Jan Mitman, franchise sales director of Drain Doctor Plumbing Ltd , the UK’s largest emergency plumbing and drainage business, has been elected chair of the Midlands Forum of the British Franchise Association.
The results of the elections that took place throughout the preceding few weeks were announced at the BFA’s annual general meeting held at the Hyatt Regency, Birmingham, which was followed by a gala charity dinner last week.
Jan, who helped establish the Drain Doctor business in the UK with her husband Freddie in 1993, is probably the most influential woman in the UK plumbing and drainage industry. Drain Doctor has been involved in franchising for almost 20 years and is a full member of the BFA.
Commenting on her election Jan said: “I have been working in Drain Doctor Ltd as a member of the Board of Directors in charge off recruitment and PR since the company started in 1993.
“Understanding the franchise business from the viewpoint of both franchisees and franchisors, I feel that I will be well able to chair regional meetings aimed at helping franchise companies to grow their brands.
“I would like to help promote teamwork between the BFA, experienced franchisors, new franchisors and affiliates, all of whom need each other.
“The synergy that can be created at such meetings gives the individuals attending greater strength to see, and achieve, their goals.”
Jan’s election is a measure of the high esteem in which she is held in the franchise industry. BFA spokesman Paul Stafford said: “Chairmen are elected by the members of the BFA through a members voting system open to the whole BFA franchise community.
“We are looking forward to working with Jan over the coming year in her role as chair of the Midlands Forum.”
The British Franchise Association is the trade association for individuals and businesses that consider franchising. Its role is to ensure ethical franchising and retain a commitment to best practice and robustness.
As well as providing information and advice to businesses wanting to franchise or people considering joining a franchise, the BFA also works closely with its members to help advance their expertise in the industry and speaks on their behalf to the media and government.
The forum meets three times a year and offers BFA members the opportunity to network, discuss general industry issues, franchise business issues and anything related to the BFA and how it affects their businesses.
The next meeting of the BFA Midlands Forum, the first since Jan Mitman’s appointment, is due to take place on Tuesday 29 January, 2013.