Blazes has been trading for over 25 years, and franchising for over 20 years, recruiting its first franchisee in 1994. Blazes has been a member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) since 1994 when it joined as an Associate Member. Its membership status was elevated to Full Member in 1998 where it has remained ever since. Blazes Managing Director, Michael Eyre, has been an active member of the BFA throughout; from 2003 to 2007 he was the elected Chair of the BFA’s Northern Region. Since 2007, and continuing, Michael has been a member of the BFA Board of Directors. From 2010 until 2014 Michael was the Chairman of the Board making him the longest serving Chairman in the history of the BFA. Michael is currently the BFA Board Member for International Affairs with a seat on the boards at both the European Franchise Federation and the World Franchise Council.
Blazes Director of Franchising, Alan Wilkinson, has both the Diploma in Franchise Management, and is a Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP). When the BFA introduced the QFP qualification in 2011 Alan was the first person to be presented with the award, and was the only person in the UK to hold both qualifications at the same time. Alan has 19 years experience in the franchise industry, having worked for several franchisors, and has owned 2 franchises himself. He was in fact the pilot franchisee for the Blazes Heating brand when it first launched in 2006.
The combined franchise experience of Michael and Alan means that we are experienced and able to provide our franchisees with the very best of support and guidance.
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