Four national home care providers have been named finalists in the 2020 bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards.
Bluebird Care, Home Instead Senior Care, Radfield Home Care and Right at Home UK have all been shortlisted in separate categories.
The bfa HSBC Awards is a flagship event in the franchising calendar and highlights the outstanding business acumen, passion and achievement of individuals and businesses across the UK.
Bluebird Care is in the running for the Business Transformation Franchisor Award after undergoing significant change over the last three years, realigning its strategy and opening new locations.
Marketing and communications director Hannah Banfield said: “Being shortlisted for this award is testament to the significant efforts of each and every member of the Bluebird Care Franchise Support Team and their core commitment in supporting our owners to grow profitable and sustainable businesses who have their customers at their core.”
Home Instead Senior Care is up for the Franchisor of the Year award, which is considered the ultimate award in UK franchising.
On deciding the shortlist for this category, judges looked for ethical companies with strategies that stand out from the crowd; those that are going above and beyond and can convey this along with substantial evidence to support positive impact.
Ruth Brown, Home Instead’s business development director, commented: “Being a finalist in this award means such a lot as it also acknowledges our contribution to the care sector. Caring is at the heart of everything we do at Home Instead, for our national office, franchise owners, their teams and of course our wonderful clients.”
She continued: “Our aim is to have an ethical business in every respect. From the person-centred care delivered to our clients to the mutual respect between our teams, all working together for the greater good.”
Meanwhile, Jennie Bardrick, a business owner at Radfield Home Care, has been shortlisted for the Next Generation Franchisee Award, open to any franchisee aged 35 and under.
After becoming dissatisfied with the corporate world, Bardrick, now 32, purchased the vacant Havering & Brentwood branch and scaled up the business, providing quality care to clients in the area.
Commenting on her nomination, she said: “It is an honour to be a finalist in the Next Generation Franchisee Category at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2020.
“Franchising has given me an incredible opportunity to enter a sector which is highly rewarding, gives me a chance to make a difference to the lives of older people, and brings me a work life balance that I could only have dreamed of before.”
Finally, Right at Home has been named a finalist in the Leadership & Culture category, which recognises businesses that create collaborative networks with common goals.
Right at Home was founded in the UK in 2010 by CEO Ken Deary, and the business now has 60+ locally-owned and operated offices across England and Wales.
Deary said: “We are thrilled to be named a finalist for the bfa’s Leadership and Culture award. We pride ourselves on offering the very best support to our growing network of franchise owners and their best interests are at the very heart of every decision we make.”
The winners of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards will be announced at a dinner and ceremony, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.