Franchisor of the Year Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2010 have been announced. The finalists for the awards, which is supported by Express Newspapers, are: Auditel; Countrywide Grounds Maintenance; Cook; Autosmart; Monkey Music; LighterLife; Bluebird Care; Revive!; Smallprint; Domino's Pizza; X-Press Legal Services; Driver Hire; McDonald's; TaxAssist Accounants; Wiltshire Farm Foods.

The finalists will now meet the judging panel face-to-face to compete for accolades which crown them both as best in the industry and which will provide welcome opportunities to motivate staff and franchise owners. The winners will then be announced at the 21st British Franchisor Awards gala dinner on 2nd June.

Cathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said: "We know from working with many companies over the past year that all areas of business have been affected by the recent downturn, requiring tailored support and advice. However, it's extremely heartwarming to see so many innovative management tactics among franchsiors which made choosing the finalists extremely challenging.

"We're looking forward to the next stage of hearing from the people behind the busiensses to learn more about how they've succeeded and in many cases, grown. The HSBC Franchisee Support Award celebrates the franchisors that have put solid structures in place to ensure their franchise owners have the best possible chance of success."

Kieron Summerhayes, Deputy Group Advertising Controller, Express Newspapers, said: "The calibre of franchisors in the UK who have successfully maintained and built their brand is evidently outstanding as it was tough to conclude the shortlist. We're looking forward to going one step further by awarding the most innovative and inspiring franchisors at the gala dinner in June."

Brian Smart, Director General, bfa, said: "The number of outstanding nominations we've received has been very impressive, especially given the economic backdrop in which they have been operating. Gaining the right support through these tough times is essential however it is also important for businesses to demonstrate the great work they are doing through awards such as the bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Award. It can provide the platform for businesses to truly shine and demonstrate that they are leading the way in franchising best practice.

"Now that Britian is gaining a strong footing once again, it's important to inspire the next generation of franchisors and franchise owners, and our finalists are doing just that."