Chosen on the basis of their company culture, franchisee support, innovative practices and ethics, the companies represent a variety of sectors and sizes, ranging from established global franchises like McDonalds to smaller, younger franchises like delivery service Diamond logistics.

The winners will be chosen by a panel of industry experts – including Nicola Broadhurst from Stevens & Bolton, Euan Fraser of AMO Consulting and Stuart Walsh from Franchise Finance – and announced on June 23 in Nottingham.

The full list of finalists is:

bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year 2016Driver Hire Nationwide
Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA)
Home Instead Senior Care
McDonald’s Restaurants
Minster Cleaning Services
Rainbow International
Water Babies

Emerging Franchisor of the Year (five years or less in franchising)
Diamond Logistics
Heritage Healthcare
Franchisee Recruitment Award

Home Instead Senior Care
Premier Sport
TaxAssist Accountants

Award for Innovation
McDonald’s Restaurants
X-Press Legal Services

Customer Focus Award
Dream Doors

Andy Brattesani, UK head of franchising for HSBC, said: “Such a day naturally challenges concentration levels, reading entries all day is hard work (don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me). But the quality of the applications and the enthusiasm that came out of the written words ensured I was captivated throughout. I can’t wait to hear more at the judging from some great businesses.”

Pip Wilkins, who takes over as bfa’s chief executive in April, added: “It’s particularly pleasing to see the variety of businesses expanding through franchising represented, reflecting the range of operators in UK franchising. Our finalists should be very proud to have been recognised for their exceptional performance.”