Rewarded For Services to Franchising 

At our 2016 NatWest EWIF Awards, Donna King was the recipient of our Service Provider of the Year 2016 Award sponsored by The Franchise Show. Donna’s passion for franchising and providing support to women made her a worthy winner for this award.

Our Service Provider of the Year Award 2016 recognises the service provider in the franchising industry that has done the most to support, encourage and assist women into franchising during 2015. At EWIF, we are not a ‘women only’ club that’s why for 2016 we made a change to this award, opening it up to both male and female applicants.

“I am absolutely delighted to have won this EWIF Award, to be recognised and rewarded for a job I love doing feels amazing. I was up against some tough competition and I know the other finalists are as passionate about franchising and supporting women into franchising as I am” explains Donna.

Throughout 2015, Donna actively promoted EWIF to everyone in the franchising industry through bringing guests to a range of Regional Meetings and the 2015 National Conference. Alongside this 2015 saw her sign up 36 new franchisors and renew relationships with numerous others through Franchise Finance, resulting in a significant number of franchisees joining the industry, many being women.

“I think I won the award through visibility! I pop up everywhere spreading the word on how Franchise Finance can support both men and women to fulfil their ambition to become a successful business owner. Having a national remit, I get the opportunity to attend and support all the EWIF Regional Meetings and National Events” adds Donna.

In 2015, Donna was a strong supporter and promoter of the 2015 NatWest EWIF Awards. She encouraged the directors of Franchise Finance to become more actively involved in EWIF, leading to them sponsoring the Woman Franchisor of the Year Award 2015. Donna was involved in the judging process of last year’s awards and also presented the 2015 Woman Franchisor of the Year award.

“EWIF continues to go from strength to strength, with more and more people becoming aware of its existence and the value it brings to the franchising community. I have no doubt that winning this award will help raise the profile of Franchise Finance with those franchisors and franchisees that we have not yet had the opportunity to engage with. This in turn will lead us to helping more men and women to become in control of their own destiny and help fulfil their dreams of starting their own franchise business” concludes Donna.

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!