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Shelly Sun - International Franchise Association/BrightStar Care

Leading ladies of franchising bring US and UK closer together than ever

14 July 2017 09:10


Earlier this week, two of the leading ladies in franchising from both sides of the pond met for the first time in the UK. Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association, Pip Wilkins, welcomed the International Franchise Association’s Chair, Shelly Sun, in a meeting to continue the ongoing relationship between the two organisations.

Hot on the tail of the British Franchise Association’s International Franchise Week where the IFA’s Immediate Past Chair and Managing Partner of NRD Capital, Aziz Hashim, talked about franchising, leadership and global growth, Tuesday’s meeting progressed those discussions. Highlighting areas of common challenges in franchising and sharing successes, the ladies and their supporting teams enjoyed the chance to concentrate on plans to bring US and UK counterparts closer together. Both franchisee engagement and membership standards were seen as key areas for the organisations to share best practice on over the next 12 months.

“The power of collective ambition is fundamental to strengthening franchising both in the UK and overseas. The bfa and IFA have a long-standing relationship and a rich network of experts and data sources. This week’s meeting provided a positive platform from which we can both build on frameworks and initiatives that will see UK and International stakeholders alike successfully collaborate to future-proof the sector. I look forward to visiting the US for the IFA’s Convention next February,” said Pip.

"The US franchising industry so appreciates its continuing relationship with the British Franchise Association, representing our UK counterparts. We've worked together for many years and, as IFA chair, I can assure you that partnership will continue," said Shelly.

The two ladies met again on Thursday for a drinks reception at the Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane, London, where Shelly invited a wide-ranging group of franchising experts from the UK.

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Note to Editor:
Shelly Sun and Pip Wilkins are available for interview on request. Shelly will only be in the UK until Friday 14th July but can be contacted in the US next week.
Contact Sally Anne Butters 07887 495198

Image attached: from left to right - Pip Wilkins, Chief Executive of the British Franchise Association and Shelly Sun, Chairman of the International Franchise Association.

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About Shelly Sun - International Franchise Association/BrightStar Care

Shelly Sun is Chairman of the International Franchise Association and is visiting the UK this week: 10-14 July.

Shelly is also the CEO and Founder of BrightStar Group Holdings, Inc., the holding company of multiple brands offering care services globally in various settings including in-home, assisted living and memory care communities as well as in commercial settings like hospitals through medical staffing services. With over 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada serving over 15,000 families, BrightStar Care® delivers the full continuum of care in residential settings as well as premium healthcare staffing for corporate clients such as nursing homes and physicians. In 2005, BrightStar launched its franchising efforts, becoming the first and only franchising company in the country to specialise in both medical and non-medical care and health care staffing.

Shelly also published her first book, Grow Smart, Risk Less – A Low-Capital Path to Multiplying Your Business through Franchising, where she discusses her journey as an emerging franchisor through amazing growth, lessons learned and game-changing ideas.

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