Gaurav Marya- Father of franchise in India Honoured with life time achievement award
Gaurav Marya receives the prestigious” Life Time Achievement in Franchise Industry ” from Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki, President of the University of Dubai
Dubai: Franchise Awards which recognized the excellence in franchise industry of the Arab world announced the winners of 2022. Franchise industry leaders filled the Pullman Creek Ballroom to celebrate 2022’s top franchise entrepreneurs, leaders and their legacy. The ceremony began with a keynote speech by Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki, President of the University of Dubai – about the latest insights into the importance of homegrown franchise brands and how these trends can influence the local economy and help them expand globally.
“I sincerely thank each one of you, where I can proudly hold up this award as a mark of my achievement. I also promise to only get better at my work so that you can see the franchise Industry in these regions are rapidly growing “ said Gaurav in the award acceptance speech
India enjoys traditionally cordial relations and cooperation with the GCC. India’s old, historical ties with GCC States, coupled with increasing imports of oil and gas, growing trade and investment, and presence of approximately 6.5 million Indian workers in the region, are of vital interest to India. India’s economic linkage with the GCC have increased steadily, especially due to growth, He added.
Gaurav Marya of Franchise India, also referred to as the ‘father of Indian franchising’, was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Franchise Industry at the 2022 Franchise Business & Awards Event held at Dubai.
He is a growth driver and extremely passionate about unlocking the true potential of franchise businesses. Today, he is widely credited for sparking the Indian franchise revolution, as he is the visionary behind India’s largest integrated franchise and retail solution company.
Franchise India has helped over 5000 brands build over $100 billion in distribution networks over the last 25 years. With a team of 700 employees, 40 offices and outreach programs across 300 towns and cities – Franchise India impacts more the lives of over 5 million individual entrepreneurs and 250000 businesses. Franchise India’s media division organizes 300 conferences and expositions across 100 cities in India, the Middle East and Sri Lanka. “Our website attracts 264000 unique hits per month” he added.
Among the winners was Reza Food Services Company, which is one of the largest developers of Mcdonald’s in the region. The company won the ‘Corporate Hall of Fame’ Franchise Award.
Fawaz Danish, President and Group CEO of Budget Saudi Arabia, won ‘Franchise Leader of the Year’. Galadari Ice-Creams Company, won the Franchise developer award outside the US. Al Hokair Group won ‘Franchise Brand of the Year – Hospitality Category’. Adnoc Distribution, won the ‘Franchise Brand of the Year’ award and Bird and Bird of the UK won the ‘Best Franchise Law Firm’ award. T. K. Khaleel of Bakemart and Gaurav Marya of Franchise India won the ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ for their contribution towards franchise industry. Barns Coffee operator won the ‘Best Homegrown Cafe’ award and Chaiiwala of London Ltd won ‘International Franchise Year of the Year’, among other companies. Franway of Saudi Arabia and Emtiyz of UAE won the Franchise Consultancy firm of the Year awards. Meals N More won the most Innovative Franchise of the year award. Auto detailing company ,Green Shine won the “Green Franchise of the year” award. Raydan Food company and Barns café of Saudi Arabia won the best Restaurant and café Awards respectively.
Gaurav Marya Award Acceptance speech at the Arab Franchise Awards Ceremony ,Dubai
The closest thing to a born entrepreneur, Gaurav Marya started his first enterprise at the age of 16. Over the years he has started and sold more than a dozen more. The businesses ranged from mobile phones, career advisory, restaurants to the entertainment business. It was at the age of 24 that he found the focus that allowed him to retain his variety of interests in a successful manner. During a trip to the US in 1998, he saw how franchising had impacted the business scene there. He recognized that franchising was the fastest way of building entrepreneurship. In 1999 Gaurav set up Franchise India, which is today the largest integrated franchise and retail solution company in Asia.