Embracing Change at Auditel's 16th National Conference

The most highly attended and successful Auditel National Conference ever, took place at Whittlebury Hall Hotel, near Towcester, on October 29, in the presence of over 150 Auditel Consultants. Its theme was Embracing Change.

Managing Director Chris Allison reported: “Today, we celebrate another year of growth and success in our network for a seventh year in a row. We are the only knowledge-based business in the franchise industry to achieve this. With this growth, our turnover has grown steadily and increased by over 150% since 2007 and by year-end, we would expect to have over 3,500 clients. The collaborative nature of Auditel has allowed us to make quantum leaps forward and as long as we embrace change with courage, careful planning and action, our futures will be secure.

For the second year in a row, Auditel was shortlisted for the bfa’s Franchisor of the Year awards. Last year, we were one of eight shortlisted for Franchisor of the Year and this year, one of six shortlisted for Best Franchisee Support. Given that there are over 900 franchisors in the UK, we are delighted with these accolades. We are the only white-collar franchise to be nominated for two consecutive years. For the third year in a row, we were finalists in the Franchise Marketing Awards. We came second in the Best Franchisee Marketing Support and third for the Best Website.”

During the black-tie dinner, a number of awards were presented to those franchisees who had distinguished themselves during 2011. These included ‘Rising Star’ Awards, sponsored by BP&N presented to Mike and Luisa Keig; ‘Newcomer of the Year’ Award, sponsored by Welcome Telecom and presented to Stephen Sowerby; the ‘Tim Rix Memorial Award’, presented to Denis Brennan; the ‘Consultants Consultant Award’, sponsored by Alternative Route Finance and presented to Denis Sprague. The ‘Franchisee of the Year Award’, sponsored by EDF Energy, was presented to David Powell.

Chris Allison summed up the Conference and another momentous year: "Today’s agenda was crafted to provide you with ideas to move your businesses forward next year and inspire you to have the courage to embrace change. I am sure our workshops and key-note speakers will help you in preparing for 2012.”