Busylizzy Franchise, Katherine Ainslie Winner – Great British Franchisee

The Great British Franchisee Awards focuses on the people who have made UK franchising a success. They recognise the outstanding performance of franchisees, regardless of the size of their business or the sector they work in.

The winners of the first ever round of the Great British Franchisee Awards 2021 have been announced and we are delighted to share that Katherine Ainslie, owner of Busylizzy in Richmond & Twickenham has been recognised. Judged by a prestigious judging panel of industry experts, all the winners demonstrated what it takes to be Great British Franchisees.

The judging panel consisted of Suki Dehal – Lloyds Bank, Head of Franchising, Aman Nirwal – BDO, Senior Key Account Manager Franchising, Euan Fraser – AMO Consulting, and Derrick Simpson, Companion of the British Franchise Association.

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing all the applications and it has been so refreshing to see how all sizes of businesses from various sectors have coped and adapted their business in response to not only Covid-19 but looking at sustainable growth and business resilience for many years to come. It was great to see so many applications and from a cross section of franchisees too,” Aman Nirwal, BDO.

We are delighted with the number of high-quality franchisees who entered the awards. The winners all demonstrated what it takes to be Great British Franchisees,” Johnny Sellyn, whichfranchise.

Katherine has demonstrated how she launched and grew her business, tackled the pandemic to maintain profitability throughout, managed her team to keep morale high and provided community support in and around Richmond & Twickenham.

Julie Clabby, Busylizzy founder said “I’m really pleased Katherine has been recognised as an award winning franchise owner. Katherine runs a brilliant business for the local families in and around Richmond. She is a regular top performer amongst her network of peers and has demonstrated great commercial acumen running her business locally, online and profitably throughout the pandemic too. A very worthy winner, congratulations Katherine!

Katherine added, “I’m delighted and honoured to be one of the first recipients of the Great British Franchisee awards. I feel that the award reflects the hard work put in not just by myself, but also by the wider Busylizzy team including central team and support staff, other franchisees and instructors for the way everyone pulled together to help each other get through the last difficult year and adapt the Busylizzy model to be even stronger than before by giving our members even greater flexibility and choice of classes.