A young entrepreneur with three businesses to his name has been recognised as one of the most successful franchise owners of his generation, winning a prestigious national award.
Almas Adam made the bold business move of entering the competitive and highly-regulated homecare sector when he was just 24 years old; and refused to let youth stand in the way of his ambition.
With his family and his franchisor, Right at Home, at his side, it has taken him just three years to build a million-pound turnover business, delivering high quality care and companionship services to his local community in Loughton, Essex.
His year on year growth and focus on customer service impressed judges of the Young Franchisee of the Year Award, which celebrates franchise business owners under 30 who have achieved success beyond their years.
Almas claimed the coveted title in front of 500 peers at the ICC in Birmingham on Thursday, June 28th and was thrilled to receive his award from Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.
The widely-respected awards, hosted by the British Franchise Association and sponsored by HSBC, attract fierce competition from within the UK’s leading franchise brands. They recognise both successful franchisors, who owns the brand and business system; and franchisees, who contract to follow that business model in a local area.
Almas later said: “I am absolutely delighted to be named 2018 bfa Young Franchisee of the Year and would like to dedicate this award to my fantastic team of Right at Home CareGivers and support staff, as well as my father, who has always been a role model for hard work and dedication for me.
“I have always admired the winners of this prestigious event, including my own franchisor, Ken Deary who was named Franchisee of the Year in 2002, and hoped that one day I would be able to emulate their achievements.
“Building a successful homecare business has allowed me to grow and develop skills which I have been able to transfer across all the brands that I am involved in. The involvement of multiple brands and multi units has given me a great platform for rapid growth personally and through business.
“It is all about ensuring the right people are around you, and with a brilliant local team, fantastic Clients and very supportive franchisor, I feel privileged to be doing something that makes a real difference to people’s lives.”
Right at Home CEO Ken Deary said: “Almas is a fantastic example of franchising empowering young people to reach their true potential. Having overcome a teenage lack of self-confidence, he has built a fantastic homecare business in the Loughton area in just three years and has ambitious plans for his future, which we are confident he will fulfil.”
The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the not-for-profit self-regulatory governing body for UK franchising and has run its annual awards for nearly 30 years.
CEO Pip Wilkins said: “The bfa HSBC Franchise Awards 2018 are a celebration of the broad church that is franchising in the UK, from a large multi-national to a lifestyle business, as franchisors come in all shapes and sizes. Every year it’s really great to see the excellent work our members demonstrate through their entries and the quality has never been higher.
“It was wonderful to see so many young people who have chosen franchising as a career option. They are great role models, demonstrating the success you can have with a franchise business if you work hard. I would like to congratulate Almas and wish him the best of luck in future!”
Andrew Brattesani, UK Head of Franchising for the Awards’ sponsor HSBC, said: “Franchise businesses are often the hidden engine of business growth in the UK and it is essential to highlight the important contribution both large and small businesses make to our economy. It is also important to showcase to people that they can run their own businesses and if you don’t want to go it alone, or haven’t got a strong business idea, you can still be successful and become your own boss, as together we thrive.”