Nineteen franchisees shortlisted for title of UK’s best

This years finalist of the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers. The awards celebrate business excellence across the whole UK, the awards commemorate their 25th anniversary in 2014 with a record number of entrants.

The finalists are:

Customer Service Franchisee of the Year

  • Joggy Dhillon, Domino’s Pizza Coleraine & Omagh
  • Nathan Holmes, Revive! Cambridge
  • Richard McConnell, The ZipYard Altrincham & Wilmslow

Female Franchisee of the Year

  • Diane Maxwell, Driver Hire Belfast
  • Rachel Shaw, Subway West Wickham & Thornton Heath
  • Joyce Batten, Tutor Doctor Bromley

Young Franchisee of the Year (aged 30 or under)

  • Aaron Stewart, Marston’s Sheffield
  • Phylly Jones, Pyjama Drama North Surrey
  • Matthew Woodall, Revive! Bath

Micro-business of the Year (less than £100,000 turnover)

  • Tina Young, Barking Mad Northumberland
  • Matthew May, Ed’s Garden Mainteance Folkestone
  • Andrew Smith, Little Kickers South Lancashire

B2B Franchisee of the Year

  • Frank Sutherland, Autosmart Aberdeen
  • Nicky Barber, Minster Cleaning Services Northamptonshire
  • Jayne Gethin, ServiceMaster Clean South West Wales

Olderpreneur Franchisee of the Year (aged 55 or older)

  • Terry Lucking, Belvoir Lettings Peterborough
  • Charles Folkes, Caremark Redcar & Cleveland
  • Charles Trevor-Roper, No lettings Go West Berkshire
  • Nihal Samarasekara, O2 Hove & surroundings

The bfa’s Director General, Brian Smart, said: “The selection process becomes more difficult each time we hold these awards and making this shortlist is a great achievement in itself, particularly this year following an unprecedented number of entries.

“This is a celebration of 19 local business owners from across the UK who have demonstrated outstanding entrepreneurialism, passion and dedication. With the support that ethical franchising brings, they’ve forged extremely impressive businesses. Choosing our winners shall be very difficult indeed.”