By Claire West
Gerald Thompson of McDonald’s in Manchester and Oldham was last night crowned 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year, supported by Express Newspapers.
One of 16 exceptional finalists, Gerald was praised for the outstanding success of his franchise alongside his tireless support and dedication to local community projects.
2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards
oGold award — Gerald Thompson, McDonald’s (Manchester and Oldham)
oSilver award — Frank Sutherland, Autosmart (Aberdeenshire)
oBronze award — Peter Morrison, Granite Transformations (Cambridge)
Gerald Thompson of McDonald’s commented on winning: “I feel extremely proud to be named the 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year. It’s a great honour and one which I couldn’t have achieved without the great support of my team.”
Alongside his work, Gerald continues to be involved with a number of local youth football teams through sponsorship, contributes to local prison programmes and proactively engages with young people on the streets of Manchester and Oldham, getting involved with activities such as the Midnight Basketball Initiative.
Gerald added: [i]“I’m dedicated to the community activity I do, not just because it helps me in my day-to-day job but because it helps the local community get something more from life. It gives me tremendous satisfaction to see some of the kids I’ve met on the street become respectful and respected individuals with some becoming valued employees at my restaurants.”
Cathryn Hayes, Head of Franchising, HSBC, commented: “There were some truly inspirational franchisee nominations this year so choosing the winners was very challenging. It demonstrates to me that British enterprise is alive and well, even in these tough times. All 16 finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved through their endeavour and hard work. On behalf of HSBC, I congratulate each of the winners and look forward to hearing about their continued success.”
Brian Smart, Director General, British Franchise Association (bfa), commented: “The winners of the 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year have excelled in so many ways and are a credit to themselves and the franchise industry. They have shown innovation, creativity and a relentless pursuit of excellence making them all inspirational examples of best practice.
“Gerald is an exceptional individual showing unbelievable character and belief throughout his career and is deserving of the prestigious title, 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year.”
Ben Nealon, Classified Advertising Manager, Express Newspapers, commented: “The calibre of franchisees in the UK for this year’s awards was once again tremendous. Every winner has used their initiative and broadened their marketing strategies as part of a successful franchise. I’d like to congratulate them all for their dedication to their franchise and wish them every success in the future.”
Gold, silver and bronze award winners were selected from the five regional winners who all demonstrated unique qualities in their field.
London and the South East
oGuy Whittaker, Dairy Crest
oFrank Sutherland, Autosmart
oPeter Morrison, Granite Transformations
oGerald Thompson, McDonald’s
The South West and South Wales
oNick Bourne, Cash Generator
For further information, visit www.thebfa.org or call the bfa on 01235 820 470. — should this be in, covered in notes to editors?