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Snap-on Frananchise UK. A man “living the dream” of running his own business has won a national award for young people.

Craig Bishop, 32, from Portland, bought into the tool supply franchise Snap-on two years ago and has already seen it ranked seventh in the country.

He started the franchise with little experience of the tool trade or running a business, but says he worked hard and focused on providing the best customer service he could.

He won the Young Male Franchisee of the Year title in the British Franchise Association HSBC Franchise Awards.

Mr Bishop, who runs his franchise across North Dorset, beat hundreds of other entrants to the award.

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He said: “Winning Young Male Franchisee of the Year is very surreal and I am honoured to have won. I know that the competition was tough so to even be nominated was a massive honour.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my franchise journey, and I look forward to carry on living my dream of running my own business.”

He added: “I have a real drive and determination to do well in life and have always put 100 per cent into everything I do.

“It didn’t ever really matter that I didn’t know a lot about the tool range – I use the training I was given and follow the system and, most importantly, I work hard to fulfil my customers’ needs.

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“This approach has got me far, but my success hasn’t been without hard work. I’m very proud to have been recognised – winning this award is a real highlight of my career and I’m proud to celebrate with the Snap-on team.”

The awards are decided by a panel of specialist judges, who consider hundreds of entries from businesses spanning all industries and sectors. Winners were announced at a black tie awards ceremony at the Vox in Birmingham.

Craig attended with his girlfriend Amy – who supports him in running the business – and the Snap-on franchise team.

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Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the British Franchise Association – who presented Craig with his award – said: “Young franchisees are the lifeblood of the industry. Craig showed exceptional business acumen and has clearly defined goals for his business, and he is hungry for more. I congratulate him for his win.”

Andy Brattesani, UK head of franchising at HSBC, said: “Craig is a determined individual with a vision, and it is pleasing the industry is allowing more young individuals like Craig to enter the world of franchising and achieve their dreams.”

By Sam Beamish

Source: Dorset Echo

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