For the 2015 conference, WPA took its team of 78 franchisees to Frankfurt, the largest financial centre in continental Europe. It was held over two days with the option of attendees extending their visit and spending leisure time in Frankfurt city. 

The conference included an update from the Chief Executive on the company’s performance in 2014 and his plans for the company in the coming year. 2015 will see the launch of a new and innovative product that will boost franchisee sales and help them to build even stronger and more sustainable businesses.

There were also training workshops to help franchisees refresh their skills on IT systems, documentation and compliance and build confidence in working with introducers.

The evening was spent at a Frankfurt restaurant sampling local food and beer, networking and enjoying one another’s company. All this was provided, along with a two night stay at a luxury hotel at no cost to the franchisee.

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The conference also saw the recognition of high achieving franchisees and those setting an example to be proud of. Awards were given to the following:

Regional Franchisee of the Year – South West & Overall WPA Franchisee of the Year 2015

Returning winner from 2014 – Jacqui Shaw joined WPA in May 2011 and looks after the area of Torbay. She, along with her partner, have built a fantastic reputation in their area for excellent service and ethical advice. She is a true example of an entrepreneurial franchisee and her business goes from strength to strength. Starting from the ground up in 2011 she now looks after 1100 customers with a retention rate of 98%.

Regional Franchisee of the Year – South East

Returning winner from 2014 – Paul Geoghegan joined WPA in April 2013, taking over a portfolio of 1000 customers from a franchisee who had been with WPA for 15 years. A huge task handled with ease by Paul who has retained over 90% of those customers at the two year mark. Paul is professional, methodical and driven. Not only has he looked after his existing customers he has also grown his business by 20% each year.

Regional Franchisee of the Year – Midlands and the North 

Returning winner from 2014 – Neal Gaskell joined WPA in March 2012 and in the last two years has worked tirelessly to build a successful business. He now looks after 600 customers and has a retention rate of 98%. His work ethic and determination have earned him respect from his colleagues and the results speak for themselves.

Regional Franchisee of the Year – North UK and Northern Ireland 

Returning winner from 2014 – Simon Marks joined in 2012 and continues to build a successful and sustainable business in Northern Ireland. He brings humour and positivity to all his endeavours and it serves him well with his customers. He has a current retention rate of 100% and looks after 1200 customers. He has a skill for organising his time well between supporting his existing customers and finding new ones.

WPA Chief Executive’s Award

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Returning winner from 2014 – Dan Wade. This award is given to the franchisee who has grown his/her business by the greatest amount in the year, whilst maintaining high standards and supporting their existing customers. Dan has grown his business in 2014 by an astonishing 40%, whilst still maintaining a retention rate of 90%.

In addition to his busy role of WPA franchisee, Dan also works with WPA as Director of New Practice Development. He is heavily involved in recruitment and responsible for the growth and development of all franchisees in WPA’s initial two year mentor period. His organisation skills are second to none. 

To learn more about the WPA Healthcare Practise franchise please visit our FranchiseInfo profile page here.

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