The Barking Mad franchise has made it to the shortlist in this year’s bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, in the category Brand Awareness.
Barking Mad is the UK’s first ‘dog holiday’ service offering tailored one-to-one care for dogs.
The awards ceremony will take place on June 28 at the ICC in Birmingham and recognise both franchisors and franchisees who have demonstrated outstanding business acumen, innovation and achievement.
The British Franchise Association (bfa) is a not-for-profit self-regulatory governing body for UK franchising and has run its annual awards for nearly 30 years.
Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa, said: “It’s over 40 years since the bfa was launched specifically to develop ethical franchising in the UK, and I am proud of the way the sector has grown in that time, with the industry’s turnover exceeding £15bn – that’s 1% of the UK’s GDP!
“If you are running a successful business and looking to expand, then franchising has truly become a valid and important next step in accelerating your business growth. For others wanting to run their own business, but who still want additional support and backing, becoming a franchisee is a great way to take the plunge via a proven business model and hence limit the risk.”
Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising for award sponsor HSBC, said: “HSBC is delighted to be once again supporting these franchise awards.
Franchise businesses are often the hidden engine of business growth in the UK and it is essential to highlight the important contribution both large and small businesses make to our economy. It is also important to showcase to people that they can run their own businesses and if you don’t want to go it alone, or haven’t got a strong business idea of your own, you can still be successful and become your own boss.”
Source: Pet Business World