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This year’s British Franchise Association (bfa) AGM revealed a new board of directors for the UK regulatory body, with the first order of business for the new team to confirm that Simon Bartholomew of Oscar Pet Foods is the new bfa Chairman.

Bartholomew replaces Michael Eyre who held the role for the past three years, Eyre remains on the board and received a standing ovation following his parting speech which looked back on his time as Chairman at the annual Gala Dinner.

Bartholomew said: “It’s a real honour to have been selected by my peers to chair the bfa for the next three years. I’m hugely excited about the prospect of leading an Association which represents so many dynamic and diverse companies led by innovative, forward-thinking business men and women.“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the franchise sector, which has shown exceptional growth during the past five years where other industries have struggled. Ethical franchising has afforded thousands of people the chance to realise their dreams of business ownership, and I’m looking forward to helping many more understand its benefits.”

The new Board of Directors, joining Director General, Brian Smart, are tasked with monitoring and overseeing the bfa’s activity to ensure it upholds its high ethical standard in all practices.


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