The Categories

Best Motoring Services Franchising

Whether it's car repair and restoration, car cleaning and lubes, auto and/or track rental, if you're expanding franchise deals with vehicles in any way or of any kind, then this category is the one for you.

Best Children & Education Franchising

Among the franchises qualified to enter this category are pre-school care, play, kids' exercise and educational franchises, stage, home tuition, language, and other schools. Think your children's or education concept is a cut above the rest? Enter now!

Best Food and Drink Franchise Franchise 2020

The global food and drink industry is big business. Think your brand has what it takes to stand out in this busy marketplace? Then get entering! We're looking for franchises that operate fast-casual concepts, as well as QSRs, full-service restaurants, caf├ęs, bakeries, ice cream parlors, donut retailers, coffee shops, saloons, pubs, and sports bars.

Best Fitness Franchising

Is your fitness or gym franchise bulking up its international operation? Then we welcome your entry - this category is open to international gyms, work-out studios, martial arts and boxing clubs, boutique fitness studios, dance studios, trampoline parks and other activity-based concepts that get the heartbeat racing!

Best Health & Beauty Franchising

If you run a health and beauty-focused franchise, this is the category for you. We're looking for entries from internationally-expanding franchises that specialize in massage studios, spa treatments, nail or lash studios, haircare (including male and female hair cutting, grooming and styling), weight control and other concepts.

Best Lifestyle Franchising

Do you run either a pet care, arts, cultural, tech-centric, crafts, dental or optical franchise? Then get entering this category. Don't feel that your concept is a good fit with the other categories, that means it's probably a lifestyle franchise.

Best Signage & Communications Franchising

This category should be entered by franchises whose business is print, graphic or digital signs as well as franchised print shops, and any other franchised communications or marketing businesses.

Best White Collar Franchising

If your franchise specializes in accounting, advertising, training, business coaching, HR, buy and sell franchises, real estate or anything of that ilk, then the white collar category is the one for you.

Best Emerging Franchising

While everybody has their own definition of an 'emerging franchisor' (the IFA uses under 100 units, while others define it as royalty self-sufficient), for the purposes of the Global Franchising Awards, this is a franchise that has expanded beyond its native country.

Best Nursing & Care Franchising

Whether your speciality is elder care or home care, you can earn recognition for your international brand by entering these awards.

Best Property Maintenance Franchising

Entries welcomed from cleaning and janitorial, flooring, building, decorating and maintenance, fix-it, garden, tree and pool care, garage design, pest control, home inspectors and other concepts which might conceivably be housed here.

Global Franchise Champion 

The Global Franchise Champion - previously the Supreme Champion - is the ultimate Global Franchising Award and is given to the category winner which has in the opinion of our judges, done the most to distinguish itself in the field of franchising. If you enter any of the categories above, you'll automatically be considered for this award, free of charge.


Best Franchise Lawyers 

Awarded to the legal team which has provided consistently excellent service to the franchise industry, and which has promoted the cause of franchising through media involvement and whose name has become synonymous with franchising. Applicants should demonstrate an open and transparent working relationship with clients, offering consistently high quality, relevant legal advice, and promote franchise best practice.


Best Franchise Consultants 

The award goes to the consultancy firm that has consistently aided franchisors and franchisees, and has promoted the cause of franchising. If you believe your consultancy is a recognized, go-to name for those seeking advice as they begin or continue their franchising journey, and can demonstrate that you've delivered a high-quality service and support and enabled growth on a global scale, get entering this category!


Contribution to International Franchising Award 

This is the Global Franchising Award's lifetime achievement award. It's awarded to people involved in any aspect of franchising who has gone above and beyond in their efforts to further the understanding of franchising and raise the bar of franchise practice. The judges will be looking for someone who has worked to enhance, promote and support international franchising. Through networking, collaboration, proactivity, and innovation, they will have contributed to the success and growth of franchising on a global scale.