Winners of Encouraging Women into Franchising awards announced

Winners of Encouraging Women into Franchising awards announced

Seven exceptional women in franchising were awarded at the Encouraging Women into Franchising awards (EWIF) last week.

Over 150 of the UK’s leading franchisors and industry experts attended the EWIF awards as it held its fourth annual event in London.

EWIF is a not-for-profit organisation that encourages women to buy a franchise business, franchise their existing business or help existing franchise operations attract more female franchisees.

The awards, sponsored by NatWest, were presented for seven different categories. Winners included Karen Burdett of lawn care maintenance company TruGreen for New Woman Franchisee of the Year and New Woman Franchisor of the Year was awarded to mum2mum market franchisor, Cath Harrop, for her business that enables mothers to sell unwanted clothes to one another.

Ali Beckman, employee of the children’s swimming teaching franchise PuddleDucks was also awarded for Woman Franchise Employee of the Year.

The Outstanding Contribution award was specially presented to Pam Bader OBE FRSA, founder of domestic cleaning franchise Molly Maid for her work in advocating franchising to women.

Other winners included Teresa Bowers from Wagging Tails, Ginny Murphy from The Wheel Specialist and Helen Thompson from Kyros Franchising.

Louise Harris, co-chair of EWIF and co-host of the awards, commented:

“Finalists and winners here today are testament to the fact that although there may not be as many women in franchising as there should be, the ones we have are hugely talented and are tremendous role models for anyone thinking of joining our industry in 2013.”

Head of franchising at NatWest, Graeme Jones, added: “Franchising represents a great opportunity to get into self-employment across a range of sectors and business models. We are delighted to support these awards which celebrate the range of talent that exists and acts as a beacon for those who require encouragement to get involved.”

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