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Young Nottingham Businessman Up For Top National Award

Young Nottingham Businessman Up For Top National Award

An entrepreneur from Keyworth, who has grown his business to four locations across the country, has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

Daryl Perkins, is owner of Card Connection in Nottingham, a greeting cards supplier to major retailers, and he has grown the business to such an extent that he is now the largest franchisee for the company in Great Britain.

The 30-year-old, has been shortlisted for Young Male Franchisee of the Year at the 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

Daryl opened the first franchise in Nottingham six-years ago, after a career at Budgens (a business he now supplies to) and after just 12 months he was named Franchisee of the Year in 2015.

This business has now expanded from Nottingham to Peterborough, Lincoln and Hull and commenting on the nomination, he said:

“To be named as a national finalist for such a prestigious award is really fantastic, I am so chuffed! I have put so much hard work into this and to create the portfolio which I have, after once being a customer - is amazing. I could never have imagined this.

“Over the past six years I have really focussed on nurturing relationships with retail customers, in an attempt to build a solid franchise business. I have a lot to be thankful for when looking back to where I started, and to begin my journey in Nottingham means a lot to me.”

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, stated:

“Daryl always wanted to be his own boss and managed to grow the business through hard work and dedication, and he has done this over the years by expanding his network and taking on more units.”

The awards are hosted by the British Franchise Association (bfa), and recognise those in franchising who have shown exceptional business acumen over the past 12 months.

All nominees for Young Male Franchisee of the Year, are under the age of 35 and have shown exceptional growth and development within their business.

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC, stated:

“Daryl began his franchising journey at a young age. Like some other franchisees in the Card Connection network, he knew the company from working at a convenience store and seeing it supplied to the shop. He has clearly demonstrated his has real business acumen and has been able to replicate his success.”

Daryl will compete against two other franchisees for the Young Male Franchisee of the Year accolade – one from Snap-on Tools, a company that sells tools to work people, the other ActionCOACH, which provides business coaching.

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