announces winners of its Top Franchise Awards 2017

  • Creative kids franchise ARTventurers was named Overall Top Franchise at’s first Top Franchise Awards this week.The Awards, sponsored by HSBC, celebrate the best family friendly franchisors and franchisees. They recognise franchisors both big and small who have empowered women in business – not only by providing a successful flexible business model, but by giving franchisees the advice and support they need to succeed.

    Twenty-three franchises and 30 franchisees were shortlisted for six categories and the top franchise award was chosen from the winners of each of these. ARTventurers was named Overall Top Franchise with the judges saying it had created a family friendly, supportive business model and had not only won one award, but had performed strongly across all the categories it had entered. The judges praised its support for maternity leave, which was something many self employed women struggle with and said they felt other franchises could learn from the kind of engaged, flexible business model it offered.

    The awards were judged by Kendall Braddock, Franchise Director of HSBC Bank plc, franchise law expert Amy Leite, Senior Associate at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, Griselda Togobo, Managing Director of Forward Ladies who are partners for the Awards, and Gillian Nissim, Founder of

    The online ceremony on Tuesday included an awards presentation and a Q&A session with franchising experts.

    The winners of the six award categories were:

    Supportive Franchisor Award – ARTventurers. 

  • Family Friendly Franchise Award – Lingotot. 
  • The Franchise Award for Innovation – Bluebird Care. Best Newcomer Award – Little Learners. 

    Franchisee of the Year Award – Abigail Curtis from Lingotot Teesside

    Gillian Nissim, founder of, said: “We are delighted at the very high standard of entries in our second Top Franchise Awards. I would like to congratulate all our winners and shortlisted franchises and franchisees. The Top Franchise Awards perfectly complement our Top Employer Awards by highlighting flexible, supportive business models which allow those with caring needs to fulfill their potential. We believe they act as a beacon for others looking to develop flexible business models.”

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