Added on: 9th June, 2017 by Charlotte_33463
Local businessman, Karl Fox, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Franchisee Innovation category at the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2017.
Karl set up his first Premier Sport franchise in 1999, aged 18. Following a career in professional football with Cambridge United, Karl wanted to continue his passion and love for sport by owning a business that provided a platform to make a positive impact on children and their surrounding communities. Premier Sport is part of the Premier Education Group, which forms the sport and physical activity provider and runs curricular, extracurricular and holiday activities for both children and parents.
Karl is now a multi-franchise owner, operating in over 100 schools in the Norfolk and Hertfordshire areas, with approximately 22,500 pupils taking part in activity. In his younger years, Karl trained the likes of Arsenal and England international Jack Wilshere, and the success of his business has been celebrated throughout his franchising years – Karl has been named a top five franchisee by Premier Sport for the past 18 years.
Running for nearly 30 years, the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2017 celebrate franchisees across the nation that shows dedication, commitment and a passion for both their brand and the franchising industry.
Karl has showcased passion for the brand, and a clear understanding of Premier Sport's target market. Through innovation and new ideas, Karl has proved franchisees can make a real difference to a franchisor brand by researching and project managing the development of Premier Educations new health and wellbeing brand, Premier Transition. The introduction of Premier Transition will massively increase the customer base for all Premier Sport franchisees
Commenting on the award nomination Karl said: “It’s both an honour and a privilege to be shortlisted for this award. I'm very fortunate that my day job is to help inspire and motivate young people to live healthy and active lives. This nomination underpins the hard work that we have done and continue to do to ensure that the current and future generations are given the opportunity to grow and succeed.”
Pip Wilkins, CEO at the bfa said, “With so many inspirational stories from our members’ franchisees, it’s always a tough task to narrow it down to our 15 finalists. These outstanding business owners have so many different reasons for taking control of their business lives, and to hear the diversity in these stories is always so empowering. All of our finalists this year are an excellent example of how the franchisor’s collaborative approach, combined with the go-getting attitude of the franchisee, generates success at both individual and network levels.”
Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchise at HSBC, added, “Judging is a hard task at the best of times, which only becomes harder every year when the difference in best in class is paper thin. Each highlights how focus and drive, when supplemented by the support of a franchisor, results in the growth of a sustainable and profitable business. HSBC is delighted to play a pivotal role in meeting the financial challenges of this dynamic and important market sector.”
For more information and to see the shortlist in full, visit: www.thebfa.org/news/bfa-news/our-2017-bfa-hsbc-franchisee-of-the-year-finalists-have-been-revealed
To find out more about becoming a member, visit: www.thebfa.org/about-bfa/joining-the-bfa.