We are delighted to announce that four of our itseeze franchisees – yes, that’s four! – have been nominated as finalists for the Quality Franchise Association’s virtual franchise awards in the Franchisee of the Year category. 
 
What a way to end what’s been an incredibly difficult year for so many businesses. 

  The itseeze franchisees that have been nominated as finalists for Franchisee of the Year are:  

John Cooper from it’seeze Leicester 
John Wright from it’seeze Horsham 
Steve Axtell from it’seeze Northampton 
Suzy Perry from it’seeze Bristol 
 

The Quality Franchise Association (QFA) – Virtual Franchising Awards 

 
Launched in 2020, this is the QFA’s first year of their Virtual Franchising Awards 2021. The awards have been created to not only recognise, but also celebrate the achievements of hundreds of franchise businesses and suppliers across the UK to the franchising community. 
 
Sponsored by Barclays, the Awards are open to the whole franchising community. They are free to enter either by nominating your business or a business that has consistently performed to high standards, and goes that extra mile. Let’s take a closer look at our itseeze nominated finalists. 
 
 

  John Cooper - itseeze Leicester 

 
John had spent 20 years designing websites and had used multiple website builders only to find that they were all ‘hard to use’. A life-changing decision in 2015 to launch his own web design business brought John to the it’seeze franchise; the rest, as they say, is history. 
 
 
With the business growing significantly over the past four years, John’s it’seeze website design franchise has become a family affair. His wife works as his virtual assistant and their son has great aspirations to join his father’s growing business. A crucial added benefit is the ability for all of them to spend much more quality family time together, something that was lacking for John when working in a corporate environment. 
 
On hearing he’d been nominated as a finalist in the QFA’s Franchisee of the Year award category, John said: “It was fabulous to have been nominated for the awards, and I was even more thrilled to have been named a finalist – one of four itseeze franchisees in fact – a testament to how successful the itseeze franchise is.” 
 
 

 John Wright – itseeze Horsham 

 
Having worked in the construction industry in a sales and marketing role for much of his career, John decided he wanted the freedom of being self-employed. After researching a multitude of franchise opportunities, and wanting to work with a well-established brand and proven business model, John came across the it’seeze franchise
 
Armed with a list of questions, John attended one of itseeze’s Discovery Days where he met the whole itseeze franchise team and learnt about how the franchise process worked, the company culture and so much more. 
 
 
Inspired by his Discovery Day and having the answers to his questions, John took the leap and joined the UK’s leading website and digital marketing franchise. Being able to use his sales and marketing experience, as well as believing in itseeze's innovative product that is affordable for everyone, was just what John was looking for. 
 
Today, John’s business is rapidly growing and he provides professionally-designed it’seeze websites to local businesses. Not only is he working with a wide range of companies, he loves seeing the delight from his clients when their website has been created – the best job satisfaction! 
 
Of his achievement of being nominated a finalist in QFA’s Franchisee of the Year Award 2021, John said: “I’m delighted and so proud to be shortlisted for the 2021 Virtual Franchising Awards for Franchisee of the Year. I would like to thank all my clients and the many people that have helped and supported itseeze Horsham since I set up in business four years ago. Special mention must go to everyone at itseeze’s head office, and it’s very impressive that four itseeze franchisees, including myself, have made the shortlist. Just to be nominated is a great honour; to be shortlisted is very exciting!” 
 
 

 Steve Axtell – itseeze Northampton 

 
Ten years down the line and Steve is still going strong with his it’seeze website design franchise; so much so that he’s just committed to another five years! Steve originally worked for an SME as a General Manager but wanted to start his own business. Attending an it’seeze franchise Discovery Day was the turning point he was looking for and he signed up immediately. 
 
For Steve, joining the itseeze franchise has been a life-changing experience, allowing him to work and run the business on his own terms. His success has been infectious, too; Steve’s brother, Andy, has also joined the franchise and now runs his own web design business. 
 
“It’s always great to receive recognition, whether you win or lose, so being nominated is awesome… but obviously, I want to win!” said Steve on hearing he was a finalist for the Franchisee of the Year Award. 
 
 

Suzy Perry – itseeze Bristol 

 
Suzy’s decision to join the itseeze franchise in 2011 was indeed life-changing! A former teacher with little to no background in sales or marketing, Suzy took the enormous step of joining a thriving digital marketing industry and she hasn’t looked back. 
 
Over the past ten years, Suzy’s it’seeze website design franchise has gone from strength to strength and she has built a strong customer base, gaining many new clients every month. Having developed an effective strategy to source quality leads, she’s now taken on her first employees and had her most productive year yet! 
 
 
As well as a web design it’seeze franchise that is truly flourishing – Suzy says the key to her success is to “constantly test and measure different lead sources” – she’s finally achieved the work/life balance she’s always wanted. Working flexible hours from home, she now has the benefit of being able to spend more time with her family and friends, something she missed in her teaching career. 
 
Suzy is proud of her achievements and says of her finalist nomination for Franchisee of the Year, “I’m delighted to be nominated as a finalist for the Franchisee of the Year award. This year, I have developed a new and effective business strategy to align with the current challenging times, and we have had one of my most successful years to date. I want to thank the itseeze franchise and my clients for all their support this year – I couldn’t have done it without them!” 
 
 
 
 
Want to know who wins the Franchise of the Year Award with QFA? The results will be announced in January 2021 so, watch this space! 
 
Thinking about a career change? Want to run your own business? An itseeze web design franchise could be the answer you’re looking for. Contact us for more details. 
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