Headquartered in Darlington, home healthcare support provider, Heritage Healthcare, has been named Emerging Franchisor of the Year at the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards 2017.

Headed up by husband and wife duo, Glenn and Sally Pickersgill, Michelle Fenwick QFP and Amanda Jackson, the company was recognised for demonstrating a strong business infrastructure, designed to grow steadily and sustainably using the franchise model.

Founded in Darlington in 2008, Heritage Healthcare became a franchisor in 2012 and is a trusted provider of expert homecare for all ages, ensuring individuals can continue living in their own homes and communities. Heritage Healthcare now has 16 franchisees across the UK.

The Emerging Franchisor of the Year Award celebrates franchisors that have been trading for under five years and demonstrate how they are building the foundations for success.

Family-run Heritage Healthcare beat two finalists in this category, including Oxford-based landscaping business, New Driveway Company, and Surrey-based vaping retailer Vapestore.

Michelle Fenwick, Director at Heritage Healthcare, commented: ““We are overwhelmed and absolutely delighted. It is great that people can see what we have achieved and that helps reinforce the belief our franchisees have in us. It shows them that we really mean business and are wholly invested in the homecare industry and successful franchising.”

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa said: “Heritage Healthcare’s achievement is truly inspiring and as judges, we couldn’t help but notice the team’s dedication and resilience. We are excited to see how the business grows and shapes itself in the near future.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, added: “All finalists in this category were exceptional and therefore selecting the winner was a difficult decision. I was genuinely impressed by Heritage Healthcare and wish the team further success as they grow their business.”

For more information on the winners, visit: http://www.thebfa.org/news/bfa-news/winners-announced-at-the-bfa-hsbc-franchise-awards-2017

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