The judging process applies to ALL categories.
The FASA Award entry documents are evaluated each year by the panel of judges and necessary amendments are made to ensure that they are kept relevant and up-to-date. The judges are drawn from among those who have had experience in the franchise industry, thus having greater insight into the workings of the franchise system.
Every entry is considered in its entirety. It is advantageous for the entry to be completed in full but should the entrant not be able to do so regarding any particular aspect, the entry is not disqualified.
Decisions arrived at by the Panel of Judges are final and binding upon all entrants and no correspondence will be entered into in this regard.
Whilst the Panel of Judges will treat entries in the strictest confidence, neither FASA nor its office bearers nor members of the panel of judges can accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from disclosure or information related to an entry.
In more detail
The incoming entries are checked to make sure the entrant qualifies, i.e., is a FASA member and membership fees are paid in full.
In addition, the category entered is verified, for example, a franchisor that has been in business for longer than three years may only enter for the Franchisor of the Year award and not the Newcomer of the Year award. However, if a relative newcomer (been in business for three years or less) wishes to enter the Franchisor of the Year award, s/he is welcome to do so.
The different questions comprising each section within an entry questionnaire have scores allocated, which add up to a total score per section and then a total per entrant.
An example of a typical scoring sheet is shown on the next page. Please note that this is an example only and does not reflect all the questions or sections.
The entries in each category are scored individually by Margaret Constantaras of Research IQ.
Once this process has been completed, the panel of judges meet in a closed session to select the finalists using this transparent scoring system. Three finalists in each category are considered and put forward. The Panel of Judges reserves the right to withhold any one award if they deem this to be appropriate. The individual judges are not able to influence the outcome of the awards in any way. Should there be any conflict of interest based on the fact that a judge is in a business relationship with a finalist and the results are so close that debate could influence the outcome, the relevant judge will excuse him/herself from this part of the proceedings.
At the sole discretion of the Panel of Judges:
- Finalists may be asked to provide additional written information.
- Finalists may be requested to attend an interview with or deliver a presentation to the Panel of Judges.
- The Panel of Judges or their representatives may arrange to visit entrants or nominees at their respective place(s) of business to conduct supportive interviews and/or to inspect documentation relevant to information and facilitate supporting interviews upon request by the Panel of Judges.