Mobility retailer Ableworld has been named in the top 50 franchised UK businesses for 2021 by Elite Franchise magazine.
Elite Franchise Top 100 celebrates the industry’s brightest franchises, taking into account some key criteria as well as how they have coped through a difficult 2020.
Ableworld has remained open throughout the pandemic to support people living with reduced mobility, providing essential equipment.
As well as placing in the Elite Franchise top 50, Ableworld was also ranked third best bricks-and-mortar retailer in the UK.
Managing director, Mike Williams, said: “We are honoured to be recognised in the Top 50 franchises in the UK, especially considering the difficult year everyone has had.
“Retail has suffered with the pandemic as the government insisted retailers close their doors in the fight against coronavirus.
“Being a retailer providing essential equipment to vulnerable people, all of our stores remined open through the pandemic to help support our local communities.
“We are proud of all of our team members, business owners, and support staff for continuing to provide the best possible service to our customers through this difficult time.
“Many of our customers live with incontinence, struggle to manage the stairs or sleeping in a chair if they do not have the strength to get up, so we knew we needed to continue to support people as much as we could.
“Being recognised as one of the best retail franchise businesses in the UK and the third best bricks-and-mortar retailer is a huge achievement for Ableworld, as we know that helping people live more independently means so much to so many people.
“We want to take the opportunity to send our best wishes to everyone for a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”