The bfa launches its Franchisee of the Year Awards

The British Franchise Association (bfa) has launched its annual Franchisee of the Year Awards, sponsored by HSBC Bank and Express Newspapers. For this year's Awards the judging panel are looking for franchisees whose businesses have outperformed competitors and excelled at 'Managing Change', which is the theme for the Awards.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie event at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham on Thursday 2nd October. The Overall winner will receive the top prize of £5,000, and the two runners-up will win £3,000 and £2,000 respectively.

Director General of the bfa, Brian Smart, said: 'These prestigious Awards recognise the UK's leading franchisees and how their focus and drive, when supplemented by support of a franchisor, grows sustainable, powerful businesses.

'This year we are looking for examples of the franchise model that demonstrate the fusion of a franchisor driven to build and support a network, and franchisees who are committed to developing their own business.'

Yvette Taylor, Express Newspapers' Business Advertising Manager, added: 'The bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards showcase the very best within the franchising industry and provide an inspiring and invaluable insight to anyone considering starting up their own franchise.'