Yesterday, on a blustery day in Stratford on Avon, over 100 women involved in the British franchising industry met to network, share best practice, hear real life success stories and learn from some of the best in the industry. The event was the British Franchise Association’s ‘Women In Franchising’ event and Owen White were very proud to be one of the event’s principal sponsors.The day consisted of talks were given by experienced franchisors such as Louise Harris from Wilkins Chimney Sweep, who spoke passionately about marketing her chimney sweeping franchise and how ‘living the brand’ to her, means more than just wearing a t-shirt with a logo on.
Pam Featherstone of Action Coach gave us all a timely recap of the need for personal goal setting and time management and Carole Smillie concluded the day with an entertaining talk about the challenges of setting up her business and breaking the barriers by talking pants!
The bfa skilfully organised an event that was business orientated, aimed at women but without being ‘pink’. Serious business issues were discussed and nothing was left unsaid; women are very good at sharing, unafraid to talk about the highs and the unavoidable lows of running their own businesses, which made for an incredibly useful day for the record 100+ delegates who attended.
Owen White Solicitors have a long history of working closely with the bfa. In 1977 Owen White’s then senior partner Anton Bates helped to write the association’s very first charter, going on to act as their legal advisor. In my position as head of franchising at Owen White, I have been a board member of the bfa since 2011 and I currently serve on the Finance and General Purposes committee.
The bfa, and franchising as an industry, has come a long way in accepting women into its ranks and recognising the hugely important part they have to play in the success of the sector and, although more needs to be done, days like yesterday are immensely important and go a long way to ensure the role of women in this multi-billion pound industry are rightfully recognised and encouraged.
ENDS NOVEMBER 2015