Inaugural BFA affiliates and supplier awards

The Franchising Centre (TFC) receiving their award. From left: Pip Wilkins, members of the TFC team (Brian Duckett, Alan Wilkinson, Laura Harvey-Smith, Shirley Hughes, Dugan Aylen) and Emily Price (BFA).

The BFA for the first time at their annual conference recognised its affiliate category of professional advisers and suppliers by introducing the BFA Professional Affiliate and Supplier Awards.

The new awards with four categories of entry are in recognition of the excellent work of its professional members who were first welcomed into membership in 1985, as critical partners for the association in its central mission to ensure the high standards demanded by ethical business-format franchising model.

This specific group of members has been significant in the ongoing development of the association’s standards, collaborating on industry intelligence, evolving legislation and real-world changes in franchising practice.

Pip Wilkins said: “We are really proud that this year and going forward we will be recognising some of the amazing achievements and contributions of both professional affiliates and suppliers. Year-on-year we will evolve these awards in line with the evolution of our sector, just as we have for our industry leading franchisor and franchisee awards.”

Award winners

The 2018 award winners for the BFA Professional Affiliate and Supplier Awards with comments from Wilkins on members’ achievements.

Innovation and Development
d&t (Accountants and business advisers)
‘d&t have revolutionised their industry and made the services they offer integral to monitoring effective business performance and enabling cost saving, network wide decisions to be made by franchisors to the benefit of their franchisees.’

Industry Contribution
HSBC (Banking)
‘With economic commentaries that are second to none, a leading edge and bespoke franchise website, major development of their UK team and replication of their UK model internationally, we wish them the best for the future.’

Team of the Year
The Franchising Centre (Franchise consultants, training centre, recruitment and career development)
‘This team clearly articulated a strong vision, mission and values, evidenced during a crucial period of strategic transition with a focus on developing their team members. As they say, train them and they will stay. This is a team that has ample of experience, more than 300 years combined in fact.’

Customer Service
Platinum Wave (Franchise consultants)
‘Not only have they sought to offer first class service, but they have also recognised the need to participate in industry events which has given them both greater brand recognition and built their credibility in our sector. I’m pleased to see their hard work recognised.’