Global Franchise Awards 2018 Meet the Finalists

Global Franchise Awards 2018 Meet the Finalists

The 2018 Global Franchise Awards attracted top brands from every sector. Global Franchise magazine is proud to present this year’s fantastic finalists.


Since 1997, ActionCOACH has shown thousands of businesses around the world how to have more time, build better teams and make more money. Las Vegas-based ActionCOACH has offices and franchises in over 75 countries, delivering business development systems to tens of thousands of business owners every week in a fun learning environment.

BrightStar Care

With over 300 independently-owned and operated locations nationwide and abroad, BrightStar Care nurses, therapists, CNAs and caregivers deliver professional and compassionate care in the comfort and familiarity of home. The company offers the full range of home care services from companionship, bathing, and hygiene assistance to in-home infusions and medication management. WINNER BEST NURSING & CARE FRANCHISE. WINNER SUPREME CHAMPION

Chem Dry
Every year, American homeowners install more than 10 billion square feet of new carpet. Chem-Dry taps into the ever-growing carpet-cleaning market with an ultra-low down payment and fixed monthly royalty fee of just $400.98. For potential franchisees who want to own their own business, now is a great time to learn more about Chem-Dry. WINNER BEST HOUSE & OFFICE FRANCHISE

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids provides families with a child-friendly haircut experience. From the slide and touch screen play unit in the waiting area to the TVs, video games, and fantasy chairs on the cutting floor, Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids provides a unique experience. A franchise with great family appeal.

Coyote Ugly

Founded in 1993, the world-famous Coyote Ugly offers an International franchise full of fun, unrivalled support, and the recognition of one of the world’s best-known brands. With 25 years of experience, over 27 Saloons world-wide, a blockbuster movie and a reality show, Coyote Ugly has its sights set on bringing the Coyote Culture to markets across the globe. WINNER BEST FOOD & DRINK FRANCHISE


Crestcom’s mission is to create a better world by developing stronger, more ethical leaders through the better leadership training it has provided to companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies around the world for 30 years. Every leadership training session produces measurable action plans.


Dogtopia is a dog daycare, boarding and spa facility. Dedicated to offering exceptional care for dogs, it currently operates more than 60 locations in the United States and Canada. Modern facilities provide a healthy, safe and fun environment for dogs to socialize and play in, supervised by a highly-trained and loving team.

Dream Doors

Dream Doors opened its first kitchen showroom in Hampshire over 17 years ago, selling replacement kitchen doors and promoting innovative kitchen face-lift services, all from a single showroom in Gosport. Dream Doors quickly saw the opportunity for massive growth across the UK mostly due to the unique selling points of its product and services, encouraging the successful move into franchising.

Expense Reduction Analysts

Expense Reduction Analysts is a wide network of management consultants which employs its expertise in purchasing categories to help organisations reduce their expenditure in order to generate additional profit, or working capital. A business consultancy offering strategic advice and practical methods which optimise supplier relationships, Expense Reduction Analysts has a network of 135 specialist procurement consultants. WINNER BEST BUSINESS FRANCHISE. SHORLISTED FOR SUPREME CHAMPION


Experimac specializes in the sales and service of pre-owned Apple computers, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices. Franchises offer sharp entrepreneurs with long-range foresight and competitive enthusiasm, unprecedented opportunities for growth. If you have a passion for sales and like to work with Apple-branded products, consider a master license partnership with Experimac.

FASTSIGNS International

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 675 independently-owned and operated FASTSIGNS centers in nine countries and growing including the US, Canada, Grand Cayman, Wales, England, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and in Australia, where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®.


Established in 2009, fit20 is a thriving franchise fitness organisation with real differences.  The stylish 20 minute fitness concept with a calming environment and respect for individual needs was piloted in Holland.  For seven years, the fit20 model was repeatedly tested, researched and developed into the powerful and effective system it has become.

Fully Promoted

With nearly 300 stores in 12 countries, Fully Promoted provides branded products and marketing services around the world. Fully Promoted Master License Partners enjoy working with clients to provide not only promotional, branded products but marketing support in areas such as online marketing, lead generation, social media assistance and branded apparel & promotional products.

Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym was established in Venice, California in 1965, since when it has become the most recognized gym chain in the world, with more than 720 locations in 38 states and 25 countries. Offering the latest equipment and services, Gold’s Gym has helped nearly three million members worldwide to achieve their potential through fitness. WINNER BEST FITNESS, HEALTH & BEAUTY FRANCHISE

Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey and SpeeDee centers provide preventive maintenance services and light mechanical repair services that help customers meet vehicle manufacturers’ recommendations and warranty requirements. Our ‘Less Hassle, More Hustle’ customer service approach is designed to help customers make educated, informed decisions about maintaining their vehicles in a comfortable, no-pressure setting.

Home Instead Senior Care

Home Instead Senior Care looks for business-minded individuals who have a desire to build an enterprise-level business and make a difference in the lives of older people. As part of the Home Instead global network, they will have the opportunity to help expand a highly successful brand of in-home elder care


Established in 1969, Jani-King International now operates 8,000 units. Decades of experience in the franchising industry mean that new master franchisees can step in with very little experience and enjoy Jani-King’s support and have its systems at their fingertips. Master franchise investors are granted an exclusive, renewable 10 year agreement to operate in a defined territory.

Jon Smith Subs

Jon Smith Subs is a fresh ‘fast casual’ franchising opportunity with a track record for success. Serving high-quality subs, right off the grill, Jon Smith Subs has been a local favorite in Palm Beach County since 1988. Jon Smith Subs offers flavorful food that exceeds expectations – an excellent master license opportunity. 

Kare Plus

Kare Plus supply experienced high-quality care professionals to work in NHS Hospitals, nursing and residential homes as well as providing care to people in their own homes. The company also provides health care staff to a range of organisations across the country, and a number of offices deliver supported living.

Mike Tyson Academy

More than your traditional boxing gym or a fitness center, the Mike Tyson Fitness and Boxing Academy combines a wide range of fitness training, which appeals to a broad spectrum of users. With recurring monthly membership fees, supplements and Mike Tyson merchandise, owners can earn an excellent return in a fun environment.


The 9ROUND fitness franchise opportunity has a simple business model and a low cost of entry. Its goal is to let people experience the ‘American Dream’ of business ownership with a proven format and plan of action. With a network of dedicated support staff, 9ROUND franchisees always have somewhere to turn for support and guidance

Pho Hoa

Established more than 35 years ago, Pho Hoa Noodle Soup offers a simple and proven business model. As a franchisee, you will be provided with the training tools, international brand strength, and ongoing marketing and operational support needed from starting out through your entire business ownership. Pho Hoa Noodle Soup is the largest U.S. based Vietnamese Pho Franchise


From a single office that opened in 1973 in Denver, Colo., RE/MAX has grown into a global real estate network of franchisee-owned and operated offices with more than 90,000 sales associates. The system remains based on attracting productive agents and providing them with valuable support, brand awareness, educational opportunities and other competitive advantages.

Tutor Doctor

Franchisees with this home tutor network enjoy low overheads and high earning potential in an industry predicted to surpass $227 billion by 2022. Extensive training and support ensure that franchises succeed in a business with a constantly-growing customer base which can be tailored to fit with their lifestyle. WINNER BEST LIFESTYLE FRANCHISE

Shawarma Lounge

Shawarma Lounge is a fast-growing restaurant chain serving up a menu of Arabian, Turkish & Indian Cuisine. Its range of vegetarian options includes paneer, corn, mushroom, spinach and assorted veg. The Franchisor provides locally-adjusted menus, complete pre-opening operations planning, professionally-designed locations and full on-site training for the entire team.


Signarama was the first brand to form under the blooming UFG umbrella. As a Signarama master license partner, you would begin with a pilot store location that offers every solution for business sign needs, messaging and advertising including: business signs, window graphics, banners, displays, vehicle graphics & wraps, design, branding, messaging, advertising, marketing.

Stagecoach Performing Arts

Stagecoach Performing Arts has 30 years experience in teaching young people how to sing, dance and act. Suitable for a range of abilities, Stagecoach Performing Arts – which recently signed a franchise deal with China – offers the chance for students to pursue a career in the performing arts, or learn new life skills.

Straetus International

Straetus is the fastest-growing debt collection organization in the world operating as a franchise. Treating debtors with patience and respect, it works with carefully-selected franchisees. The Straetus network covers more than 10 countries, with franchise offices across North and South America, Europe, Russia, Africa and Israel.

SuperGreen Solutions

SuperGreen Solutions is an advisor, supplier and installer of energy-efficient solutions. Today there are more than 40 SuperGreen Solutions franchises operating in 11 countries. Franchisees create customized energy management plans and offer environmentally-friendly products; providing energy-efficient, money-saving solutions for businesses allows master license partners the opportunity to reach a wide, welcoming audience.

Venture X

Venture X is a premier provider of membership-based flexible workspace with an inspiring, diverse and collaborative community founded by entrepreneur and real estate mogul, David Diamond and his son Bret.  The concept provides places where businesses launch, develop and achieve success. This thriving business model is an excellent master license opportunity.

Waves Detail Pro

Waves DETAIL PRO is offering the opportunity to become part of the team as a Waves DETAIL PRO franchisee. Its elite team of high-end automotive and marine detailers are trained to the world’s highest standards. Franchisees will operate in a thriving market that will pay top dollar for world-class results. WINNER BEST AUTOMOTIVE FRANCHISE

Wayback Burgers

Wayback Burgers currently operates in 28 states. Having originally launched in Newark, DE, as Jake’s Hamburgers in 1991, Wayback Burgers is now franchising worldwide. This family-oriented restaurant chain offers a comfortable, welcoming environment in which customers can enjoy an uncomplicated menu of hamburgers, fries and shakes, a recipe which has stood the test of time.







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