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McDonald’s takes top award

Gerald Thompson of McDonald’s in Manchester and Oldham has been crowned 2010 British Franchise Association HSBC Franchisee of the Year.

One of 16 finalists, Thompson was praised for the outstanding success of his franchise, and his tireless support and dedication to local community projects.

The Silver award went to Autosmart franchisee Frank Sutherland, while Peter Morrison of Granite Transformations took bronze,

“I feel extremely proud to be named the 2010 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year,” says Thompson. “It’s a great honour and one which I couldn’t have achieved without the great support of my team.”

Thompson continues to be involved with a number of local youth football teams through sponsorship, contributes to local prison programmes and engages with young people on the streets of Manchester and Oldham, getting involved with activities such as the Midnight Basketball Initiative.

He adds: “I’m dedicated to the community activity I do, not just because it helps me in my day-to-day job, but because it helps the local community get something more from life.

“It gives me tremendous satisfaction to see some of the kids I’ve met on the street become respectful and respected individuals, with some becoming valued employees at my restaurants.”

Brian Smart, director general of the bfa, says: “The winners of the 2010 Franchisee of the Year have excelled in so many ways and are a credit to themselves and the franchise industry. They have shown innovation, creativity and a relentless pursuit of excellence, making them all inspirational examples of best practice.

“Gerald is an exceptional individual showing unbelievable character and belief throughout his career and is deserving of the prestigious title.”

Cathryn Hayes, head of franchising at HSBC, says: “There were some truly inspirational franchisee nominations this year, so choosing the winners was very challenging. It demonstrates to me that British enterprise is alive and well, even in these tough times.

“All 16 finalists should be very proud of what they have achieved through their endeavour and hard work. On behalf of HSBC, I congratulate each of the winners and look forward to hearing about their continued success.”

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