Topfranchise Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 topfranchise award winners brought to you by SEEK Business and 10 THOUSAND FEET Research. Below are the 2017 topfranchise award winners by category as rated by their franchisees.

Overall

The top 10 Overall franchises

Ranking Overall (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Gutter-Vac  79 86 91%
2 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  314 84 45%
3 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  68 77 76%
4 Mister Minit  204 77 61%
5 Soul Origin  77 75 65%
6 Kwik Kopy  93 75 56%
7 Snooze  88 72 46%
8 Mrs Fields  46 70 55%
9 Cafe2U  149 69 60%
10 Bridgestone Select  174 69 39%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

The award for Overall Best Franchise only goes to the cream of the crop, the absolute best Franchisors that Australia has to offer.

To be among the overall best performers, you need to perform consistently well in nearly every category, outperforming rivals in the support you offer, the lifestyle you enable your franchisees to have, the passion you have and inspire for your industry, and the opportunities you grant. In addition, you need to satisfy your franchisees through a strong brand with a clear marketing message and provide marketing support at a franchise wide and localised level.

When a franchisor places well in the Overall ratings, it shows that they are not only one of the best franchisors in Australia, but that they have satisfied franchisees, people who are comfortable resting their livelihood and future in the hands of this franchisor.

If you are considering opening a franchise in the future, you can be confident that if you deal with one of the following Overall Top Ten franchisors, you will be getting one of the best opportunities possible.
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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

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Smartline Mortgage Advisers Franchise

Smartline is a multi award winning mortgage broking advisory business. Our client care program matches the needs of a client with the best available lending products provided by a panel of +27 Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions. These lenders pay Smartline brokers both an upfront commission and a trailing commission for the introduction of new borrowers. The trailing commission prov... Read More

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Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses Franchise

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is an Aussie story 115 years in the making. Starting in Melbourne in 1901, the Ferguson & Plarre families rose to bakery fame thanks to their enduring commitment to quality, quality that has seen them serving cakes to Queen of England and even the President of the United States. Today, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is still a family owned and operated business and... Read More

Brand

The top 10 Brand franchises

Ranking Brand (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Gutter-Vac  79 85 91%
2 Snooze  88 82 46%
3 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  68 82 76%
4 Bridgestone Select  174 81 39%
5 Mister Minit  204 78 61%
6 Kwik Kopy  93 77 56%
7 The Cheesecake Shop  183 76 75%
8 Snap-on Tools  156 75 43%
9 Cafe2U  149 74 60%
10 Chatime  75 73 84%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

For most people looking at buying franchises for sale, Brand is King. For existing franchisees brand remains an important element and the winners of this award have been rated highly in a number of areas by their franchisees. It is worthwhile keeping in mind that a strong brand helps when you are starting out as a franchisee. The public already know the name and if care has been taken to be consistent in advertising and marketing, the public will have a very clear picture about what you will offer and what makes the brand different to other offers.

A strong brand will not only help in converting potential customers to buying from you as a franchisee, but will also be effective in driving sales to your business whether that is through advertising or through a strong and well thought out website.

If you are looking at various franchises for sale ask about the pulling power of their brand.

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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

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Snooze Franchise

Snooze has been giving Australians a better night's sleep for more than 30 years - and with more than 70 franchises Australia wide it has most bedrooms covered. Snooze is constantly travelling to research the latest bedroom trends and introduce more innovative and technologically advanced products to its range, while also stocking well-known brands including Madison, Slumberland, Sealy, Post... Read More

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Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses Franchise

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is an Aussie story 115 years in the making. Starting in Melbourne in 1901, the Ferguson & Plarre families rose to bakery fame thanks to their enduring commitment to quality, quality that has seen them serving cakes to Queen of England and even the President of the United States. Today, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is still a family owned and operated business and... Read More

Expansion

The top 10 Expansion franchises

Ranking Expansion (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Gutter-Vac  79 77 91%
2 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  314 76 45%
3 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  68 74 76%
4 Soul Origin  77 72 65%
5 The Coffee Guy  22 71 64%
6 RE/MAX Australia  77 68 42%
7 Kwik Kopy  93 66 56%
8 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 65 76%
9 Mrs Fields  46 64 55%
10 Magic Hand Carwash  49 62 79%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

By setting up a franchise business, you are seizing an opportunity to potentially grow into nearby locations alongside your franchise. This category indicates how open a franchisor is, and how effective they are at helping you take advantage of new opportunities for you to expand your business or take on multiple locations.

When considering franchise opportunities, if you are weighing up the ability to expand and grow, ask the franchisor their policy on owning and supporting multiple locations. In a mature franchise business ask how easy it will be to purchase existing locations that are near to your territory.

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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

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Smartline Mortgage Advisers Franchise

Smartline is a multi award winning mortgage broking advisory business. Our client care program matches the needs of a client with the best available lending products provided by a panel of +27 Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions. These lenders pay Smartline brokers both an upfront commission and a trailing commission for the introduction of new borrowers. The trailing commission prov... Read More

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Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses Franchise

Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is an Aussie story 115 years in the making. Starting in Melbourne in 1901, the Ferguson & Plarre families rose to bakery fame thanks to their enduring commitment to quality, quality that has seen them serving cakes to Queen of England and even the President of the United States. Today, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses is still a family owned and operated business and... Read More

Lifestyle

The top 10 Lifestyle franchises

Ranking Lifestyle (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Waves DETAIL PRO Australia  37 90 64%
2 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  314 90 45%
3 Gutter-Vac  79 86 91%
4 Fifo Capital  63 82 54%
5 Expense Reduction Analysts  22 81 78%
6 Car Care  72 78 56%
7 Xpresso Delight  141 74 39%
8 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 74 76%
9 Chatime  75 74 84%
10 Kwik Kopy  93 74 56%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

The lifestyle category looks at how positively franchisees perceive the balance between their work and home lives as an indicator of their satisfaction with their choice of franchise. Franchise companies who cater for a good lifestyle according to their franchisees create an environment and an efficient operating system where a good work life balance is very achievable.

When reviewing franchise opportunities it is important to consider the lifestyle that you want to have and to select a model that fits your expectations. When you are doing your due diligence ask the franchisor and existing franchisees about the time you need to put in to achieve your goals. Also ask the franchisor about how they have engineered the business to be as simple and streamlined to operate as possible, such that you will be efficient in the hours you spend in the business.

When considering franchise opportunities if you are weighing up the number of hours you will need to work also consider your family and friends in your support network and what affect the hours you put in will have upon them and your relationships with them. If you create the right expectations with family and friends from the start they are more likely to be understanding and supportive if you need to put in a few extra hours every now and then.

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Waves DETAIL PRO Australia

Waves DETAIL PRO offer a high quality mobile detailing service. We offer the best products and services available, delivered with great customer service. anything from the basic in and out maintenance clean, up to a full new car protection service. We also offer marine detailing, and vehicle restoration for swirled and faded paint.

Read More
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Smartline Mortgage Advisers Franchise

Smartline is a multi award winning mortgage broking advisory business. Our client care program matches the needs of a client with the best available lending products provided by a panel of +27 Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions. These lenders pay Smartline brokers both an upfront commission and a trailing commission for the introduction of new borrowers. The trailing commission prov... Read More

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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

Marketing

The top 10 Marketing franchises

Ranking Marketing (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  314 85 45%
2 Gutter-Vac  79 84 91%
3 Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash  178 77 60%
4 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  68 76 76%
5 Kwik Kopy  93 73 56%
6 Soul Origin  77 72 65%
7 Mister Minit  204 70 61%
8 Mrs Fields  46 70 55%
9 Chatime  75 68 84%
10 Expense Reduction Analysts  22 63 78%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

When looking at franchises for sale, one of the most important considerations is the strength of the franchises marketing. In a franchise marketing is not just the responsibility of the franchisor but a collective effort. This marketing award combines elements that look at the strength of the marketing strategy; how well franchisors understand the consumer; how well campaigns are explained and tracked; and the guidance and support you will get in implementing your own campaigns as a franchisee on a local level with your target audience.

When you are looking at franchises for sale, ask the franchisor and existing franchisees about the research they have done of the end consumer, and the training and support you will get to be able to take the great marketing ideas of the franchisor and turn them into a reality.

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Smartline Mortgage Advisers Franchise

Smartline is a multi award winning mortgage broking advisory business. Our client care program matches the needs of a client with the best available lending products provided by a panel of +27 Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions. These lenders pay Smartline brokers both an upfront commission and a trailing commission for the introduction of new borrowers. The trailing commission prov... Read More

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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

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Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash

At Aussie Pooch Mobile we come to you and wash your dog. Our Dog Wash and Grooming service use a hydrobath to provide a convenient, affordable, reliable and efficient mobile dog wash and grooming service to maintain and achieve your pet's best well being.


 Aussie Pooch Mobile franchised operators also offer advice on caring for your dog, pet nutrition, puppies, flea contro... Read More

Passion

The top 10 Passion franchises

Ranking Passion (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  314 93 45%
2 Waves DETAIL PRO Australia  37 92 64%
3 Gutter-Vac  79 92 91%
4 Just Better Care  34 89 68%
5 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 88 76%
6 Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash  178 87 60%
7 Snooze  88 86 46%
8 Mister Minit  204 86 61%
9 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  68 85 76%
10 Soul Origin  77 84 65%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

Be passionate. When you are looking at franchise opportunities it is important to be able to get passionate about what you will be doing, as for most franchise opportunities your involvement with the franchise will take up the majority of your waking hours during the week. When it comes to running your own business, being passionate about the brand, customers, service or product is essential.

Luckily when it comes to being passionate most franchisees across the industry have passion in bucket loads. In the tightly contested category of passion, when it comes to being passionate and the category of passion we asked questions in relation to franchisees' passion about their customers, and the products they are selling or the services they are offering.

One of the other elements in Passion is how your business will look to family and friends. Consider how the franchise' s business model and branding is presented and how well other franchisees represent the brand, this is an important element as when you step into a franchise and own a business which is highly visible you will quickly want to be proud of your business and happy to tell friends of the career choice you have made.

Franchise companies who perform well in this area will most certainly have a culture of caring for the customers' needs. Passion is contagious and starts with the franchisor being passionate about their products and services, and this passion filters through to the franchisee. The franchisee then needs to pass this passion on to the end customer. If the franchisee feels passionate about their customers, products and/or services, this is a good indicator that the franchise company successfully communicates a positive vision about the company' s brand internally and externally.

To see if you can get passionate about the customer experience, take yourself mystery shopping and go through the experience yourself.

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Smartline Mortgage Advisers Franchise

Smartline is a multi award winning mortgage broking advisory business. Our client care program matches the needs of a client with the best available lending products provided by a panel of +27 Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions. These lenders pay Smartline brokers both an upfront commission and a trailing commission for the introduction of new borrowers. The trailing commission prov... Read More

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Waves DETAIL PRO Australia

Waves DETAIL PRO offer a high quality mobile detailing service. We offer the best products and services available, delivered with great customer service. anything from the basic in and out maintenance clean, up to a full new car protection service. We also offer marine detailing, and vehicle restoration for swirled and faded paint.

Read More
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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

Support

The top 10 Support franchises

Ranking Support (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Shoebox Bookkeeping  29 87 89%
2 Gutter-Vac  79 85 91%
3 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  314 84 45%
4 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  68 76 76%
5 Mister Minit  204 75 61%
6 Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash  178 75 60%
7 Soul Origin  77 74 65%
8 Kwik Kopy  93 74 56%
9 Mrs Fields  46 72 55%
10 RE/MAX Australia  77 70 42%

Every year the topfranchise Awards recognise best practice within the franchising sector across six categories; marketing, branding, passion, support, lifestyle and expansion. Entering all six categories is required to compete for the overall award.

The Top 10 Awards recognise franchises that perform well in the selected category as rated by current franchisees so you can find the best franchises for sale in Australia.

The support category looks at how effectively franchisors support the franchisees who represent their brand to the public with a range of support networks including training, assistance in setting up, availability of expert help and maintenance of a network amongst franchisees. Franchise companies that have a solid support network for their franchisees create a strong safety net for the people taking their product to the public.

When reviewing franchise opportunities it is important to consider the support network you feel you will require, and to select a model that fulfils your needs. When you are doing your due diligence ask the franchisor and existing franchisees about the support provided both in the start-up period, and once you are an established franchisee.

When considering franchise opportunities it is important to take into consideration how much training and support you believe you will need. Be honest about your current capabilities, and honest about your assessment of what help you feel you will need.

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Shoebox Bookkeeping

Shoebox Bookkeeping is a national franchisor of bookkeeping services. We are dedicated to helping small business and tradies Australia-wide get on top of their book work. We want them to focus on doing what they do best - which is running their busin... Read More

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Gutter-Vac

Gutter-Vac is an outdoors service industry based business with a focus on client contact and engagement. A Gutter-Vac franchise can be both a lifestyle or an asset to grow and sell. Our safety processes make it very attractive to corporate clients, and our combination of machinery based operations and strong emphasis on customer service make it an interesting prospect for potential franchise... Read More

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Smartline Mortgage Advisers Franchise

Smartline is a multi award winning mortgage broking advisory business. Our client care program matches the needs of a client with the best available lending products provided by a panel of +27 Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions. These lenders pay Smartline brokers both an upfront commission and a trailing commission for the introduction of new borrowers. The trailing commission prov... Read More

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