‘Why the 2017 British Franchise Association’s annual conference got our stamp of approval’

‘Why the 2017 British Franchise Association’s annual conference got our stamp of approval’

Franchise community

“Attending the bfa Annual Franchise Conference in Birmingham last week, I was struck by the very real sense of community that was evident at the annual two-day event.

30 yrs franchise advice

“As a company which has been involved with the bfa from the inception of the original charter and having advised clients in franchising for the last 30 years myself, my colleagues and I have been to numerous bfa conferences and this one really stood out as one to remember.

Franchise showcase

“Collaboration was the theme of this year’s conference and the willingness of participants, whether at the work shop or panel sessions, or just chatting in the coffee breaks, to exchange ideas and best practice, showcased what is great about the industry.

Honest franchising advice

“Whether working for a large international franchisor or an emerging franchise looking to recruit its first franchisees, everyone was keen to share experiences, across the wide spectrum of franchising’s up’s and down’s.

Successful franchise businesses

“It was interesting to listen to the reaction of key note speakers who, having carried out research into the franchise industry, were clearly amazed by the vibrancy of the sector, encompassing so many different types of business activity and united by the desire to build not only their own successful business but also to support their franchisees to achieve success too.

Franchise award winners

“One of the highlights of the Conference was the HSBC sponsored Franchise Awards on Wednesday night, which put the spotlight on the very best in the industry. Congratulations to all finalists and especially to the very impressive winners of Franchisor and Franchisee of the Year 2017.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Franchisor winners

bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year:

  • Gold: Bluebird Care
  • Silver: Driver Hire
  • Bronze: Expense Reduction Analysts

Emerging Franchisor of the Year:

  • Heritage Healthcare

The Brian Smart Award for International Development:

  • Little Kickers

Brand Innovation:

  • InXpress

Award for Franchise Support:

  • McDonald’s Restaurants

Franchisee winners

People’s Choice bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year:

  • Hannah Drury, Caremark Sutton

Young Franchisee of the Year:

  • Hannah Drury, Caremark Sutton

Franchisee Innovation:

  • Gary and Suzanne Horton, Puddle Ducks, Greater Manchester

Female Franchisee of the Year:

  • Tamsin Brewis, Water Babies Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire

Customer Focus Franchisee of the Year:

  • Eliott Ray, Dyno Surrey, Sussex, South West London and Middlesex

Microbusiness Franchisee of the Year:

  • Ruth Morris, Creation Station Aberdeen

For more information on the awards and to see photographs of the night, please visit The bfa website.

And finally….

“If I had to choose a buzz word to describe the 2017 bfa’s Conference and Awards it would be ‘Passion’ – franchising, you’ve got it in spades!”

Jane Masih, Owen White Solicitors


If you would like to talk to one of the team about any legal franchising questions, from franchising your own business to buying a franchise, please contact our team:

Owen White Solicitors, Senate House, 62/70 Bath Road, Slough, SL1 3SR, +44(0) 1753 876 800, jane.masih@owenwhite.com  Owen White Solicitors are bfa (British Franchise Association) Affiliated