Car bodywork repair franchise, Autosmart has been named the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisor of the Year Gold Award winner.

The other winners of the 2012 bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards were Home Instead Senior Care, which won Silver; and Driver Hire, which won Bronze.

Accountancy franchise TaxAssist Accountants won the HSBC Franchisee Support Award, while Cafe2U was named the Express Newspapers Brand Builder winner.

Brian Smart, Director General of the bfa, said: “Congratulations to all our exceptional winners. The judging panel was presented with outstanding examples of fresh thinking, brand development and franchise support, confirming that it has been another great and innovative year in UK franchising. Now in their 23rd year, the Awards continue to inspire the next generation of franchisors and franchise owners by highlighting the success and best practice driving our industry.”

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