Top Franchise Awards annual Top Franchise Awards celebrate and publicly recognise franchisors who help women combine business success with raising a family.

Celebrating passion and achievement

Open for entries 3rd December 2018

Applauding people

Top Franchise Award

The winner of the Top Franchise Award will be selected from winners of the other categories, taking into account innovation, growth, support and providing a flexible business concept. View more.

2018 Winner: The Creation Station

Supportive Franchisor Award

The Supportive Franchisor Award recognises franchises that offer the best advice and support to franchisees from the start of their journey and throughout. From discovery days to ongoing webinars, this award will recognise those franchisors that ensure franchisees reach their full potential. View more.

2018 Winner: Creation Station 

The Family Friendly Franchise Award 

The Family Friendly Franchise Award recognises the franchisor that offers the best Family Friendly concept. This franchise can not only be successfully worked around family commitments but franchisors go that extra mile to help and support parents to run their business. View more.

2018 Winner: Mumbler

The Franchise Award for Innovation

The Franchise Award for Innovation publicly recognises franchises that have innovative policies and practices that help franchisees grow and improve their business. View more.

2018 Winner: Pink Spaghetti 

Best Newcomer Award

The Best Newcomer Award recognises new flexible businesses that are growing fast, that are making themselves known in the market place and show great future potential. View more.

2018 Winner: Fun Fest Franchising (UK) Ltd

Franchisee of the Year Award

The Franchisee of the Year, voted by the public, will recognise franchisees for their achievements in the last 18 months. From exceptional customer service to overcoming challenges, the public will vote on the franchisee they feel deserves recognition. View more.

2018 Winner: Rachel Davies from Turtle Tots 

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Watch the 2018 Awards Ceremony

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HSBC established a franchise unit over 30 years ago in recognition of the important role franchising plays in the business market. Today HSBC is seen as one of the leading franchise banks, demonstrating expertise and innovative solutions to both franchisors and franchisees.

HSBC’s purpose is to connect customers to opportunities, enabling franchise businesses to thrive and economies to prosper. We understand that every franchise is different, with different visions, ideas, success and direction – therefore we provide a range of business services tailored for franchise owners.

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We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking at trying to break into the franchise industry. Our remit is threefold; to encourage women to consider buying a franchise, to encourage business women to franchise their existing operations and to help franchisors attract more women to their networks.

Watch the Q&A

Following the Top Franchise Awards, we hosted a live Q&A with a panel of experts. Get some fresh ideas on how to grow your business.

Expert Panel

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Adam Knight

Adam Knight
Head of Technology & Systems
Coconut Creatives



Legal Matters

Amy Leite

Amy Leite
Senior Associate
Aquabridge Law



Flexible Working

Mandy GarnerMandy Garner

Expert Panel

Your Host

Rachael WenhamRachael Wenham
Franchise Manager




Bal KurBal Kir
Franchise Manager



Attracting Franchisees

Steph GutmannSteph Gutmann
Franchise Expert

Gillian Nissim


Gillian NissimA former Senior Communications Executive, Gillian has worked at a number of different organisations with very different cultures and attitudes towards family friendly working policies.

After the birth of her second child she decided to set up her own company to cater for the businesses who did appreciate the vast experience and high calibre of professionals who had become mums, and wanted to find challenging and interesting jobs that offered more flexibility than traditional office-based, Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00 jobs.

A graduate of Birmingham University, Gillian launched in 2006, which is now the number one job and community site for professional working mothers.

David Kerrigan

Franchise Director, HSBC Bank plc

David HSBC

David has been a banker for over 25 years. Worked in retail banking in a number of senior positions including branch manager before moving to commercial banking, supporting business clients from ‘start up’ right up to £30m turnover business,therefore gaining a depth ofexperience in lending to business clients.

HSBC has had a dedicated franchise unit for over 25 years and the team work closely with the bfa and its members to support ethical franchising. David joined the team 4 years ago gaining the Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP) qualification during last year.

David is a huge sports fan and attends many live sports events every month being an avid Aston Villa supporter & member at both Moseley Rugby & Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Amy Leite

Associate Solicitor, Aquabridge Law

Amy Leite

Amy has just started a new role as an Associate Solicitor at Aquabridge Law. Prior to this she was a Senior Associate at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors in Essex, specialising in franchise law. She has specialised in franchise law for many years now and acts predominantly for franchisees, having previously acted solely for franchisees for 10 years.

She has built a strong reputation in this area with Paul Strelitz, Barrister from leading chambers Hardwicke referring to her as “unquestionably an impressive franchise law specialist.” She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Outside work Amy’s interests include city breaks, working her way through the ‘1001 Places You Must Eat Before You Die’ book, and art exhibitions.

Helen Walbey

National Policy Chair for Health and Diversity at Federation of Small Businesses

Helen WalbeyHelen Walbey, managing director of Recycle Scooters in Aberdare headed-up the FSB’s committee responsible for diversity policy.

Helen has run her own business since 2004, when she started trading bike parts online as a way to make ends meet after her husband had been seriously injured in an accident at work.

Today her company trades parts internationally, and has a number of major contracts for motorcycle dismantling.

Helen’s passion for diversity issues is borne from her own experiences of being a female business-owner in a sector which is dominated by men. She strongly believes that no-one should be prevented from succeeding in businesses as a result of their gender, race, sexuality or disability.