AFA Awards A Resounding Success!

Here at the AFA, we’re still getting back to reality after our fantastic Awards event, which was held last Thursday at the Jury’s Inn in Milton Keynes.

Here at the AFA, we’re still getting back to reality after our fantastic Awards event, which was held last Thursday at the Jury’s Inn in Milton Keynes.

Our event was attended by 140 people, consisting of franchisors, franchisees and suppliers from across the sector. It was wonderful to see so many franchising professionals under one roof! We began the evening with a wonderful champagne reception, providing everyone with the opportunity to mingle and chat before dinner.

We were then served a delicious, three-course meal and, afterwards, the Awards ceremony began, with each award being presented by the relevant sponsor. The standard of nominations we received was incredibly high and the judges all agreed it was so difficult to choose the winners. Our sincere congratulations go to the following winners:

FRANCHISOR OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY BBX UK & IRELAND
GOLD – Turtle Tots Ltd
SILVER – Lingotot Franchise HQ
BRONZE – Mess Around Ltd

FRANCHISE LEADER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY THE AFA
GOLD – The Inclusion Project
SILVER – Tots Play
BRONZE – Tidy Green Clean

BEST FRANCHISE SUPPORT – SPONSORED BY THE OFFICE GENIE
GOLD – Dog First Aid Franchise Ltd
SILVER – Cook Stars – Head Office
BRONZE – Betterclean Services

OUTSTANDING FRANCHISE MARKETING – SPONSORED BY BUSINESS LIVE
GOLD – Spoton.net
SILVER – Fantastic Services
BRONZE – Razzamataz Theatre Schools Ltd

FRANCHISEE NETWORK CONTRIBUTION – SPONSORED BY ACCENTIA
GOLD – Debutots Worcestershire
SILVER – Lingotot Bexley
BRONZE – Extra Help Maidenhead & Windsor

FRANCHISEE OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY TRUSTIST
GOLD – Pink Spaghetti PA Services Franchise
SILVER – Turtle Tots West Yorkshire
BRONZE – 4×4 Vehicle Hire

OUTSTANDING YOUNG FRANCHISEE – SPONSORED BY DALTONS BUSINESS
GOLD – No Letting Go Dartford
SILVER – Razzamataz Theatre Schools Sutton Coldfield
BRONZE – Inclusion Project West London

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY 4X4 VEHICLE HIRE
GOLD – TRUSTist
SILVER – Darwin Gray LLP
SILVER – PayKeeper (now known as Stryde)

BEST NEW FRANCHISE – SPONSORED BY RODEN ASSOCIATES
GOLD – Holiday Franchise Company
SILVER – Pop up Play Village
BRONZE – Healthy Feet Mobile Clinic Franchises

We’ve been so encouraged by the amount of positive feedback we’ve received, following the event, and are extremely grateful to our sponsors and attendees for supporting it.

Simon Chicken, Sales Director of The International Franchise Show, said:

The awards ceremony was a really well thought out, organised and attended event. There was obviously a lot of love in the room, everybody I spoke to couldn’t praise the event – and the AFA – enough.”

Jo Middleton of Dog First Aid agreed, saying:

“The AFA Awards 2019 were outstanding.  To be able to attend such a prestigious event and network with the finest amongst the industry was a real privilege. Thank you so much to all at the AFA for organising and for your continued support.”

Joanne Aldridge, Head of Franchise for The Holiday Company, winner of the Best New Franchise Gold Award, was also delighted with the event, saying:

We are proud to have been awarded a Gold Accreditation for Best New Franchise, from the leading body in franchising accreditation. The AFA’s guidance and support has been invaluable, as we launched and grew our business. Their recognition of ethical franchising is a perfect partnership for us and our model.”

The AFA is passionate about providing first-rate support to the franchising sector, and there’s no better way to do so than by recognising and rewarding the biggest, brightest stars within it. So, now we’ve caught our breath and come back down to earth, it’s almost time to start planning next year’s Awards!

Will you be entering your business for an AFA Award next year? If so, please keep an eye on our blog and watch out for further updates!

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