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Pet business franchisees David and Sallyann Gray have been shortlisted for the Local Focus award of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards.

PetPals is recognised across the UK for its pet care services, such as pet sitting – plus Darlington and Yarm franchisees David and Sallyann have hosted regular charity fundraising events over the years, raising thousands of pounds.

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the franchising industry and set to take place in Birmingham on November 30, the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar.

David and Sallyann will be battling it out against two other franchise brands to take home the coveted Local Focus accolade in November.

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association, said: “With a strong moral compass guiding both David and Sallyann, they are both clearly committed to giving back to their local community. In the 15 years that they have been operating, they have raised approximately £15,000 for worthwhile causes – a significant proportion of this (around £6,000) has been donated to UK-based Dogs For Good – a charity that trains assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, children with autism and adults with dementia.

“To be nominated for this prestigious award is a huge achievement and they should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

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Andrew Brattesani, head of franchising, HSBC, said: “David and Sallyann should be incredibly proud of their nomination. Working with organisations like The Princes Trust, the business also provides work experience for local young people which gives them a vital first step on the career ladder.”

This year saw a record number of entries submitted across all categories, leading to an overall increase of nearly 30% compared with 2020. Despite what has been a challenging 18 months for most standalone businesses, the franchising sector has shown strength and resilience. As a result, many bfa members have reported their highest ever level of recruitment and one of their most successful years for profitability and business development.

By Justine Thompson

Source: Pet Business World

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