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Thank you for visiting The British Franchise Association's official website which we hope will help you to make a more informed choice about franchising. All of our members have chosen to be vetted against a strict code of business practice - they endeavour to be good franchisors that can deliver the success that you want.
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2007 Franchising Seminars
If you are thinking of taking up a franchise or of franchising your business then why not consider one of our seminars to get independent franchising advice and have your questions answered. The cost of seminars is kept to a minimum and the programmes are designed to help you to make the right decision.
l-r: Sir Bernard Ingham (bfa President), Yvette Taylor (Express Newspapers), Cathryn Hayes (HSBC) and Brian Smart (bfa Director General) launching the Franchisor of the Year Awards at the bfa's Chairman Dinner
The ethos of the British Franchise Association�s Franchisor of the Year Awards is about recognition and reward for effort and achievement in building and maintaining a strong, successful network; one that fulfils the mutual needs and objective of both the franchisor and franchisee.
They are organised by the bfa and backed by Express Newspapers and HSBC Bank.
The 2007 theme for the top title is Customer Focus - with franchisors having to demonstrate to the judging panel how they are tracking consumer needs and responding with new systems, products and services to meet demand.
Also up for grabs are the �Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Award� and �HSBC Award for Enterprise� which look to showcase the UK�s best performing franchisors within these two categories.
Last year, Driver Hire � who supply commercial drivers - won the title �bfa Franchisor of The Year 2006� � with SUMO Services scooping the Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Award and VIP Bin Cleaning winning the HSBC Award For Enterprise.
This year will also see the introduction of Gold, Silver and Bronze within the bfa category. Winners will be announced at a glittering gala luncheon to be held at London�s Savoy Hotel on Thursday 24th May 2007.
If you think you�ve got what it takes, Click here to sign into the members area and download your booking form today.
Escape the 9 to 5
For many who have considered Escaping the 9 to 5 and running their own business, franchising as a route to business start-up could be a very realistic option.
But many people are unsure how to get the ball rolling or what to expect.
This year, the British Franchise Association presented another highly successful National Franchise Week. The aim was to raise the level of awareness, particularly amongst the franchise unaware, about the advantages of the franchise model.
The week included educational Discover Franchising events, the bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards and the National Franchise Exhibition, enabling the public to explore the world of franchising, the success stories and the variety of opportunity available.
You can read more about National Franchise Week, its supporters and the events which took place here.
2006 Franchisee of the Year Awards � Winner Announced
The winner of the 2006 Franchisee of the Year Awards was recently announced at the at a glittering black tie event on Thursday 5th October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.
The awards, sponsored by HSBC and Express Newspapers, were one of the highlights of National Franchise Week (2-9 October).
The theme for this year was �Success through Support�. Judges were be looking at the unique relationship that creates and sustains the most successful franchise operations � a relationship that promises help when needed, but also rewards individual flair and personal excellence.
Domino�s franchisee, Antony Tagliamonti, scooped the top prize and was crowned bfa Franchisee of the Year 2006. Beating off stiff competition Antony Tagliamonti - who lives in Woodford Green and runs stores in his home town, Gants Hill, Chingford and Borehamwood - was presented with the Gold Winner�s trophy and an HSBC cheque for �5,000.
The Silver Prize went to Martin and Debbie Beanlands who run a Chem-Dry franchise in Earby. They went home with a cheque for �3000 courtesy of HSBC.
The Bronze Prize was scooped by husband and wife team, Peter and Abigail Atkinson, who are the Belvoir Sleaford franchisees. The couple were awarded a cheque for �2000, again courtesy of HSBC.
What makes so many expostmen, exchauffeurs, exfarmers, returning mothers to work etc. such successes in running their own business? Why should they deserve any different from you? Most importantly, why do these entrepreneurs choose franchising as their route to success?
There are over 60 case studies on this website for you to read.
This introductory section gives a definition of franchising, the role of the bfa in franchising in the UK and our relationship with franchising and codes of conduct applicable to franchising in Europe.
Including guidelines for choosing a franchise, a list of bfa membership categories and what they mean in practice and lists of bfa members - this section is a good place to begin your search for a franchise.
This section of the website contains resources to help you learn about franchising - either from the perspective of a potential franchisee or if you are contemplating the franchising your existing business.
Visit this section of the website for information about franchising outside the UK including events and exhibitions. There is also information about the EFF and the WFC - the bfa is a member of both of these orgainsations.
This group of pages includes among other things, information about how to find the bfa in Henley, details of the bfa's arbitration schemes and Press briefing information about the bfa and where to find the bfa offices.
The comprehensive official bfa workshop programme will be touring the country throughout 2007 once again.
Attending a one-day bfa franchisee workshop is an ideal way to learn more about the industry and hear from franchisees, franchisors, banking and legal professionals all brought together in one location for a real induction into franchising.
Whether you are looking at investing in a franchise or growing your existing business, attending a workshop will help you to structure your research and identify the important strands which should make up the due diligence process.
The bfa's Bookshop has a variety of useful publications about franchising. These include the bfa's Franchisee's Guide - the only independently produced publication of its kind which is purchased by 33% of all franchisees before making their investment decision.
Whether you�re looking to start a franchise, expand your own business through franchising or learn about international franchising or the Code of Ethics, the bfa bookshop houses an array of beneficial texts, DVDs and guide packs which you can purchase online for your personal study of franchising at your own leisure.
To keep you informed about UK franchising events why not subscribe to the bfa's monthly newsletter - Newsline. You will also receive quarterly, Franchising Live produced in conjunction with whichfranchise.com.
To assist you in your evaluation of franchising, Business Gateway and the Franchise Group for Scotland have put together a series of free seminars running throughout Scotland. Click here for more details on these events.
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