The East Anglia-based branch of Birmingham business Minster Cleaning Services has been shortlisted for the B2B (business to business) category at the prestigious 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee Of The Year Awards.
Kevin Lawley left a 30-year career in international retail and commercial banking to launch his Minster Cleaning Services franchise in September 2011. Since taking over the Norfolk and Suffolk franchise, he has trebled turnover from £420k to £1.4million.
The business, which now boasts 170 contracts and 180 employees, has been particularly successful in the healthcare sector, with 40 medical practice contracts. It’s also making in-roads in the education sector.
Kevin Lawley said: “The experience I gained in multiple senior management roles in the banking sector helped me develop the skills to run a successful franchise. The success of this franchise is based on the execution of Minster’s highly successful business model, and I’m very pleased to see this business model recognised through this nomination.”
The British Franchise Association (bfa) recognises the UK’s most exceptional operators in a range of categories, for their business growth and development, service excellence and ethical franchising practice.
The awards are the oldest and most prestigious in the franchise sector, running for nearly 30 years, and recognise franchising at its best across the UK’s £15bn franchise sector.
Pip Wilkins, the bfa’s CEO, said: “With around 45,000 franchise-owned businesses in the UK, we’ve had to make some very tough choices to get down to our finalists. These are exceptional entrepreneurs and Kevin should be extremely proud to be shortlisted as one of those leading the way in franchising.”
Andrew Brattesani, UK head of franchising at HSBC, said: “One of the best aspects of these awards is that they recognise the outstanding work being done by franchisees in their communities right across the country. These are local people creating local jobs and generating wealth for local economies and it’s a pleasure to recognise those efforts.”