Winners of the Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards 2013 revealed

Established over 20 years ago the franchise awards recognise excellence in franchising and has become one of the longest and respected business events in Ireland.

There more than 230 guests at the black-tie gala, which was hosted by Newstalk’s Johnathan Healy and officiated by John Perry, TD, Minister for Small Business.

Franchise of the Year (Retail) was awarded to Apache Pizza, Franchise of the Year (Service) went to Home Instead, Franchising Woman of the Year was awarded to Fiona Egan from sasta, Best Newcomer was MixGreens, Best Franchise System and Business Practice went to Fastway Couriers, Best Emerging Franchise was PuriFry, Best Marketing Campaign went to Motivation Weight Management, Best Indigenous Irish Franchise was Boston Barber Bars, Franchisee of the Year went to Morgan McStay of McDonalds and Pat McDonagh from Supermac’s won the “Outstanding Contribution to Franchising in Ireland” Award.

There were other awards handed out on the night which included: The Zipyard, Jymka, Business Coaching Ireland, Synergy Stocktaking , Snap, Card Connection, House of Tea , Stockwatch, BeeFit, Energie , Chemdry, BCM Ortus , and the National Franchise Centre in Limerick.

David Killeen, Chairman of the Irish Franchise Association said “The awards are an opportunity for us to formally recognise and celebrate the excellent work being done by all franchise operators in growing our sector, consolidating existing businesses and protecting sustainable jobs despite the difficult trading conditions we currently face. On behalf of the Association I would like to congratulate not just the finalists but all entrants and winners. Through the collective effort of all involved, we continue to drive improvements in standards and the understanding of best practice and ethical franchising in Ireland. I sincerely thank Ulster Bank for their continued association with this event and their on-going support and commitment to our sector”.

The ceremony was just one of the highlights of the Ulster Bank Irish Franchising and Start-ups EXPO on October 11th and 12th at the RDS Dublin. The ceremony was brilliant reflection of the strength of the franchise sector in Ireland. With a turnover €2.4 billion and 4,080 operating units, the sector offers 42,900 full-time jobs.