I am delighted to announce that NatWest are the Lead Sponsors for the second year running, for the Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards 2012:-
The EWIF awards recognise the work and achievements of women, in all aspects of franchising during 2011 .
The individual Award Categories are as follows:
Note: Individuals can not nominate themselves for this Award. The winner will be chosen by the judges based on their knowledge of the special work of the individual.
Award Entry Forms are now available via an editable PDF, which can be downloaded from the EWIF website. All entries must be received using the official PDF editable entry forms. The closing date for Award Entry’s is 25th February 2012.
I can also confirm that the Awards Ceremony will be held at the NatWest/RBS Building, 280 Bishopsgate, in Central London on Thursday March 29th, between 10am and 3pm. This is very near to Liverpool Street Station.
Mark Scott – Director, Franchise Development, NatWest
As it has been 4 months since the launch of the NatWest/ RBS Franchise Fund on the 7th February, I thought it would be useful to outline some of the things that have happened at RBS/NatWest as a direct result of the launch and its success.
I am very pleased to say that the fund was extremely well received by both the franchise sector and the media. A successful communications, media and broadcast campaign was undertaken, reaching an estimated audience of 17 million people, with interviews on 29 regional radio stations, appearances on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Wake Up To Money & Today Radio 4. A number of National & Evening Newspapers also picked up on the story and this continues across the regions. This is fantastic news for franchising in general.
Since its launch, we have seen at least double the number of leads & enquiries in the team and we think this is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. So far, we have over £44m of loans under consideration or agreed.
More recently, we have revamped our external RBS & NatWest websites and links are attached below. You will see that amongst other things, we have added details of the fund and a newly created “Call Back Service”, which makes franchisee interaction with us even easier.
The annual NatWest/BFA Survey was also launched last month where BFA members now receive a copy as part of their membership package. The survery is also available at a cost for non members.
The inaugural Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards Ceremony took place London on 10th May 2011. The Awards were the first of their kind providing a unique opportunity to formally recognise the growing contribution women franchisees, women franchisors and women franchise service providers make to this sector.
The finalists and winners were announced at the Awards Ceremony held at the NatWest building in central London, and were attended by over 150 people from throughout the world of franchising.
Clive Sawyer, Chairman and Founder of EWIF, and Managing Director of Business Options one of the UK’s leading Franchise Consultancies commented: “We were absolutely delighted at the response to these inaugural EWIF Awards both from the number and quality of entries received. It was especially pleasing that we had entries not just from the large very well know franchise brands but also from smaller less known franchises as well. The large turn out for the Awards Ceremony is an indication of the level of support EWIF has from the whole franchise industry”.
There were four Awards presented and the winners were:
Graeme Jones, Head of Franchising, NatWest said: “As the number one bank for Franchising, NatWest was proud to sponsor these awards and encourage more women to realise the benefits of running a successful franchise. NatWest are committed to developing female entrepreneurship, we have our own dedicated Women in Business Service as well as links with everywoman.”
The ENCOURAGING WOMEN INTO FRANCHISING Group (EWIF) was established in 2008, by Clive Sawyer, managing Director of Business Options, with the mission to inspire, encourage, educate and support women considering or involved in franchising through its network of Ambassadors. The Group is made up of representatives from throughout the whole franchise industry.
For people wishing to find out more about the EWIF services or would like to discuss joining EWIF please visit www.ewif.org