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Sir Bernard Ingham retires as president of the British Franchise Association

The British Franchise Association (bfa) announced recently that Sir Bernard Ingham has stepped down as its President after 18 years in the role. The announcement was made during the bfa’s Annual Conference held at the end of June.

Commenting on his role as president, Sir Bernard said, "In my 18 years as president I have seen the bfa grow greatly in strength and confidence. The latest development is the clearest possible example of this – the appointment of franchisees to take part in the governance of the bfa and the creation of the opportunity for them to elect their own representatives on the board. I do not think this would have been possible 18 years ago, if indeed anyone had then thought of moving in that direction. Now it means that the bfa is manifestly engaging with the franchising community as a whole - franchisors, associates in a variety of professions and services and franchisees."

The bfa’s Director General, Brian Smart, gave a moving speech in tribute, saying, “We’re all very sorry to see Sir Bernard retire. He’s been one of franchising’s greatest ambassadors for many years and has had a major impact on the industry, the bfa and those of us lucky enough to have worked closely with him.” (kbp)

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