Today, the winners of the NatWest Encouraging Women Into Franchising (EWIF) Awards 2015 were announced at the awards ceremony in London. Guests from across the industry attended to see the winners receive their well-deserved awards.

“We are delighted to continue our support for the EWIF awards and congratulate all the winners on their success. The awards provide a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate the work of women in the UK franchising industry. The professionalism and achievements of all the winners and nominees are inspiring and they are great role models for other women thinking about breaking into the industry,” explains Andrew Taylor, Head of Leisure, Retail and Franchising at NatWest.

The winners are:

New Woman Franchisee of the Year 2015 sponsored by Making Money magazine:
Hilary Coates – Wagging Tails

Woman Franchise Employer of the Year 2015 sponsored by busibricks Franchise Manager:
Rebecca Duschl – diddi dance

Woman Franchisee of the Year 2015 sponsored by Elite Franchise sponsored by The Franchise Show:
Sally Findlay – Recognition Express

Woman Service Provider of the Year 2015 sponsored by Elite Franchise magazine:
Kate Matthews – Boddy Matthews

New Woman Franchisor of the Year 2015 sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants Limited:
Jenni Bradford – Professor Poopenshtinken’s Magical Maths

Young Woman in Franchising of the Year 2015 sponsored by No+Vello:
Vicki Mitman – Leathes Prior

Woman Franchisor of the Year 2015 sponsored by Franchise Finance:
Anne-Marie Martin – diddi dance

Outstanding Contribution to Franchising Award 2015 sponsored by NatWest:
Jan Mitman – Drain Doctor

“This year has been the 5th Annual EWIF Awards and having personally reviewed all of the award entries, I am delighted and encouraged by the great achievements by so many women across all areas of the franchise industry. The EWIF awards allow us to publicly acknowledge a small number of these achievements, however, it is important to remember that the women we are recognising at the EWIF awards are only the tip of the iceberg, with many thousands of women making amazing achievements every day in franchising,” explains Clive Sawyer, CEO of EWIF.

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. EWIF is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking at trying to break into the franchise industry.