A Splash of Success

With our 6th Annual NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards over, we’re shining the spotlight on each of award sponsors to thank them for their contribution to the EWIF cause. This year, NatWest were not only our headline sponsors, but also sponsors of the New Woman Franchisee of the Year 2016 won by Sara Harrison from Angela’s Swim School.

“We’re delighted to again be sponsoring EWIF in recognising the huge contribution made by women in the world of franchising”

Having just completed her first year as a franchisee with Angela’s Swim School, Sara’s franchise has had an incredible 100% renewal rate from existing clients, just one of the things we felt made her a deserving winner for this award. Sara has been involved in Angela’s Swim School since May 2014 where she took on an administrative positon for an existing franchisee, however, after speaking with Angela Wilson, CEO of the Swim School, Sara decided it was time to take on her own territory which she launched January 2015.

“We have been partnering these awards since the very beginning. Over that time, we’ve been honoured to be able to celebrate some fantastic achievements and examples of inspiring women across the industry. Entries for this year’s awards have been of the highest standard- reflecting the true impact that women are having in franchising. The professionalism and achievements of all the nominees is inspiring. They’re great examples of the kind of women we’ve been privileged to work with; women breaking into the industry and taking their futures in their own hands” explains Mark Scott, NatWest.

NatWest have been involved in the franchising world for over 30 years. Their team of dedicated franchise Relationship Managers provide expert support and guidance to the franchisees and franchisors across the UK, to help the vibrant sector grow.

The NatWest team of over 200 Women in Business Specialists, based across the UK, support women and the vital role they play in our economy.

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.

Click here to find out more about the EWIF Award Winners 2016!