On Friday, May 19th at the Radisson St Helen’s Hotel in Dublin the winners of the Irish Franchise Awards 2017 in association with AIB were announced.
The awards recognise excellence in franchising and reward the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the franchise industry. 230 guests attended the black-tie gala event hosted by Newstalk’s Jonathan Healy. The evening was filled with heady anticipation as many familiar faces from the world of franchising were entertained by violinists and digital fire as they waited for the final results to be announced and bespoke crystal awards to be presented.
Franchise of the Year (Retail) went to Eddie Rockets, Franchise of the Year (Service) went to Sherry FitzGerald; Best Indigenous Irish Franchise went to Insomnia Coffee Company; Best Marketing Campaign went to Snap; Best Franchise System and Business Practice went to Home Instead Senior Care; the Outstanding Growth Award went to Chopped, Best Emerging Franchise went to Camile Thai; Franchisee awards went to Byrdan Ltd trading as McDonalds, Paul Fagan of Action Coach and David O Hanlon of Fastway Couriers; Best Support to the Franchise Sector went to Lets Operate, Best Supplier to the Franchise Sector went to Zeus Packaging, Best New Franchise Business Model went to AIL Group for Oasis of Taste, Outstanding Contribution to Employment in Ireland went to Supermacs and a special lifetime achievement award was awarded to Andy Hennessey, formerly of Fastway Couriers.
The judging panel for the 2017 Irish Franchise Awards included Newstalk Business Presenter and former Irish Dragon Bobby Kerr; Greg Swift, head of enterprise at Dublin Local Enterprise Office; Michael Bradley, former CEO of the Irish Franchise Association and Elaine O Regan of the Sunday Business Post. Speaking on the night, Bobby Kerr commended the very high standard of the entries and presentations received and remarked on the huge numbers employed in Ireland through the various franchise systems. All finalists received a framed Certificate of Excellence on the night and winners received a bespoke crystal award and personalised branded video footage with highlights from the night.
Over 28,000 people are now working in the Irish franchise sector engaged in the operations of 2,975 different franchise units across a wide range of sectors ranging from retailing and food service right through to an interesting selection of business-to-business and business-to-consumer services.
The ceremony was an impressive business event reflecting the strength of the franchise sector over the last two decades. 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. On behalf of the Association I would like to congratulate all entrants and winners with special thanks to our co-sponsors AIB and award sponsors which include Home Instead Senior Care, TaxAssist Accountants, Snap, The Irish Franchise Show, Eddie Rockets, McDonalds, Lets Operate, Comans Beverages, JBM & Merit Solutions, The Sunday Business Post and Skillnet.”
Winners of the Irish Franchise Awards 2017
1. Best Emerging Franchise sponsored by Eddie Rockets | Winner: Camile Thai
This Franchise helps busy customers conveniently order healthy, delicious Asian hot meals, delivered to their home in 30 minutes
2. Franchisee of the year (Retail) sponsored by the Irish Franchising Skillnet
Winner: Byrdan Ldt trading as McDonalds)
This franchisee is a leading-edge franchise group with five restaurants located in Dublin and the wider Leinster region, with turnover approaching €20 million and almost 400 employees .
This franchise is a team of professional business growth experts passionate about taking Irish businesses from good to great. Their services, enable clients to build more profitable and sustainable businesses, which creates jobs to support local communities and wider economy.
4. Most entrepreneurial franchisee sponsored by the Irish Franchising Skillnet
Winner: David O Hanlon, Fastway Couriers
This franchisee showed dedication and tenacity. He worked through a difficult time and never gave up. He overcame obstacles and turned his territory around and is now looking forward to new challenges and expansion
5 Best Support to the Franchise Sector Sponsored by Snap Printing | Winner: Lets Operate
6. Best Supplier to the Franchise Sector sponsored by Home Instead | Winner: ZEUS Packaging
This company offers clients a one stop shop locally and internationally for a complete range of consumable packaging products by providing a daily ordering and delivery service to over 8,000 sites.
7. Outstanding Growth Sponsored by Sunday Business Post | Winner: Chopped
This franchise is Ireland’s leading healthy fast food retailer. Serving crisp lettuce, garden fresh vegetables, incredible salad dressings and 30 ingredients, “chopped” and freshly dressed into Chopped’s unique salad bowls, sandwiches or wraps.
8. Best Marketing Campaign: Sponsored by Sunday Business Post | Winner: Snap
This franchise offers an ever-developing portfolio of products and services, professional design and creative ideas that meet the needs of businesses small, medium or large. The number one Print and Marketing services partner for Irish SMEs.
9. Best Indigenous Irish Franchise sponsored by The Irish Franchise Show | Winner: Insomnia
This franchise’s strength lies not only in the quality of the coffee and food they serve, but also in the experience our customers have with us when they visit.
10. Best Franchise System and Business Practice sponsored by Irish Franchise Show
Winner: Home Instead Senior Care
This Franchise is Ireland's leading provider of home care services, helping older people to maintain their independence and live at home for longer than otherwise possible.
11. Best New Franchise Business Model Sponsored by Lets Operate | Winner: Oasis of Taste by AIL Group
This concept is a dynamic new food offering that combines three quick service brands under one retail space, sharing customers, costs and profits.
12. Outstanding Contribution to Employment in Ireland sponsored by Lets Operate
This is Ireland’s largest and fastest-growing indigenous fast food restaurant group with well over 2500 employees. With over 100 restaurants throughout Ireland and aggressive expansion plans, this franchise is looking forward to an exciting future!
13. Franchise of the Year (Service) Sponsored by AIB | Winner: Sherry Fitzgerald
This Group was the first firm of Irish estate agents to franchise. The business has grown from a single branch to a nationwide company operating in almost 100 different locations. We provide residential and commercial property sales/lettings advice.
14. Franchise of the Year (Retail) Sponsored by AIB | Winner: Eddie Rockets
This Franchise is a household name established in 1989, the home of the Hamburger, a successful Irish company serving customers iconic freshly made to order food in an American themed Diner experience.
15: Lifetime Achievement Award presented by David Killeen, Chairman
For his exceptional service on the board of the Irish Franchise Association for over a decade and his inspirational leadership in the outstanding growth and prosperity of Fastway Couriers