We are thrilled to announce that Bluebird Care won two awards in one week. Firstly our director of operations, Fiona Williams, won the Inspirational Women in Franchising Awards at the Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards and on the same day, Bluebird Care won The Franchise Award for Innovation at the workingmums.co.uk Top Franchise Awards.
Read the full story on both awards below and what this means for Bluebird Care.
Bluebird Care win at the workingmums.co.uk Top Franchise Awards!
Bluebird Care, the UK’s leading homecare provider, have won The Franchise Award for Innovation at the workingmums.co.uk 2nd Top Franchise Awards 2017.
The workingmums.co.uk awards took place in an online ceremony on Tuesday 16th May 2017, with Bluebird Care being a finalist in the innovation category. This is the awards second year of running, recognising franchisors that are helping women combine business success and family life. The Top Franchise Awards had 5 categories:
- Supportive Franchise Award
- The Family Friendly Franchise Award
- The Franchise Award for Innovation
- Best Newcomer Award
- Franchisee of the Year Award
Judging this year’s awards were:
- Kendall Braddock – franchise director, HSBC Bank plc
- Amy Leite – associate solicitor, Aquabridge Law
- Griselda Togobo – managing director, Forward Ladies
- Gillian Nissim – founder, workingmums.co.uk
23 franchises were shortlisted along with 30 franchisees and the winner of each category was then put forward with the chance to win the Overall Top Franchise Award.
Those shortlisted for The Franchise Award for Innovation alongside Bluebird Care had to demonstrate that they had innovative policies and practices, helping franchisees to grow and improve their businesses.
On awarding Bluebird Care, the judges commented:
“Bluebird Care presented a gold standard for other franchises. They were leaders in their industry in terms of their investment in technology to support franchisees and the elderly people they were caring for. It was both innovative in a business and social sense and its innovations could be adapted by franchisors across the board”
Duncan Berry, chief operating officer of Bluebird Care commented:
“We are thrilled that Bluebird Care has won this award, we continue to invest in new technology to support our franchisees and their businesses, most recently launching our new staff guide app and the PASSsystem”
Bluebird Care’s Fiona Williams scoops Inspirational Woman in Franchising Award
Fiona Williams, Bluebird Care’s director of operations, has won the Inspirational Woman in Franchising Award at the 7th NatWest Encouraging Woman into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.
The awards ceremony and drinks reception took place on Tuesday 16th May in Bishopsgate London and included inspirational keynote speaker Melody Hossaini. The awards bring together women in franchising, celebrating their achievements and contributions they have made to the franchising industry.
EWIF’s goal is to inspire and support woman who are already in the franchising industry or considering franchising. The organisation is run by volunteers within the franchise industry and offer a number of services to their members.
Speaking after the awards ceremony Clive Sawyer, CEO of EWIF commented:
“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.”
This year’s awards featured 9 categories, with Fiona nominated as a finalist in two categories; Inspirational Woman in Franchising and Overall Woman in Franchising.
The Inspirational Woman in Franchising Award recognises the most inspirational woman involved in franchising and was open to Woman franchisors, franchisees and service providers.
Reflecting on her win, Fiona said:
“I am overwhelmed to have received this award, it is a privilege to be recognised as an inspirational woman within the franchising industry, each award category had so many strong finalists so I am thrilled to be given this award. I get up every morning and I feel driven to go into work and be a champion for what’s best in our industry. I hope that this achievement gives everyone in my network a great boost and I hope I can continue to inspire everyone around me.”
Celebrating Fiona’s achievement, Duncan Berry, COO of Bluebird Care commented:
“We are thrilled Fiona has been recognised by EWIF in awarding her the Inspirational Woman in Franchising Award. Fiona is extremely passionate in everything she does, whether that is supporting our franchise network or contributing to positive changes within the care sector.”
We are thrilled that Fiona’s latest achievement and her hard work and dedication to the care sector has been recognised by the EWIF awards.