The 2016 EWIF Awards put outstanding women in franchising under the spotlight, with franchisees, franchisors, service providers and franchise employees all receiving well-earned recognition for their hard work.
EWIF’s Chief Executive Clive Sawyer began the proceedings, delivering a speech focusing in part on how women are narrowing the gender gap throughout the world. He noted that “women’s representation on the FSE 100 companies has risen to 23.5% and is expected to reach 25% by the end of the year.”
“The FSE 250 has also made great progress, more than doubling the number of women on their board since 2011, from just 7.8% to 18%. The UK is the fifth highest country in Europe and the world when it comes to the percentage of women directors.
“A mark of how women are continuing to break down the barriers of the past is that the institute of directors appointed its first woman chair, Barbara Judge in its 112-year history last May.”
Keynote speaker Caprice Bourret, founder, designer and CEO of By Caprice Products delivered an inspiring and entertaining speech to the attendees. She shared the story of her own success, from modelling and appearing on over 300 magazine covers across the globe to business ownership with By Caprice Products. She stressed, ‘brand integrity’ and ‘passion’ as paramount to business success and advised attendees to ‘keep ego out of business.’
The best was left til last, with the announcement of the award winners:
- New Woman Franchisor of the Year: Jenni Dunman, Daisy First Aid
- New Woman Franchisee of the Year: Sara Harrison, Angela’s Swim School
- Young Woman in Franchising of the Year: Claire Roberts, Magical Maths
- Service Provider of the the Year: Donna King, Franchise Finance
- Woman Franchise Employee of the Year: Kellie Blake, Rosemary Bookkeeping
- Woman Franchisee of the Year: Anne Wainwright, McDonald’s
- Woman Franchisor of the Year: Sussanne Chambers, HomeXperts
The winners and finalists gathered together for photographs and the attendees celebrated with drinks and canapes.
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