Gold for sale – Agency Express wins Franchisor of the Year

Provider of professional estate agency board services, Agency Express, has been given the top spot across all industries, at the 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards.

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Agency Express, the UK’s only nationwide estate agency board service provider, has won Gold Franchisor of the Year at the 2023 BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards.

Founded in 1998 by experienced estate agent, Stephen Watson, the company has a network of 113 franchisees spanning from Inverness to Penzance. They erect, maintain and store residential and commercial advertising boards for more than 7,500 estate agency branches, which is claimed to be 60% of the market.

Ben Brookes - Agency Express - imageThe award ceremony, often referred to as the ‘Oscars of the franchising world’, was held at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham on 9th November 2023.

Commenting on their win, Managing Director, Ben Brookes (pictured left) said: “To win this award means absolutely everything to us. The culmination of the tireless hard work from the Agency Express network and HQ team, we are truly overwhelmed to be recognised by the BFA as the best in the business.”

Best in UK franchising

Pip Wilkins, Chief Executive of the BFA, added: “Our huge congratulations to Agency Express, on this tremendous win. We had some fantastic entries this year but theirs really stood out from the crowd. We would like to thank them for being such great ambassadors for the BFA and for representing the very best in UK franchising.”

UK Head of Franchise, Commercial Banking at HSBC Bank, Gillian Morris, said on the night: “The diversity of franchising on display at tonight’s awards ceremony – across so many brands and sectors – demonstrates the strength and reach of the industry.  Choosing a winner is never easy and I’d like to join Pip in thanking everyone who entered and send our warm congratulations to Agency Express on this very well-deserved award.”

Founded in 1977 and with a strapline of ‘Discover Your Tomorrow’ the BFA (British Franchise Association), is the hub of franchising in the UK. The association strives to showcase the opportunities for businesses and individuals to transform their lives through franchising, whilst also providing an educational space and accreditations, governed by their high standards and a code of ethics.

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