On Wednesday night, Tamsin Brewis, business owner of Water Babies in Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, took the title for the British Franchise Association’s (bfa) ‘Female Franchisee of the Year’.

Tamsin, who has owned and operated her business since 2004, was thrilled to collect the award at a black-tie event at Birmingham’s ICC conferencing venue organised by the bfa, the UK franchise industry’s governing body. Tamsin explained, “I am so over the moon to have won this award. Over the years, I have taught thousands of little ones how to swim, and I have developed a strong bond with the parents and families in the local community. I wouldn’t have been considered for this award without the support of the mums and dads of the children I teach, and my thanks goes out to them.”

This local business runs operations from its head office, which is based in Banbury. Water Babies Bucks and Beds teaches newborns, toddlers and preschoolers to become confident little swimmers, a skill which sets them up for safe and happy experiences later in life. Tamsin also feels passionately about the health and wellbeing of children, a subject which she has spent years researching and she’s now seen as a go-to expert for advice on the how to nurture a happy and healthy child.

The bfa Franchisee of the Year awards are the highest accolade that any UK franchise business owner can achieve. Tamsin, aged 55, was awarded this honour by a panel of specialist judges, who have considered hundreds of entries from businesses spanning all industries and sectors. The judges said that Tamsin’s determination to build a thriving business dedicated to young children in her region combined with her commitment to local charity efforts set her as a fantastic example of what it means to truly be a business owners who gives back to the community.

Tamsin added, “To be recognised in my field is such an honour, especially in a category with other successful women. With the support of my office team and wonderful teachers, I’ve built my franchise into a thriving business. It’s also testament to the hard work we’ve done to raise awareness of important charities and the development of children – this win has really been a collective effort, and it makes me proud to run my business in my local area.”

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If you’d like to speak to Tamsin, please contact 07895 876745

Image attached – Tamsin with her trophy and certificate

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About Water Babies

In a nutshell, we teach water confidence and safety skills to babies and toddlers. However, we're about so much more besides. Our classes are great for making new friends, helping to enhance the bonding process, having fun... and seeing the utter thrill of your little one gliding underwater towards you.

In the last three years alone we know our lessons were directly responsible for saving the lives of ten little ones who otherwise might have tragically drowned. That makes us very proud.

And we like raising money for other babies. To date, we've raised over £750,000 for Tommy's. And we're aiming to raise another £200,000 for them (possibly!) this coming summer.