Twenty of the UK’s best franchise entrepreneurs were listed for the BFA Franchisee of the Year Awards 2016 and Swimtime was among them!
Huge congratulations to Heather Ratcliffe , Swimtime franchisee in West Midlands, who was a finalist in the Young Franchisee of the Year category. To come so far, against such strong competition, is an amazing achievement.
Heather is a swimming teacher who became Swimtime franchisee in 2011 – our youngest ever. Since then she has tirelessly continued to grow the business and has built a great reputation for the brand in her region. She also introduced us to the Australian brand Vorgee, now our goggles partner across the network.
The award ceremony, supported by HSBC, took place in beautifully decorated Birmingham Town Hall. Heather was cheered by the strong Swimtime representation, including the owner and Managing Director Theo Millward, Business Development Director Rachel Brooks, and the founders and former owners, Linda and Barry Price.
Swimtime North East is one of the most energetic charity fundraisers that you would like to have on your side. Back in June they raised £5176.62 for Meningitis Research Foundation. The cheque was handed to the Foundation at the Great North Run in September.
Massive thanks and congratulations to all who helped: Swimtime Teachers, the swimmers who participated in the Swimathon, and their parents, and of course to the the Swimtime North East franchise owner, Rachelle Vipond, who was the soul and brains behind this amazing effort. We are proud to announce that at our recent, annual Franchisee Conference it earned her the well-deserved title of Swimtime Community Fundraiser of the Year.
The annual Swimtime Franchise Conference took place on 22 – 23 of September in Mere Court Hotel in Knutsford.
All Swimtime franchisees and Central Office staff travelled to picturesque Knutsford where they attended two days of talks, presentations and workshops. We discussed challenges and opportunities facing the Swimtime businesses across the country, presented our new products, and came up with exciting, new marketing ideas. It was an invaluable opportunity to share common hopes and concerns, and learn from others’ experience.
It’s been the first time when our annual award for the Best Franchisee of the Year was privately funded by Swimtime founders and former owners, Linda and Barry Price. From now on the award is going to be their contribution to the Swimtime family, in memory of their years dedicated to building the business. Huge congratulations to this year’s winners, Paul Lagar and Ian Berry from Swimtime Scotland!
The evening was packed with entertainment, thanks to our fantastic compere, Paul Sleem.
Big thanks to all our franchisees for making this event insightful, memorable and fun. See you all next year!
The Leisure Industry Week 2016 – the biggest gathering of buyers, operators and trend setters in the UK leisure industry is happening on the 20 – 21st of September in Birmingham and Swimtime is going to be there on Stand G142!
Come and meet us at NEC Birmingham to find out about the prospects and benefits of our franchise, talk to our franchisees and senior team from the Head Office, and be the first to hear about our new, exciting pool exercise classes, SwimHiiT.
It’s a great chance for pool owners and leisure club managers to learn how working with us can generate more income from their facilities and a fantastic opportunity for present and prospective franchisees to network with like-minded professionals from the industry.
The event features an impressive programme of talks on all aspects of running a leisure business, sports education and getting your community active. There will also be a special Spa and Wet Leisure education stream dedicated to topics such as swimming motivation, how to keep your clients coming back, maximising swimming revenue, and working with children.
Make sure to come by the Swimtime stand at G142 for a chat with our team.