSBC and ran in partnership with Express newspapers, looks to recognise the franchisors helping to contribute to the UK economy through “innovation, entrepreneurialism, and export growth”.

With a goal to celebrate “pioneering” franchisors for their efforts and business practices, this year the bfa had introduced six new categories to support a “greater mixture of newer and upcoming businesses with some of the giants”, which includes accolades such as the International Achievement Award and the Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award for franchise newcomers.

Those named in the shortlist include McDonald’s and O2 in the Innovation Award category, with Domino’s, Water Babies, and Signs Express, amongst those competing for the overall award of  Franchisor of the Year.

The finalists will be attending a judging panel on May 21 to May 22 to determine the successful franchisors, with the winners invited to a gala dinner at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire on June 26.

The 20 franchisors vying to the win the awards across the six categories are:

  • Ableworld
  • Agency Express
  • Autosmart (up for two separate accolades)
  • Bright & Beautiful
  • Chemex
  • Domino’s
  • ERA
  • Kumon
  • InXpress
  • Mail Boxes Etc.
  • McDonald’s
  • O2
  • Pirtek
  • Right at Home
  • Riverford Organic Farms
  • Signs Express
  • Tax Assist Accountants
  • The Zipyard
  • Water Babies

Cathryn Hayes, head of franchising for HSBC, said: “This is one of the toughest year’s judging processes I can remember.

“The 20 finalists should be extremely proud to have stood out in a highly competitive field, reflecting the quality and depth that is found in today’s franchise brands.

“Commiserations go to those that did not make it this far and we hope to see them again next year.”

To find out more about the finalists and their categories, click here.

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