The fourth annual EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising) Awards, sponsored by NatWest, took place at 250 Bishopsgate (RBS House) London, in front of an audience of guests from across the UK franchise industry.
Co Chairs of the organisation Louise Harris (Wilkins Chimney Sweep) and Louise Bruce (Big Red Box PR) hosted the awards that were attended by over 150 guests from industry giants such as McDonalds to start-up operations like mum2mum market.
EWIF is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage women to buy a franchise business, to franchise their existing business or to help existing franchise operations to attract more female franchisees. EWIF runs regular meetings across the UK with website www.ewif.org providing up-to-date information to members and the general public.
A special award for ‘Outstanding Contribution’ was given to Pam Bader OBE FRSA, founder of Molly Maid. Pam was chosen for her extended network of female franchisees, for being the first woman elected to the board of the BFA and for being an excellent ambassador and mentor for women looking at franchising.
Commenting on the success of the day Louise Harris said,
‘As our flag-ship event it has been a wonderful day for EWIF and, in keeping with the theme of the day, it was also totally inspiring. The finalists and winners here today are testament to the fact that although there may not be as many women in franchising as there should be, the ones we have are hugely talented and are tremendous role models for anyone thinking of joining our industry in 2013.’
Louise Bruce concurred,
‘It is a well documented fact that women are under-represented in franchising in the UK; our job at EWIF is to encourage more women to consider it buying a franchise as a business, expanding their existing business through franchising and for helping existing franchisors to redress any gender imbalances in their organisations.’
Graeme Jones, Head of Franchising at NatWest said,
‘Franchising represents a great opportunity to get into self-employment across a range of sectors and business models. We are delighted to support these awards which celebrate the range of talent that exists and acts as a beacon for those who require encouragement to get involved.’