Franchisee of the Year 2017: Meet the finalists
Find out which franchisees competing to take a Startups Awards crown for carrying out stellar work in their local communities…
ActionCOACH (Chalkhill Blue)
Chris Spratling had already made his name as managing director and CEO of a number of blue-chip publishing companies before starting the Chalkhill Blue branch of business coaching franchise ActionCOACH. In the past 18 months, it has ran over 25 free business education seminars and advised over 500 entrepreneurs.
Hannah Drury took over the Sutton branch of care provider Caremark at the request of her dying stepfather when she was just 23 years-old. The franchise has since gained industry recognition, winning Young Franchisee of the Year and Franchisee of the Year at the bfa Franchise of the Year Awards 2017.
Driver Hire (Guildford)
Despite having no knowledge of the sector, Richard Bradshaw went from the Florida hospitality industry to opening the Guildford branch of transport logistics provider Driver Hire in 2013. He now finds work for between 60 to 70 drivers every week, supplying around 30 clients ranging from local businesses through to major nationals such as Royal Mail and DHL
Heritage Healthcare (Trafford)
Manchester-based Mark Collier became a franchisee for Heritage Healthcare after struggling to find a provider within his local area for his mother which offered a sufficient quality and standard of care. His branch supplies staff for home visits of anything from 30 minutes to a full 24-hour live in care package.
Seniors Helping Seniors
Run by husband and wife team Christian and Sally Wilse, Seniors Helping Seniors matches specially vetted senior carers with older and less able people to help them keep hold of their independence for longer. Its carers can provide help with a range of tasks including general domestic tasks, transportation to and from appointments, pet care, and trips out into the community