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The British Franchise Association (bfa) has announced the nine finalists of its Franchisor of the Year Awards. The winner will be revealed on the 18th June at an awards ceremony at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

Under the theme Today's Foundations for Tomorrow's Success, candidates will have to demonstrate the measures they have taken to secure the future of their business and that of their franchise network. 'Franchisors today are under many pressures,' says bfa President and Chairman of the award judges Sir Bernard Ingham.

'They hold in their hands the livelihoods of many individual business owners and the means to secure their future demands, foresight, acumen and investment. This year the awards are being conducted during a very difficult economic climate and the finalists have demonstrated that the work they are doing will ensure the future success of their business.'

The finalists are:

  • Snap on
  • Prontaprint
  • Wiltshire Farm Foods
  • Pirtek UK
  • Signs Express
  • Driver Hire
  • Apollo Blinds
  • TaxAssist Accountants
  • Countrywide Ground Maintenance

Two additional awards will be presented at the East Midlands Conference Centre event. HSBC's Award for Enterprise will go to a brand selected from a shortlist of X-Press Legal Services, Little Kickers and Home Instead Care. Express Newspapers' Brand Builder of the Year will be named from a shortlist of Hob Salons, Lighter Life and GreenThumb.


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