The NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWiF) Awards 2024 are now open for entries. These awards offer a unique opportunity to showcase the best women innovators, leaders and pioneers in franchising. Since 2012, we have recognised and celebrated hundreds of franchise executives, departments, and entire organisations for their innovation and inspiring leadership. Could you be next?

As one of the first organisations dedicated to championing women in franchising, our goal is to amplify your business profile and awareness of your brand to potential franchisees, industry peers, clients and customers. Winning one of our prestigious accolades could boost your brand and team, recognising all your hard work and achievements over the last year.

We champion female-led businesses from every sector, of all ages, and all sizes and shine a spotlight on the talented female entrepreneurs and business leaders who are shaping the future of franchising – women who push boundaries, set new standards and overcome adversity. Are you one of them? Step forward and enter today.

This year’s categories are:

  • New Woman Franchisor of the Year 2024 sponsorship available

  • Woman Franchisor of the Year 2024 sponsored by DJH

  • New Woman Franchisee of the Year 2024 sponsorship available

  • Woman Franchisee of the Year 2024 sponsored by Atlas Mapping

  • Woman Franchise Employee of the Year 2024 sponsored by Mercury Franchise School

  • Young Woman in Franchising of the Year 2024 (Under 30 years) sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants

  • Service Provider of the Year 2024 (Male or female) sponsored by NatWest

  • Inspirational Woman in Franchising 2024 sponsored by Platinum Wave

  • Ambassador of the Year 2024 (Male or female) sponsored by The Franchise Consultant

  • Overall Women in Franchising 2024 (Chosen from the female winners of the above categories) sponsored by The BFA

Applications close at 5 p.m. on 31st July 2024, so get started today. Winners will be announced at our prestigious award ceremony on Friday 18th October at The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.


Why should you enter the EWiF Awards 2024?

The EWiF Awards 2024 are here and there are many reasons as to why you should consider entering! Whether your business is just starting or is firmly established, entering the awards could help your business’s success and advance your brand.

By entering the EWiF awards you can:

  • Reflect on your year: Writing an entry allows you to reflect on the past year and take stock of all your successes. It may also help you to set goals, and ambitions and build on your achievements in the coming year.
  • Enhance your reputation: Winning an award is an endorsement for your business and is a great way of differentiating your company from your competitors, amplifying the reputation and awareness of your brand.
  • Boost your brand: Spread the good news – everyone loves a success story and winning an award is a great publicity hook for social media and publications.
  • Celebrate with your team: Awards also recognise your team’s hard work and achievements, which can be a great boost to morale, giving you all a reason to celebrate and will hopefully inspire you and your colleagues to keep up the great work!
  • Network: Network with other franchise professionals at our exclusive finalist’s black-tie reception and at the prestigious awards ceremony.
  • Best in class: Position yourself as ‘best in class’ in your sector.
  • Attract new talent: Whether it be employees, franchisees or customers, being a finalist in an awards category can help you look more appealing to work with and for.
  • Free to enter: The awards are free and easy to enter, you have nothing to lose!

Our judging panel looks forward to reading your success stories, as we celebrate another great year in franchising! So, what are you waiting for?!

All entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday 31st July 2024.