Topfranchise Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 topfranchise award winners brought to you by SEEK Business and 10 THOUSAND FEET Research. Below are the 2018 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 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  315 80 51%
2 Mister Minit  220 77 68%
3 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  76 77 86%
4 H&R Block  53 74 100%
5 Kwik Kopy  93 73 49%
6 Chatime  93 72 60%
7 Mrs Fields  41 70 55%
8 Snap-on Tools  165 69 47%
9 Soul Origin  99 67 72%
10 Snooze  91 65 51%

2018 Top 10 Overall

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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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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Mister Minit Franchise

The Minit Company operates 281 Mister Minit shops throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. The brand celebrates 60 years anniversary in 2017. It is the clear market leader in the sectors of shoe repairs, key duplication, engraving and watch servicing. After introducing car key and remote duplication they have fast become world leader in aftermarket car key duplication. The majo... Read More

3rd

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 H&R Block  53 83 100%
2 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  76 83 86%
3 Mister Minit  220 80 68%
4 Chatime  93 78 60%
5 Kwik Kopy  93 77 49%
6 Snap-on Tools  165 76 47%
7 Snooze  91 73 51%
8 Three Beans  23 71 74%
9 Mrs Fields  41 70 55%
10 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 68 62%

2018 Top 10 Category

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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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

3rd

Mister Minit Franchise

The Minit Company operates 281 Mister Minit shops throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. The brand celebrates 60 years anniversary in 2017. It is the clear market leader in the sectors of shoe repairs, key duplication, engraving and watch servicing. After introducing car key and remote duplication they have fast become world leader in aftermarket car key duplication. The majo... Read More

Expansion

The top 10 Expansion franchises

Ranking Expansion (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Snap-on Tools  165 69 47%
2 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  76 68 86%
3 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  315 68 51%
4 H&R Block  53 68 100%
5 Mister Minit  220 66 68%
6 Chatime  93 65 60%
7 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 63 62%
8 Mrs Fields  41 61 55%
9 Soul Origin  99 61 72%
10 RE/MAX Australia  72 61 42%

2018 Top 10 Category

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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Snap-on Tools Franchise

The Snap-on company was founded in 1920 in the USA with the invention of the interchangeable socket wrench, which today is referred to as a 'socket set'. Quality and innovation has been the creed and today Snap-on invests USD50 million per annum on research and development for new products. Snap-on is a brand that defines quality and the benchmark for professional tool users. Snap-on is a US... 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

3rd

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

Lifestyle

The top 10 Lifestyle franchises

Ranking Lifestyle (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Expense Reduction Analysts  26 86 92%
2 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  315 85 51%
3 Superfinish Express  38 77 59%
4 Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash  174 77 59%
5 Chatime  93 73 60%
6 Kwik Kopy  93 72 49%
7 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 68 62%
8 Snooze  91 66 51%
9 Mister Minit  220 65 68%
10 Soul Origin  99 63 72%

2018 Top 10 Category

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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Expense Reduction Analysts

For over 20 years, Expense Reduction Analysts (ERA) has found that the vast majority of companies have inefficient or even costly supply arrangements, simply because they either don’t have the time or supplier industry expertise needed to effec... 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

Marketing

The top 10 Marketing franchises

Ranking Marketing (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash  174 82 59%
2 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  315 80 51%
3 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  76 80 86%
4 Chatime  93 73 60%
5 Mrs Fields  41 72 55%
6 Mister Minit  220 72 68%
7 Kwik Kopy  93 70 49%
8 H&R Block  53 70 100%
9 Expense Reduction Analysts  26 66 92%
10 Soul Origin  99 65 72%

2018 Top 10 Category

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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Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash

With over 25 years experience as the market leader in the pet care industry and with a trusted name and reputation, Aussie Pooch Mobile has built a brand second to none. The power of our brand sees Aussie Pooch attract thousands of enquiries each month and there are now almost two hundred Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash operators across the world.

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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

Passion

The top 10 Passion franchises

Ranking Passion (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  315 93 51%
2 Mister Minit  220 86 68%
3 H&R Block  53 85 100%
4 Expense Reduction Analysts  26 84 92%
5 Snap-on Tools  165 84 47%
6 Kwik Kopy  93 83 49%
7 Snooze  91 83 51%
8 Xpresso Mobile Cafe  41 82 62%
9 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  76 82 86%
10 Mrs Fields  41 81 55%

2018 Top 10 Category

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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Mister Minit Franchise

The Minit Company operates 281 Mister Minit shops throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. The brand celebrates 60 years anniversary in 2017. It is the clear market leader in the sectors of shoe repairs, key duplication, engraving and watch servicing. After introducing car key and remote duplication they have fast become world leader in aftermarket car key duplication. The majo... Read More

Support

The top 10 Support franchises

Ranking Support (View Graph) No. of Locations Rating Participation rate
1 Smartline Mortgage Advisers  315 78 51%
2 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses  76 76 86%
3 Mister Minit  220 76 68%
4 Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash  174 75 59%
5 Kwik Kopy  93 71 49%
6 Mrs Fields  41 71 55%
7 H&R Block  53 70 100%
8 RE/MAX Australia  72 70 42%
9 Three Beans  23 69 74%
10 Chatime  93 69 60%

2018 Top 10 Category

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.

1st

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

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Mister Minit Franchise

The Minit Company operates 281 Mister Minit shops throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. The brand celebrates 60 years anniversary in 2017. It is the clear market leader in the sectors of shoe repairs, key duplication, engraving and watch servicing. After introducing car key and remote duplication they have fast become world leader in aftermarket car key duplication. The majo... Read More

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