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Industry Announcement! NatWest EWIF Award Winners announced


Congratulations to the 2017 NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Award winners who were announced on 16th May! Attendees gathered in London for the annual event, from across the country and the franchise industry, to celebrate the successes of the finalists and winners. Guest speaker, Melody Hossaini, founder of InspirEngage, shared her experiences of being a business woman, an inspiration for more women to step into the world of business ownership.

“Today was my first experience of being at an EWIF Awards Ceremony, it’s such a pleasure to be here. I think it’s so important for women to get involved in franchising. When women find themselves in situations where they want a bit more flexibility and perhaps want to make passion their career, they can look to the franchising model to help them become more economically active. I’ve had some really interesting conversations today with both franchisees and franchisors about their models and why they are passionate about getting more women into franchising. It’s been absolutely fascinating and such a pleasure to see the great work that EWIF does,” explained Melody.

The 2017 NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Award winners are:

  • New Woman Franchisor – Rachel Fay, Little Learners
  • New Woman Franchisee – Tracy Cooke, Magical Maths
  • Woman Franchisor – Jo Stone & Tracy Townend, Puddle Ducks
  • Woman Franchisee – Claire Slorach, Toni & Guy
  • Woman Franchise Employee – Sarah Mayhew, Magical Maths
  • Young Woman in Franchising – Emily Norman, diddi dance
  • Service Provider – Vicki Mitman, Birketts
  • Inspirational Woman – Fiona Williams, Bluebird Care
  • Overall Woman in Franchising Winner (chosen from the 8 winners above) - Claire Slorach, Toni & Guy

“Every year the NatWest EWIF awards get bigger and bigger and I can’t believe we’ve just finished our seventh Awards! EWIF membership is growing year-on-year, and each year sees record numbers of entries. This demonstrates how women are coming forward to shout about their achievements. For me, this means the EWIF cause is working it’s magic! I look forward to the awards every year and I’m always sad when it’s over. It’s lovely to see so many from within the franchise industry joining together to celebrate the winners’ and finalists’ achievements.” explains Clive Sawyer, CEO of EWIF and MD of Business Options.

EWIF’s primary focus is to support women who are looking for a route into the franchise industry. Our remit is threefold; to encourage women to consider buying a franchise, to encourage business women to franchise their existing operations, and to help franchisors attract more women to their networks. We are a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking at trying to break into the franchise industry.

Missed the awards this year? Why not come along to our National Conference on 21st September 2017? Join us to find out more about EWIF, make contacts and hear from some inspirational guest speakers. Visit to book tickets, or to find out more about becoming an EWIF member, visit or email