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UK women in business 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 Business Transformation Award was Shuttercraft. Franchise manager, Lisa Stead, said:

“Being shortlisted for the business transformation award was a real achievement for the team at Shuttercraft, a true recognition of the level of work and dedication that we all put in.  The team worked so hard to support our franchise partners through the man in a van to management franchise evolution, and deal effectively with the subsequent upturn in business.”

“Winning the category, against other such deserving franchisors, truly was the icing on the cake with the cherry being the confidence it has given the team when promoting our franchise model to prospects. There is a level of assurance that comes in knowing an objective and credible third party has acknowledged the effectiveness and success of your franchise.  It has been something we have been proud to shout about and has led to a prospect making initial contact, they had not heard of us before (they subsequently joined! What a result!).”

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 any members who are all invited to share their stories of the incredible women in their businesses. Non-members wishing to enter will be able to enter the HSBC Best In Class award Multi-Unit Leader 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 

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