For the second year in a row, Neighborly — a franchisor of home service brands — earned the distinction Best Property and Home Maintenance Franchise of 2020 from Global Franchise, a brand management company. Neighborly’s brands include Mosquito Joe, The Grounds Guys, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance and more.
Neighborly President and CEO Mike Bidwell accepted the Global Franchise Award at the 60th annual International Franchise Association (IFA) Convention in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 8-11.
“We kicked off 2020 stronger than ever, now with around 3,800 franchisees representing our 22 service brands across nine countries,” Bidwell said. “Receiving this award once again from Global Franchise magazine is a testament to how Neighborly’s growth has been a contributing factor to our continued success as we strive to be ‘the world-class leader in multi-branded service franchising.’ We look forward to what is to come in 2020 as we continue raising the bar for home services franchising worldwide.”
The Global Franchise Awards are the only awards that focus solely on international franchising. Since the awards’ inception by Global Franchise magazine in 2018, the number of applicants has increased significantly. Winners were selected by qualified judges based on the companies’ overseas ambition, strong franchisee support, strong marketing efforts and an overall willingness to advance the cause of franchising itself.
“In the three years since this award program’s inception, the amount of entries we’ve received has risen steadily along with the caliber of those entries,” said James Fell, head of content for Global Franchise. “Neighborly’s proven franchise model and continued growth made the company stand out to our esteemed judges as the clear leader in its category of property and home maintenance franchises, making Neighborly a key player in this year’s elite group of Global Franchise Award winners.”
Last year, the company rebranded from Dwyer Group to Neighborly. The company was founded in 1981 as Dwyer Group and is based in Waco, Texas.