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15th Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards

Franchise Association Of New Zealand Press Release

For Immediate Use

Two first time winners walk away with the top awards!

The highly contested Supreme Franchise System of the Year went to Columbus Coffee for their excellent application that comprehensively addressed all criteria items and demonstrated highly effective work systems, coupled with very sound leadership. The entry from Columbus was considered by the judges to have a strong focus on performance management, supported by a comprehensive suite of measures showing impressive levels of performance across all results areas.

Columbus Coffee, who joined the Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ) earlier in the year, was also awarded Food and Beverage Franchisor of the Year, sponsored by Franchise Accountants.

The Supreme Franchisee of the Year went to Fastway Couriers Franchisee, Tauranga CBD for their impressive application that covered all requirements and in particular reflected a very strong focus on meeting customers' needs, which were supported by very good business results.

The judges further commented that vibrant personality of the entrant, Bill Sampson, shone through both in the application itself and in the endorsements supporting the application.

Fastway Couriers Franchisee, Tauranga, CBD also won the title of best Business Services Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Snap Printing New Zealand.

The Awards dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Auckland and attended by 260 members of FANZ and their guests on 14th November, showcased outstanding performers.

Guest of Honour, the Hon Simon Power, Minister of Commerce, congratulated the entrants and award winners for their contribution to an important sector of the economy with franchising representing over $14billion dollars in turnover and providing employment for more than 100,000 people.

Estelle Logan, Chairman of FANZ, said, "These events such are important, as they recognise excellence by honouring those members of the Association who have demonstrated “best practice” in franchising, whether as franchisors, franchisees or as service providers to the franchise community".

Head judge and CEO of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, Mike Watson, commented: "The judges were impressed by the commitment to customer service and the entrepreneurial spirit and leadership being displayed by all applicants. The evaluation and judging process provides a valuable oversight of the health of the industry and the great things being achieved. In spite of the challenging economic climate the sector is continuing to evolve and grow".

The 15th Westpac New Zealand Franchise Award Winners:

Westpac Franchisee of the Year - Fastway Couriers Franchisee, Tauranga CBD
Westpac Franchisee of the Year - Columbus Coffee

Service Provider Award sponsored by Westpac - The Franchise Coach, Auckland
Master Franchisee Award sponsored by Westpac - VIP Home Services, Kican Holdings Ltd, Bay of Plenty
Media Campaign of the Year sponsored by The New Zealand Herald - Mr Rental New Zealand

Business Services Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Snap Printing New Zealand - Fastway Couriers Franchisee, Tauranga CBD
Business Services Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Snap Printing New Zealand - Paramount Franchise Systems Ltd
Food & Beverage Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Franchise Accountants - The Coffee Club Café Bar and Restaurant, Sylvia Park, Auckland
Food & Beverage Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Franchise Accountants - Columbus Coffee
Home Services Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Franchise NZ magazine & website - VIP Home Services, Enterprise Le Moigne, Auckland
Home Services Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Franchise NZ magazine & website - Exceed Maintenance
Retail Services Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by The Franchise Coach - Carpet One Counties, TNT Morrison, Franklin
Retail Services Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by The Franchise Coach - MINIT New Zealand Ltd (Mister MINIT)


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