THE AFA
FRANCHISE AWARDS 2020

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AWARDS CEREMONY 12TH NOVEMBER 2020

Welcome to the AFA Franchise Awards 2020

The prestigious AFA Awards are designed to reward, recognise and celebrate the brightest stars from within the franchising sector.

We know that creating and maintaining a strong franchise network requires an enormous amount of ongoing time, commitment, effort and determination, as does running a successful franchise. The AFA Awards recognise and reward these valuable contributions to the overall development and ongoing growth of the franchising sector, as well as highlight the services of key suppliers.

Each category is scored by a panel of independent (without bias) judges, consisting of highly experienced franchising professionals from both within and outside of the AFA.

Why sponsor an award?

The AFA Annual Awards would not be possible without the involvement of our sponsors.

If you want to raise the profile of your brand within the sector, sponsoring an award is a highly effective way to do so. As a supplier, or franchise, award sponsorship will prove your commitment to the franchising sector and provide you with an invaluable opportunity to network and build relationships with influential business leaders from all over the UK.

A HUGE thank you to this years sponsors Darwin Gray, TRUSTist, The Franchise Protection Company, DTP Print, Elite Franchise, Just Cuts UK, The International Franchise Show London, NatWest, Accentia Franchise Consultants and The AFA. 

Sponsoring an award is guaranteed to raise the profile of your brand within the franchising community and position your organisation as a major player within the sector. If you are interested in sponsoring an award for 2021, please contact Sarah Canny at sarah@theafa.org.uk.

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Outstanding Young Franchisor

            GOLD – Little Learners – Rachel Fay

            SILVER – Little Mandarin Classes – Simon Duong

            BRONZE – Support Solutions – Cameron Mcclure

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Franchisor of the Year

GOLD – Turtle Tots – Caroline Sparks & Gabi Lixton

SILVER – Lingotot – Angela Sterling

BRONZE – Tidy Green Clean – Andrew Alleway

            Highly Commended – Kidslingo Ltd – Anna Neville

            Highly Commended – The Holiday Franchise Company – Joanne Aldridge

            Highly Commended – Business Sales Plus & Accentia – Paul Mitchell

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Franchise Leader of the Year 

            GOLD – Kidslingo Ltd – Anna Neville

            SILVER – Fantastic Services – Anton Skarlatov

BRONZE – Lingotot – Angela Sterling

Highly Commended – The Holiday Franchise Company – Luke Western

            Highly Commended – Kiddy Cook – Nikki Geddes

            Highly Commended  – Just Cuts – David Mathie

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Best Franchise Support         

GOLD – Debutots – Charlotte Salter

            SILVER – Fantastic Services 

BRONZE – Caterpillar Music – Helen Simmons

            Highly Commended – Platinum Property Partners 

            Highly Commended – Bluebird Care 

            Highly Commended – fit20 – Niri Patel

            Highly Commended – Turtle Tots – Caroline Sparks & Gabi Lixton

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Outstanding Franchise Marketing     

GOLD – Bluebird Care – Dean Martin

SILVER – Fantastic Services – Galina Karsheva

            BRONZE – Spoton.net – Amy Cross-Webber

            Highly Commended – Pop Up Play Village – Becky Hoare

            Highly Commended – Lingotot Wakefield – Rebekka Westwood

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Best New Franchise     

GOLD – Just Cuts – David Mathie

SILVER – Your Mortgage Plus – Lee Hesketh

BRONZE -The Menopause Experts – Dee Gardner

Highly Commended – Alchemy Virtual Assistance – Suzy Sanders

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Supplier of the Year   

            GOLD – Darwin Gray LLP – Stephen Thompson

            SILVER – Accentia Franchise Consultants – Paul Mitchell

            BRONZE -Stryde – Keiran James

            BRONZE -TRUSTist – Nigel Apperley

            Highly Commended – Azura Group Ltd – Simon Pullum

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Outstanding Young Franchisee

             GOLD – Just Cuts Lakeside – Holly Feltham

            SILVER – Kidslingo Cheltnham, Gloucester & Tewkesbury – Chloe Marchand

            BRONZE – Rainbow Internation Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire & Dumfries & Galloway – Stacey Cooney

Highly Commended – Pop Up Play Village in and around Caerphilly – Sophie Lee Lewis

            Highly Commended – Platinum Property Partners Habodes, Slough and Berkshire                         James & Harry Tucker

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Franchisee of the Year           

            GOLD – Fantastic Services – Ivanka Obreshkova

            SILVER – Extra Help MK – Michaela Nowik

            BRONZE – Caterpillar Music Newark – Anna Coggan

Highly Commended – Kidslingo Becky M Plymouth – Becky MacLean

Highly Commended – Pop Up Play Village in Reading and Baisingstoke – Erica & Frank Mudd

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Franchisee Network Contribution     

            GOLD – OvenGleamers Gravesend & Medway – Tony Antoniou

            SILVER – Lingotot Bexley – Sarah Canavan

            BRONZE – Pop Up Play Village in Basingstoke and Reading – Erica & Frank Mudd

            BRONZE – Fit20 Exeter – Duncan Attwood

            Highly Commended – Popolo Ceramico Sunderland – Amy Sinclair

 

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Award Categories

Nominate a friend/colleague/family member – General Nomination Form.

Outstanding Young Franchisor – Sponsored by The Franchise Show

This award will be given to a franchisor who will be 30 years old or younger in November 2020. They must show exceptional drive, dedication and growth within their business.

The winner of this award will truly be an ambassador for the franchise sector and will be able to demonstrate outstanding growth, franchisee development, innovation and customer service. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISORS 30 OR UNDER

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Best New Franchise – Sponsored by Accentia

This award will be given to a franchise launched since November 2018 which can show exceptional leadership, success and growth in its field. Leadership, support, innovation and growth will all be taken into consideration when judging this category. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

THE BUSINESS MAY BE EXISTING PRIOR, BUT FRANCHISE ELEMENT MUST BE NEW

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Outstanding Young Franchisee – Sponsored by Elite Franchise

This award will be given to a franchisee who will be 30 years old or younger in September 2020. They must show exceptional drive, dedication and growth within their business.

Customer Service, Marketing and Leadership will all be taken into consideration when judging this category. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISEES 30 OR UNDER

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Franchisee of the Year – Sponsored by Just Cuts

This award will be given to a franchisee who can show exceptional drive, dedication and growth within their business. Customer Service, Marketing and Leadership will all be taken into consideration when judging this category. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISEES

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Best Franchise Support – Sponsored by The Franchise Protection Company

This award will be given to a franchise that can demonstrate a true understanding of what their franchisees need and offer an exceptional support structure to help their franchisees grow. Communications, events, online and offline training and support will all be taken into consideration. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISORS & HEAD OFFICE STAFF

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Franchisee Network Contribution -Sponsored by NatWest

This award will be given to a franchisee who can show a willingness to share amongst their franchise network and a proactive approach to the franchise community. Proactivity, Willingness to Share and Outside Marketing will all be taken into consideration when judging this category. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISEES

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Franchisor of the Year – Sponsored by TRUSTist

This award will be given to a franchise that shows excellence in all areas. The winner of this award will truly be an ambassador for the franchise sector and will be able to demonstrate outstanding growth, franchisee development, innovation and customer service. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISORS

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Outstanding Franchise Marketing – Sponsored by DTP Print

This award will be given to a franchise that can demonstrate excellence in marketing activities both to potential franchisees and to consumers. Online and offline activities will be considered including website, social media, online campaigns, print media, events and public relations. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR THE FRANCHISE/HEAD OFFICE STAFF/FRANCHISORS/FRANCHISEES

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Supplier of the Year 

This award will be given to a supplier who can show exceptional support and delivery to the UK franchise sector. Customer Service, Quality and Dedication to the Franchise Sector will all be taken into consideration when judging this category. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR SUPPLIERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS TO THE FRANCHISE SECTOR

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Franchise Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Darwin Gray

This award will be given to an outstanding franchise leader who works tirelessly to demonstrate exceptional support, growth and direction of their franchise. Leadership quality, proactive nature and inspirational drive will all be taken into consideration. Members and non-members of the AFA can apply for this award, but you must be a franchise active within the UK market.

FOR FRANCHISORS & HEAD OFFICE STAFF

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Huge thanks to our 2020 Sponsors

And to our 2020 Supporters… Want to know more about supporting or sponsoring an award, please email: sarah@theafa.org.uk

Click here to see our judges comments on the applications…

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