Blazes Heating founder Michael Eyre has been elected chair of the British Franchise Association.
Under his leadership, Blazes expanded to have dozens of showrooms around the UK, advising people on central heating.
Currently its managing director, Mr Eyre has been given several job titles at Blazes, including regional chairman and finance director.
The company has won many awards, including Best Franchise Launch Performance of 2009. Blazes Heating is the only franchise in the fireplace and central heating sector.
Mr Eyre said: “The advantage with franchising, rather than recruiting, is that you are hiring business people rather than employees. Plus having specialists with a catchment area means a much more personal service.”