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Twenty-three franchises and 30 franchisees have been shortlisted for’s second Top Franchise Awards celebrating the best family friendly franchisors and franchisees.  Kathy Doolan, Founder and MD of Rhythm Time music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, is proud to announce that she has been shortlisted in the Supportive Franchisor Award category for the Workingmums Awards 2017.


"This is such an accolade for us as I am passionate about encouraging talented women into franchising and providing a rewarding, flexible career that fits around their family," says Kathy.


"We have worked very hard to ensure that our franchisees receive all the support they need to be able to run their successful, fun and financially rewarding music franchisebusinesses. All of our franchisees have family and other lifestyle commitments outside of their work, so, as Franchisor, it's my responsibility to ensure that all my franchisees are supported in the best way in order for them to enjoy a genuinely rewarding work/life blend," she adds.


Laura Barker and Fiona Haining, Rhythm Time Franchisees for Aberdeen and Newcastle, have also been shortlisted for the ‘Franchisee of the Year Award 2017’.


The Awards, sponsored by HSBC and in partnership with Forward Ladies, recognise franchisors both big and small who have empowered women in business – not only by providing a successful flexible business model, but by giving franchisees the advice and support they need to succeed. There is also an award celebrating the achievements of franchisees which is voted for by the public.


The 2017 Top Franchise Awards winners will be announced on 16th May 2017 and will be judged by Kendall Braddock, Franchise Director of HSBC Bank plc, franchise law expert Amy Leite, Senior Associate at Pinney Talfourd LLP Solicitors, Griselda Togobo, Managing Director of Forward Ladies and Gillian Nissim, Founder of


Gillian Nissim, founder of, said: “The standard of this year’s entries is very impressive. The Top Franchise Awards perfectly complement our Top Employer Awards by highlighting flexible, supportive business models which allow those with caring needs to fulfil their potential. The best franchises offer both the benefits of self employment, but without some of the risks associated with striking out alone since franchisors have already demonstrated the viability of their business models.”


Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising at HSBC, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Top Franchise Awards and to support innovative family friendly franchises. HSBC has over 25 years’ experience in the franchise industry. Franchises offer the flexibility of self employment combined with a tried and tested business model. We hope that the Awards will provide a wealth of ideas and inspiration for all those looking to a future in franchising.”


For further information on Rhythm Time music franchise opportunities, visit or call 0121 711 4224.


Posted: 5th Apr 2017

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