##Former bfa Chairman and Olympic Gold Medallist Reward Premier Sport Franchisees For Business Success
Former bfa Chairman and successful franchisor, Melvin Lusty, joined Olympic Gold Medallist and Businessman, Duncan Goodhew MBE, in the stunning surroundings of Dunston Hall Golf & Country Club, to celebrate the successes of more than 100 Premier Sport franchisees.

This annual event brings together franchisees from all four corners of the country to not only celebrate success of the past 12 months, but also learn and impart knowledge with fellow business owners to ensure the next 12 months will be even more successful.

Joining the network of franchisees was more than 20 head office staff members and external experts in areas of business, finance, product development and sales. All of whom provided franchisees with new and informative strategies which they can use within their business.
A highlight and proof the franchise model works was the induction of three new members into the Premier Sport ‘500 Club’. This award is presented for those turning over in excess of £500,000 in the previous business year. However, equally as pleasing was to present eight ‘250 Club’ and 29 ‘100 Club’ franchisees, with recognition of their achievements and business growth.“2014 has been a great year for our network, with significant growth across all areas of the country. Whilst this is obviously pleasing, it also demonstrates that more young people than ever before are gaining access to even more high quality sport and physical activity,” commented David Batch CEO.

As well as the ‘Club’ awards there was also recognition for those that have excelled in specific areas of their business, these included:

* Dan Harris and Emma Robson (Chesterfield & Sheffield) - Premier Performing Arts New Business Award (pictured right with Duncan Goodhew MBE)
* Tony Life (Essex) - Golden Mile Newly Activated Schools Award
* Michael Barwick, Katy York and Sam Newman - Activity Professionals Excellence Award
* Danny Bloomfield (Kent & Suffolk) - Community Engagement Award

To round off a successful National Training Event (NTE) there were awards for the Premier Sport ‘Newcomer of the Year’ and the prestigious ‘Franchise of the Year’ awards. The winners in these categories were:

* Matt Ewer (Ruby and Nuneaton) - 2014 Newcomer of the Year
* James Jennison & Andrew Mellors (Derby) - 2014 Franchisee of the Year pictured right with Melvin Lusty)

Following the event, Matt Ewer commented: “From the perspective of a franchisee who owns multiple territories and is very keen to own and run a sizeable business, the recent NTE was two days very well spent. It is clear that Premier Education Group are focused on developing a structure and organisation that will support business owners to leverage their time and efforts in building a team and generating substantial ROI.

I came away from the two days fired up, inspired to be a part of a passionate and driven organisation that is forever moving forward and embraces change to the extent that it leads our Industry. I’m excited about what the future holds.”