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Mike Goddard to remain Chairman of bfa until 2010

The Belvoir franchise recently announced that the British Franchise Association (bfa) has appointed Mike Goddard, CEO and founder of Belvoir, to continue serving as its Chairman for the next two years.

“I am delighted to accept this appointment for a further two years, which is something that has never happened before in the history of the bfa,” says Mike, who was originally appointed as Chairman in February 2008. The prestigious bfa Chairmanship is usually for a one year term of office, but Mike was voted into office for a second one year term in early 2009 and in a further vote of confidence the Board recently asked him to stay on until the end of 2010 in order to see through an important new phase in the industry’s history.

“I have been asked to stay on for this additional period to see through the ‘One Vision’ strategy that we are developing,” explains Mike. “‘One Vision’ is something that I am passionate about. It aims to promote awareness of franchising to the general public, which is very important and also to ensure that the bfa is representative of everyone involved in the franchising industry, including franchisees, their staff, suppliers and industry experts - not just the franchisors.

“I have a team of 14 highly competent and enthusiastic Board members to help me achieve this objective and I am delighted to have the opportunity to influence the future of franchising in the UK. I am also very pleased to be able to continue working with the Director General, Brian Smart and his team at the bfa’s Head Office in Oxford, as well as our President, Sir Bernard Ingam.

“The contribution of franchising to the UK economy is more than 12 billion pounds, and there are more than 22,000 franchise owners in the bfa, which is huge. The fact that the Board of the bfa has asked me to continue as its Chairman for the next two years is very exciting.”

Mike launched Belvoir as a franchise company in 1995 and there are now close to 150 offices nationwide. (kbp)


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