Aberdeenshire-based Autosmart franchise owner Frank Thompson has been awarded Silver at this year’s bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year awards.

The awards, which are supported by Express Newspapers, are one of the most prestigious in the franchise industry. Thompson overcame tough competition from across the UK to win the Silver award.

Cathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising, HSBC, commented: “There were some truly inspirational franchisee nominations this year so choosing the winners was very challenging. It demonstrates to me that British enterprise is alive and well, even in these tough times. All 16 finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved through their endeavour and hard work. On behalf of HSBC, I congratulate each of the winners and look forward to hearing about their continued success.”

Brian Smart, Director General of the British Franchise Association (bfa), said: “The winners of the 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year have excelled in so many ways and are a credit to themselves and the franchise industry. They have shown innovation, creativity and a relentless pursuit of excellence making them all inspirational examples of best practice.”

Ben Nealon, Classified Advertising Manager, Express Newspapers, commented: “The calibre of franchisees in the UK for this year’s awards was once again tremendous. Every winner has used their initiative and broadened their marketing strategies as part of a successful franchise. I’d like to congratulate them all for their dedication to their franchise and wish them every success in the future.”

Full list of winners

bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year
Gold award - Gerald Thompson, McDonald’s (Manchester and Oldham)
Silver award – Frank Sutherland, Autosmart (Aberdeenshire)
Bronze award – Peter Morrison, Granite Transformations (Cambridge)

Regional winners
London and the South East - Guy Whittaker, Dairy Crest
Scotland - Frank Sutherland, Autosmart
The Midlands - Peter Morrison, Granite Transformations
The North - Gerald Thompson, McDonald’s
The South West and South Wales - Nick Bourne, Cash Generator