Lettings agency franchise Belvoir has been shortlisted as a finalist in the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2011 and the Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Award.

Belvoir, which was founded by Mike and Stephanie Goddard in 1995 and launched as a franchise in 1996, has enjoyed phenomenal growth in recent years. With 142 offices nationwide, Belvoir is confident it will reach 150 locations this year.

The British Franchise Association (bfa) awards represent an opportunity for the UK’s best franchisors to gain recognition for their achievements in 2010 – a year when many businesses had to work harder than ever to compete successfully in a tough economic climate. Belvoir was selected as a finalist from a wealth of strong entries spanning multiple sectors, business size and locations across the UK and is the only lettings agency franchisor to reach the finals.

Brian Smart, Director General of the bfa, said: “The franchise industry continues to go from strength to strength. The bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards presents the perfect platform to acknowledge the success stories which make our industry strong and this year the nominations have been as good as ever. Each year the awards unearth fantastic success stories and demonstrations of ethical franchising at work. We look forward to awarding those that truly set the standard for outstanding management, support and innovation.”

Seán Hammond, Business and Franchise Group Head, Express Newspapers, said: “A strong brand is a key component of any successful business, and franchisors that have found a successful route to building and maintaining a strong brand deserve to be recognised. The bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers, celebrates the brand management of businesses, no matter what their size and I look forward to revealing the winner on the 16th June.”

Commenting on Belvoir’s achievements, Managing Director Dorian Gonsalves, said: “This is fantastic news for Belvoir, which is a constantly evolving and forward-thinking franchisor, offering unprecedented support to all of its franchise owners.

“During the past 12 months Belvoir has committed considerable funds and resources to facilitate a brand refresh that was designed to reinforce its position as the UK’s number one lettings agency of choice for landlords and tenants. Belvoir’s core principles of specialism, professionalism and customer service are at the very heart of our success and we are delighted that the judges have recognised this and selected Belvoir as a finalist in these highly prestigious industry awards.”

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