Australian Franchise News – 05-07-11
PoolWerx franchisees Ian and Irene Hughes are swimming in business success taking out the title of ‘WA Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year’ at the Franchise Council of Australia awards night this month.
The award recognises franchisees who have excelled in the business management and franchise citizenship aspects of their business across multiple franchise units.
Since starting with a single man-in-a-van in 2003 the husband and wife duo have expanded their business to cover five franchise territories, operating a commercial mobile business in Perth City and four retail stores throughout the Perth northern suburbs in Hillarys, Beldon, Joondalup and Currambine. They also have eight mobile vans servicing the domestic market.
Irene said the couple were thrilled to win the award after facing tough competition in the category.
“There are a lot of dedicated franchisees throughout Western Australia so we are ecstatic to be recognised with this prestigious award,” she said.
“It is very rewarding to know all our hard-work has paid off and we are especially grateful to our team who consistently put 110 percent into everything they do.”
“We’ve always placed a strong focus on developing quality relationships with both residential and commercial pool owners and I think this has been pivotal to our success.”
Irene said the recent award win gave the couple increased confidence in their future business plans.
“Winning this award obviously means we are setting and achieving appropriate goals so it’s reassuring to know we are on the right track.”
The state win means the couple will be flying the flag for WA in Melbourne at the ‘FCA National Franchisee of the Year’ awards in October.
Irene said they were excited to qualify for the national award.
“We are really looking forward to competing with franchisees around the country and we hope we will do WA proud.”