FASA Award Winners 2007
The prestigious FASA Awards for Excellence in Franchising are presented annually since 1990. Year after year since their inception, they have recognised those men and women who have made notable contributions to the growth of franchising and small business.
The winners and runner-up for 2007 were named at a gala dinner held at Caesar’s Palace last Thursday. They were:
Franchisor of the Year:
King Pie. The company operates over 300 outlets located nationally and internationally. The judges were especially impressed by the fact that the company consistently produces solid financial results.
King Pie’s CEO Edmund Ritson said that by offering various business models, the company was able to help individuals from all walks of life to operate businesses of their own without being alone.
Finalists in this category were Ola Milky Lane and Sasol.
Romans Pizza. Arthur Nicolakakis founded the business in 1993; today, 81 pizza outlets operate successfully under this brand in a highly-contested market.
Finalists in this category were Auto Magic and Auto-Mate Service Centres. This shows that the services sector makes strong inroads, and indicates future trends.
Franchisee of the Year:
Elana van Tonder, Cafe® Dulce in Somerset West. Elana is used to winning ‘ she is also the brand’s reigning franchisee.
Finalists in this category were Chantel Labuschagne of MSC College Queenstown; Lorraine Schuit of Ola Milky Lane Pavilion, Durban; Julian Buckmaster, RealNet Centurion.
Once again, Hot Dog Cafe® was named Leading Developer of Emerging Entrepreneurs and Scooters Pizza became Brandbuilder of the Year. Craig MacKenzie, the managing director of the Retsol Group, was recognised as the franchise personality of the year for furthering the interests of franchising.
After congratulating the winners and runners-up on their achievements, FASA chairman Kobus Oosthuizen pointed out that franchising is ideally suited to help address South Africa’s economic problems by creating opportunities for entrepreneurship with a safety net as well as much-needed jobs. Moreover, franchising is ideally suited to the implementation of sustainable BEE initiatives.