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Motivation Weight Management Clinics, finalists in the Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards 2011

The Irish Franchise Association announced that the large number of entries received for this year's Franchise Awards has been reduced to a list of finalists from which the overall winner in five categories will be chosen. The Irish Franchise Awards recognise excellence in franchising and reward outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the franchise industry. The judging panel for the 2011 Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards include Former Dragon and Newstalk Presenter Bobby Kerr; Orna Stokes, Head of Specialist Sectors, Ulster Bank; Orla Nugent, Director Executive MBA, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School; Greg Swift of Dublin County Enterprise Board and Cian O Mongain from the Sunday Business Post.

The awards categories represent both retail and service industries and include Franchisee of the Year, Best Emerging Franchise and Outstanding Contribution to Franchising.

Finalists for Franchise of the Year (Service) are Fastway Couriers (Ireland), Chem-Dry Ireland Ltd, Home Instead Senior Care, Cartridge Green, Tone at Home and Motivation Weight Management Clinics.

Finalists for Franchisee of the Year (Retail) are The Zipyard (Dun Laoghaire), Eddie Rockets (Dundrum), the Streat (Citywest), Snap Printing (Sir John Jogerson's Quay)

Finalists for Franchisee of the Year (Service) are Cartridge Green (Naas), Home Instead Senior Care (Rathfarnham), Kendlebell (Naas), Tone at Home (Cork, Kerry Limerick); Tone at Home (Waterford, South Tipperary and Kilkenny), Fastway Couriers Midlands

Finalists for Best Emerging Franchise are Car Medic; Tax Assist, Cartridge Green, the Zipyard, Hillbilly's Friday Chicken, Tone at Home, Synergy Stocktaking.

Finalists for Franchise of the Year (Retail) are The Zipyard, the Streat and Eddie Rockets

The awards will be presented at a formal black-tie awards ceremony at Croke Park on Friday February 25th 2011. The award ceremony is anticipated to be an impressive business event reflecting the remarkable growth of the franchise sector in these challenging times. According to the latest 2010 Irish Franchise survey, there has been a marked increase in turnover for the sector to 2.4 billion representing an increase of 15% since the last survey in 2006. In total the Irish franchise industry contributes 4,086 operating units on the island of Ireland and offers 42,927 full-time jobs to the economy.

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