We’re celebrating again… and it’s only March! Craig Bishop, Snap-on franchisee for North Dorset, has been shortlisted for a national business award. Hand-picked by a panel of judges, the young entrepreneur is now in the running to win the title of the British Franchise Association’s ‘Young Franchisee of the Year’.

“To be a finalist is fantastic. I don’t come from a family of business owners and I didn’t have a background in the tool trade. My success is down to sheer hard work and the fact that I love what I do! I give it my all and all I know is, it’s really paying off.”

In the latest bfa Natwest survey, it was reported that franchising contributed over £17billion to the UK economy in 2018. Sponsored by HSBC, the awards recognise the very best franchised businesses in the country, celebrating consistent growth, innovation and exceptional customer service. Craig ticked all the boxes!

Craig launched his franchise in 2017 at just 30 years old, after a career working as a marine electrician. Since then, he’s gone from strength-to-strength, building a business that he, and his customers love. From his custom-built Snap-on mobile store, Craig sells the most sought-after tools in the industry and delivers outstanding customer service to technicians across North Dorset.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association said: “Craig’s dedication and driven approach is very impressive. He wants to be the best and is hungry for success… and the results since starting the franchise speak for themselves.”

One of the judges, Head of Franchising at HSBC, Andrew Brattesani, said he was impressed by Craig’s achievements in the last year and also commended his recent internal award win with Snap-on: “Craig has really hit the ground running. His tireless energy has really helped spark life into his franchise, hence he is currently the top performing new franchisee!”

Thanks to his drive and determination to succeed, Craig was named Best UK Rookie (franchisees who have been operating for less than two years) at our National Franchise Conference in January. He’s now got his sights set firmly on future growth and even plans to bring in girlfriend, Amy, to run the business alongside him.

“We’re so proud of Craig,” said Lisa Law, Snap-on’s National Franchise Manager. “He’s a shining example of what happens when someone who is prepared to work hard has big dreams and embraces what it means to be part of a franchise network. It’s clear that Craig is going to be a star in Snap-on for many years to come!”

Winners of the HSBC bfa Franchisee of the Year Awards 2019 will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony that will take place at The VOX, in Birmingham, in June. Craig says that, whilst winning would be an amazing achievement, he’s already thrilled to have gotten this far!

“I’m over the moon to have been shortlisted for such a big award. It’s really humbling to have been chosen as a finalist from hundreds of other business owners across the country. I work hard and always try to put my customers first so being recognised this way means a lot,”

Interested in following in Craig’s footsteps? Send us your details here and we’ll contact you for an informal chat about what being a Snap-on franchisee is all about.