Neighborly®, a franchisor of home service brands, was named by Global Franchise as the Best Property and Home Maintenance Franchise of 2019. The Global Franchise Award was accepted by Neighborly President and CEO Mike Bidwell at the International Franchise Association (“IFA”) Annual Convention in Las Vegas, an event which Neighborly sponsored this year.
“Neighborly has doubled in size over the course of the last four years, now comprised of 19 franchise brands with 3,700 franchisees across nine countries, with much of that recent growth occurring on an international stage as we now have eight brands based in Europe,” said Bidwell. “Winning the 2019 Global Franchise Award is a testament to the success of our global expansion efforts, proving we have set the bar high for international franchising of home services.”
The Global Franchise Awards are the only awards today that focus solely on international franchising. Since the awards’ inception in 2018, both the number of applicants and the caliber of their businesses have increased immensely. Winners were selected by qualified judges based on their overseas ambition, strong franchisee support, strong marketing efforts and an overall willingness to advance the cause of franchising itself.
The award, as well as the company’s decision to sponsor the convention, helped to increase the visibility of the company’s recent rebranding from Dwyer Group to Neighborly.
“Our company’s name change was a strategic move to better align our desired brand image alongside our growing roster of home service brands that target the same customer base,” said Bidwell. “Sponsoring this year’s IFA convention gave us a platform to further establish our status in the franchise community as the leader in home services franchising, and that status was solidified when we were honored with the 2019 Global Franchise Award.”
The Neighborly family of brands includes Mr. Rooter, Mr. Electric and Aire Serv Heating & Cooling.