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BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards 2021

Business service providers are being invited to enter this year’s BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards as the prestigious event returns for this year.

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the franchising industry, the awards celebrate the innovation, dedication and devotion of franchisors and franchisees, with the awards night set to take place on 30 November.

Last year’s winner of the Franchisee Next Generation Award was ActionCOACH Salford. Franchisee, James Burke, said:

“Being shortlisted for a BFA award has got to be one of the highlights of 2020. To be recognised by the big guys for the efforts and contribution that we put forward makes all the difference in the world. The award ceremony was great, the build-up and execution was fantastic and to win the award for Next Gen was just mind-blowing.”

Speaking of the launch of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards 2021, Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, commented:

“There have been incredible displays of commitment to franchising over the past year. It has been an extremely tough year but fortunately, many franchise businesses thrived with the support we were able to provide, such as training and helpful information.”

“With the vast number of redundancies or career changes that many have experienced – especially during COVID – franchising is a great route to self-employment. It has the potential to turn someone’s passion into a career alongside a positive work-life balance.”

“Community is a huge part of the franchising world, and these awards are a place for everyone to come together to share their experiences and celebrate their achievements. I have been overwhelmed by the resilience of the whole franchise network during the challenges of the past 12 plus months. I can’t wait to hear from the many franchisees and franchisors who have really gone above and beyond and become shining examples of the very best the franchising industry can be.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of UK Franchising at HSBC added:

“If ever there was a year to be proud of what you have achieved this is the one. I fear the judging will be tougher the more we hear about the resilience and adaptability of the world of franchising. I am always proud of our support for these awards, I think this year will take it to another level.”

After a challenging year, the British Franchise Association welcomes entries from its business service members who are invited to share their story. Non-members wishing to enter will be able to enter the HSBC Best In Class Multi-Unit Leader award only.

The categories for the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards 2021 are:

Franchisor Categories

  • Franchisor of the year: Bronze, Silver & Gold
  • Emerging Franchisor
  • Leadership and Culture Franchisor
  • Business Resilience
  • Sustainable Warrior

Franchisee Categories

  • Lifestyle Franchisee
  • Next Generation Franchisee
  • Local Focus Franchisee
  • Resilient Riser
  • HSBC Best In Class Multi-Unit Leader (open to non-bfa members)
  • Franchisee Of The Year – People’s Choice

Entries close 13th August, for more information on how to apply, please visit here.