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Best UK franchisees nominated for bfa awards

Top 20 finalists for the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award 2016 now announced.

Franchisee nominations come from companies of all types and size – from franchise micro businesses to international networks – and cover such diverse areas as signs, domestic services and senior care.

The Awards celebrate business excellence and are now in their 27th year.

The Finalists are:

Young Franchisee of the Year (aged 30 or under)

Luke Hodgson, Snap-on Tools, Milton Keynes

Heather Ratcliffe, Swimtime West Midlands

Ben Witcomb, Metro Rod Newport, Hereford & Gloucester

Female Franchisee of the Year

Tricia Craig, Metro Rod North East

Clare Jefferies, Home Instead Wimbledon & Kingston

Cherry Lewis-Taylor, McDonald’s Essex

Alex Scotchbrook, Tutor Doctor Surrey

Microbusiness Franchisee of the Year (less than £100,000 turnover)

Richard Bryan, Wilkins Chimney Swee Tyneside North

Mike Lethbridge, TruGreen Newbury & Basingstoke

Matthew & Jenny Snell, Trophy Pet Foods Swindon & North Wiltshire

Customer Service Franchisee of the Year

Nathan Holmes, Revive! Cambridge

Zak Patel, O2 Yorkshire

Dez Ward & Emma Lea, Molly Maid York & Harrogate

Jane Wiles & Ray Allenby, Signs Express Portsmouth

B2B Franchisee of the Year

Lee Brimecombe & Paul Nebbett, in-toto Exeter

Kevin Lawley, Minster Cleaning Services Norfolk & Suffolk

Andy Mee, Business Doctors North Bucks & Oxfordshire

Olderpreneur Franchisee of the Year (aged 55 or older)

Steve Brown, Rosemary Bookkeeping Newbury

Peter Eccles, Snap-on Tools Bridgwater

Charles Folkes, Caremark Redcar & Cleveland

Last year’s Franchisee Awards

Pip Wilkins
Pip Wilkins

Pip Wilkins, the bfa’s CEO, commented: “With around 45,000 franchise-owned businesses in the UK, we’ve had to make some very tough choices to get down to 20 finalists.

Selecting just a handful of exceptional business owners to go through is extremely difficult. These are outstanding entrepreneurs that are leading the way in franchising and we’re set for an even more difficult task ahead in choosing the winners.”

The overall UK Franchisee of the Year 2016 will be named from one of the six category winners.

All finalists will present their case to a panel of expert judges on 13 & 14 July, which this year includes Nikki Broadhurst of law firm Stevens & Bolton; Euan Fraser from AMO Consulting; and Stuart Walsh of Franchise Finance. They’re joined by Brattesani, Wilkins and Brian Smart, who will chair the panel.

Winners will be named at a black-tie ceremony on Thursday 29 September at Birmingham Town Hall. News of the finalists and winners can be followed via the hashtag #FranchiseeAwards16.

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