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Irish Franchise Association announces the finalists for Irish Franchise Awards 2008

The Irish Franchise Association recently announced the names of the finalists for this year’s Franchise Awards. The Awards, sponsored by Ulster Bank, reward outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the growth and development of the franchise industry in Ireland. The winners of the Irish Franchise Awards are to be announced at a formal black-tie awards ceremony at the Conrad Hotel, Dublin, this Thursday (20 November 2008).

The awards have been divided up into six different categories. Those short-listed are as follows:

Finalists for ‘Franchise of the Year 2008 (Retail)’ are Abrakebabra Investments, O’Briens Sandwich Bars and The Streat.

Finalists for ‘Franchise of the Year 2008 (Service)’ are Fastway Couriers, Chem-Dry Ireland Ltd and Home Instead.

Finalists for ‘Franchisee of the Year 2008 (Retail and Service)’ are Derek O’Dwyer from Mentor Action Ltd, Piers White from, John Walsh and Pat O’Dwyer from The Docklands Partnership, John Sullivan from O’Briens Sandwich Bar IFSC Dublin and John Dawson from Snap Printing Sir John Rogersons Quay.

Finalists for ‘Best Emerging Franchise 2008’ are Chick King, The Streat and Kids Party Club.

Finalists for ‘Franchise Person of the Year 2008’ are David Zebedee of Abrakebabra Investments and John Green of Chem-Dry Ireland Ltd.

Orna Stokes, Senior Manager, Specialist Sectors, Ulster Bank said, “Ulster Bank is delighted to be sponsoring the Irish Franchise Awards which recognise creativity, drive and commitment to excellence in franchising. Congratulations to all the finalists who have shown great enterprise and innovation against the backdrop of a more competitive and challenging market environment. On its Silver Jubilee, we would also like to recognise the great work done by the Irish Franchise Association in encouraging and supporting the growth of franchising across Ireland.” (kbp)

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