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National accreditation for Harrogate events’ company

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A Harrogate business has been award national accreditation to help it grow further.

Simply Bows and Chair Cover s- the current holder of the British Chamber of Commerce Most Promising New Business accolade – has become a member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) following a thorough assessment of its franchise model.

The specialist table and chair linen company, established in 2011 by Alexandra Stead from Harrogate, had to undergo a stringent entry process to gain accreditation to the BFA which is the only self-regulatory body for the UK franchise industry with a standards-based approach and entry process.

The BFA’s aim is to promote ethical franchise practice, providing credibility for members and the opportunity for growth.

Membership proves the franchise is reputable, responsible and successful.

Alexandra said:

“Simply Bows and Chair Covers had to be BFA-tested against strict and extensive criteria in order to join.

“Membership helps potential franchisees- and our customers- recognise the worth of companies that have a proven track record, such as ours.

“Representation by the BFA is vital for growth and further secures Simply Bows and Chair Covers’ position in the UK market.”

Brian Smart, director general of the BFA, said:

“As the UK’s only voluntary self-regulatory body for franchising, we have very strict standards and criteria for membership based on a franchisor’s business systems, franchise agreement and the support they offer their franchisees. Simply Bows and Chair Covers has satisfied this accreditation process and is committed to investing in ethical franchising practice.”

Alexandra has secured a range of contracts with prestigious organisations such as Welcome to Yorkshire and works with leading venues such as RuddingPark, Wetherby Racecourse, AllertonCastle and high profile hotels in Harrogate.

Earlier this year, Alexandra worked with Welcome to Yorkshire to dress Leeds Town Hall for the gala dinner, following the announcement of the Tour de France’s route through the region, creating bespoke sashes and accessories in the world famous race’s colours of yellow, black and white and dressing 300 chairs.

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