Franchise Council award winners revealed

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Automotive aftermarket repair franchise Rapid Tune has won a top award in the franchising sector, beating other finalists Chicken Treat, CouriersPlease, Pirtek Fluid Systems and RAMS Home Loans.

Rapid Tune was named the Australian Established Franchisor of the Year in the 2021 FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards, an annual event held by the Franchise Council of Australia.

Mark Rippon, CEO of Rapid Tune, said, “We’re so rapt to have won the award.”

Franchisees had been adaptable and tenacious, facing up to the challenges of the pandemic, he said.

“Their ability to adjust and adapt was absolutely incredible and it made me proud to be an Australian businessperson. That goes for the whole team at Rapid Tune as well, who really put in a strong effort and pulled together.”

Rapid Tune has outlets throughout Melbourne and Queensland. Servicing and repairing all makes and models, with many highly experienced & qualified motor mechanics. We are certain to meet all of your automotive needs.

Home Caring was named the Australian Emerging Franchisor of the Year, the in-home seniors and disability care provider outshining City Cave and Fitstop Australia in the category.

Logistics was a big winner on the night with some double wins: InXpress won the International Franchisor of the Year Award and Brisbane franchisee Bev Taylor scooped the award for Single Unit Franchisee, less than two staff; CouriersPlease picked up both the Excellence in Franchise Innovation and Franchisor Social Responsibility Awards.

Phil Colburn of Poolwerx was a back-to-back winner, taking out the Field Manager of the Year award two years running.

ANZ Mobile Lending was successful in two franchisee category awards: Alex McRae of ANZ Mobile Lending – Drummoyne, Balmain, Burwood was named Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year; David Sulava and Janet Mu of ANZ Mobile Lending in Flemington won the award for Single Unit Franchisee, two or more staff.

The event, designed to showcase brilliant franchisees, revealed how the finalists and winners had withstood the testing times of COVID, Franchise Council of Australia CEO, Mary Aldred said.

“In one of the most difficult economic environments ever experienced by Australian business, the resilience, adaptability and determination that has been demonstrated by all Awards finalists and winners is truly outstanding,” Aldred said.

“We congratulate them of them for their persistence and achievements during an extraordinarily challenging time and commend each and every hard-working franchisee and franchisor across Australia for the for their vital contributions to employment, the economy and communities across the nation.”

This story first appeared on our sister publication Inside Franchise Business