Chem-Dry franchise owner receives international award

Finesse Chem-Dry, a UK-based franchise of a US domestic and commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning company, has beaten international competition to win a top award. Peter Foster, owner of Finesse Chem-Dry, received the Chem-Dry International Sub Franchise of the Year 2009 Award at the Chem-Dry International Convention in Hawaii, USA. This achievement follows Peter's success of being crowned UK Chem-Dry Franchise of the Year in June 2008.

Peter, who runs Finesse Chem-Dry with his wife Lisa, first got involved in the family business in 1998 to try and turn it into a full time franchise operation. The business has since grown to a £650,000 turnover and has recently moved to a new 8,500 sq foot industrial unit based in Bury and services 12 areas throughout Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Yorkshire.

On receiving the award Peter said: 'This is a very proud moment for Lisa, me and the Finesse team; to say the last 12 months have been fantastic is an understatement. I regard being nominated as an achievement, but to win this award is overwhelming and very humbling. The UK Chem-Dry franchise network is blessed with a knowledge sharing culture and we are very lucky to have some dear friends within Chem-Dry, who we can approach when advice is needed. When I look back at the past 10 years, at times it hasn't been easy, but recognition like this makes it all worthwhile.'

Mark Galsworthy, Franchise Director of Chem-Dry Franchising, commented: 'We are absolutely delighted that a UK Chem-Dry franchise has been recognised and won the International Sub Franchise of the Year Award for 2009. The Finesse Chem-Dry team are great role models for other aspiring Chem-Dry franchises, they exemplify what Chem-Dry is all about working tirelessly hard for their business, with enthusiasm to burn, continually striving for improvement and always willing to mentor new franchise members. On behalf of the UK Chem-Dry franchise network, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Peter and the Finesse team on a fantastic achievement, this award is thoroughly deserved.'