FCA award winners revealed

By Sarah Stowe | 17 Oct 2018 View comments

Hire A Hubby has scored a hat trick at the national awards night celebrating franchising excellence.

The handyman franchise was named Established Franchisor of the Year, and two of the franchisee awards were scooped up by the brand's franchisees.

Hire A Hubby fought off competition from Battery World, The Coffee Club, Mister Minit, MBCM Strata Specialists and The Leather Doctor to take the coveted brand award.

Regional winners in NSW/ACT, Jim Kelly and Crystal Petzer, took home the prized title of Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year.

Kelly said success was due to the "passion  we have to go out every day to do what we do. We've got a great franchisor and a great brand we love."

Petzer added "Part of our success has been the processes we use at Hire A Hubby."

Fellow franchisee Cairns-based Russell Hampton was named the Single Unit Franchisee of the Year, two or more staff.

"The Hire A Hubby family has been sensational," he said.

In the MYOB FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards 2018 the national winner for Single Unit Franchisee of the Year, less than two staff, was EFM Health Clubs' Glen Camiade, and he echoed the importance of passion in running a business.

"It's not a challenge, it's a passion," he said.

The award for Australian Emerging Franchisor of the Year went to the Laser Clinics Australia franchise.

And for Anytime Fitness, being named the International Franchisor of the Year [for a brand developed overseas but operating in Australia] was particularly sweet, coming 10 years to the day after the chain opened its first Australian club.

A perennial award winner, Boost Juice again took home a couple of awards, this year for Excellence in International Franchising, and for Excellence in Franchise Innovation.

Inspirations Paints was named the national winner for Excellence in Marketing.

Poolwerx was a double winner too. The brand walked away as the national winner for Franchisor Social Responsibility, and Stephen Halls' strong performance secured him the title of Field Manager of the Year.

Kate Thomson of ANZ Mobile Lending outshone the competition to win the Franchise Woman of the Year title.

The Franchisee Community Responsibility and Contribution award went to Bendigo Bank in North Perth.

HR Central was named Supplier of the Year.

Michael Paul, the founder of Pack & Send, and an active contributor to the franchising sector and a former chair of the FCA, was rewarded with a place on the Hall of Fame.