Franchises have risen in prominence in Europe, ranging from budding enterprises to internationally renown corporations. Brussels’ damp nightfall couldn’t put a damper on the excitement last week, as the European Franchise Federation put the focus on some outstanding people in the franchising space through the flashy European Franchise Awards. This impressive ceremony honored successful entrepreneurs and highlighted the innovations that help to turn franchises into recognizable household names. Awards were distributed in seven different categories, recognizing individuals and businesses that have innovated sustainable business practices, provided job empowerment services, established burger and coffee franchises, and developed successful home service operations, actually changing the way success is defined. A prize was given to a fledgling business that exhibited great enthusiasm for the product line and franchise activity in recent times. The selection committee was moved by testimonies of persons thriving past their capacity. The aim was for the winners to demonstrate an extra degree of support to aid in the expansion of the franchise network. The Bronze award went to Keukencoach of the Netherlands. KeukenCoach, a unique kitchen design company from the Netherlands, is headed up by a pair of experienced professionals with ambitious aspirations. Their French counterpart is called Silver: Taobento. Food service featuring high-quality items cooked on site right in front of the patron. Gold: JobCenter – Sweden offers a multitude of personalized options with speedy pick-up, delivery, or in-store dining.