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Women franchisors recognised at awards ceremony

By: Elizabeth Smythe
18 May 2011

Female franchisors were recognised at the 2011 Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) award ceremony, writes Select Your Franchise.

The first event of its kind, the awards were an opportunity to officially recognise the vast and increasing contribution made by women in franchising, whether franchisors, franchisees or franchise service providers.

Over 150 people from the UK franchising industry were in attendance at the the event, sponsored by NatWest Bank and held at the NatWest building in London.

Four awards were presented: Woman Franchisee of the Year, won by Lisa Tobias of Domino's Pizza; Young Woman Franchisee of the Year, won by Amanda Perkins of Musical Minis.

Sophie Brooks of Clive's Easylearn Pop Music Schools was awarded Woman Franchisor of the Year and Woman Franchise Service Provider of the Year went to Sarah Cook of Coconut Creatives.

Speaking after the event, EWIF chairman and founder Clive Sawyer, told "We were absolutely delighted at the response to these inaugural EWIF Awards, both from the number and quality of entries received.

"It was especially pleasing that we had entries not just from the large very well known franchise brands but also from a smaller less known brands as well.

"The large turnout for the Awards Ceremony is an indication of the level of support EWIF has from the whole franchise industry."

The EWIF was established in 2008 and designed as a way to "inspire, encourage, educate and support" women who were involved in franchising or considering it. A network of industry-wide representatives act as mentors and ambassadors for the scheme. 

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