Women across the franchise industry have been recognised at the second Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards ceremony.

The Awards provide a unique opportunity to formally recognise the contribution women franchise owners, franchisors and franchise service providers make to this sector.

The finalists and winners were announced at the ceremony, which was held at the NatWest building in central London, and was attended by over 170 people from throughout the world of franchising.

Clive Sawyer, Chairman and founder of EWIF, said: “We were absolutely delighted at the response to the second year of these EWIF Awards both from the number and quality of entries received. It was especially pleasing that we had entries not just from the large well known franchise brands but also from smaller less known franchises as well. The large turn out for the Awards ceremony is an indication of the level of support EWIF has from the whole franchise industry.”

New for 2012, was the inclusion of the Outstanding Contribution Award, sponsored by Business Options, which recognises the extraordinary contribution made by an individual to women in franchising. Sawyer said: “The winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award was Rosemary Conley, CBE, of Rosemary Conley diet and fitness classes and EWIF were delighted to have this opportunity to formally recognise the work Rosemary has done to forward the whole women in franchising cause.”

Graeme Jones, Head of Franchising at NatWest, said: “As the number one bank for franchising, NatWest was proud to sponsor these awards and encourage more women to realise the benefits of running a successful franchise. NatWest is committed to developing female entrepreneurship, we have our own dedicated Women in Business Service as well as links with everywoman.”

The winners of this year’s Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards are:

  • New Woman Franchisee of the Year – sponsored by Recognition Express
    Hayley Limpkin of Razzamataz Theatre Schools
  • New Woman Franchisor of the Year – sponsored by WPA
    Louise Harris of Wilkins Chimney Sweep
  • Woman Franchisor Employee of the Year – sponsored by Owen White Solicitors
    Sam Morgan of Tatty Bumpkin
  • Woman Service Provider of the year – sponsored by The Franchise Show
    Shirley Hughes of Franchise Careers Centre
  • Woman Franchisee of the Year – sponsored by NatWest
    Kate Evans of Water Babies
  • Woman Franchisor of the Year – sponsored by Coconut Creatives
    Sarah Cressall of The Creation Station
  • Outstanding Contribution Award - sponsored by Business Options
    Rosemary Conley, CBE, of Rosemary Conley diet and fitness classes

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