2021 Awards & Achievements
Looking back at 2021, it was a challenging year for most businesses. Many industries were still “pivoting” and creating “new normals” due to the Covid-19 landscape. But the true measure of the strength of a brand is not only surviving tough economic times but thriving in them. That’s why we are so proud of how well Alliance Franchise Brands performed this year, thanks to the tenacity of our Franchise Centers. Image360’s parent company — Alliance Franchise Brands LLC — is a world leader in business-to-business opportunities. As the holding company for eight franchise concepts, Alliance Franchise Brands links hundreds of locations in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom resulting in a unique business model and system profitability.
Our brands made great strides, receiving many awards and accolades this year that cannot go unmentioned all thanks to the hard work of our Franchise Members.
Top 100 Small Shop Printers
WhatTheyThink | Printing News looks at big performance in small commercial print businesses. Each year they name the top 100 small shop printers which means the upper limit for participation is $25 million in annual revenues.
We are proud to say Allegra is very well represented on this list, with Asheville, NC coming in at number five this year. This location became an Allegra franchise in 2015 and enjoys a wide customer base. The Asheville Allegra Center says this award and their success is due to teamwork with their customers in the community.
Many other locations performed well and were recognized including Allegra Plymouth, MI at #10, Allegra Princeton (Cranbury, N.J.) at #15, Allegra Helena, MT #32, Allegra Richmond, VA #52, Allegra Dulles, VA #56, Allegra Tucson, AZ #57, Allegra Show Low, AZ #60, Allegra Naples, FL #63, Allegra San Diego, CA #73, Allegra Cedar Rapids IA #77, Allegra Okemos, MI #81, Flatirons Marketing and Print Aurora, CO #88, Allegra Saline, MI #89, Allegra Ottawa, ON #91, Allegra Rocky Mount, NC #95, Allegra Coal City, IL #97.
Best Marketing Collateral Campaign of the Year
Alliance Franchise Brands was honored by the American Marketing Association Baltimore Chapter (AMA Baltimore) for the Best Marketing Collateral Campaign of the year, at the 2021 annual MX Awards ceremony.
Our brand was recognized for exceptional creativity and ingenuity in our marketing campaigns.
The Awards are presented for outstanding overall campaigns as well as the best campaigns in specific channels or elements. Alliance Franchise Brands received the accolade for our “Back to Business Campaign” which created informational and marketing collateral for a wide variety of industries from healthcare organizations, grocery stores, restaurants and auto dealerships.
Franchise 500 Rankings
Entrepreneur Magazine’s 42nd annual Franchise 500® rankings were presented for 2021 and Alliance Franchise Brands made a strong showing in this year’s rankings. The coveted rankings by this highly respected industry business publication are a great indication of franchise success. Entrepreneur cited, that despite the many challenges faced by the franchise industry in 2020, many existing franchisors continued to grow (and evolve), and new companies even continued to enter the franchise arena, resulting in a record-breaking number of applicants from a variety of industries. The rankings include an in-depth look into franchise costs and fees, support, size and growth, brand strength and financial strength and stability.
We are proud to have these high-performing brands on the list:
Franchise Times Top 400 Ranking
Two of our brands moved up on the Franchise Times Top 400 Ranking. This is the annual ranking of the largest U.S.-based franchise systems by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance.
Image360, our full-service brand leading the industry in graphics, signage and displays, improved its ranking as a leading franchise in the Franchise Times Top 400 rankings, from #266 to #199.
Allegra, our one-stop source for strategic marketing and print communications moved up a notch from #224 to #223.
Big Picture Magazine’s 6th Annual Top Six Women
Big Picture magazine recognizes six successful women leaders in the wide-format digital print industry every year. The recognition goes to women leaders who have advanced the wide-format digital print industry through their innovation and vision in spearheading successful businesses and in influential positions impacting the field. The top six women are chosen by Big Picture’s editorial advisory board. We are proud to be represented on this highly respected list by Gina Kazmerski, President of Image360 Woodbury, Minnesota.
2021 Canadian Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Award
This year’s Canadian Franchise Association Franchisee of the year award was given to Allegra’s own Veronica and Warren D’Silva who were recognized in the gold level of the traditional franchise category.
The award recognizes top-performing franchisees for their accomplishments and excellence in business performance, community service and brand involvement.
2020 Printing impressions 350 list
This is the 37th annual ranking of the Printing Impressions 350 list. Historically it was the 400 list, but due to the unsettled business culture caused by the pandemic, the list was decreased and this year dubbed the “Covid-19 Edition.” We are proud to have Alliance Franchise Brands listed at #15 on this esteemed list.
Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, is proud of all our Franchise Members who have made this past year a huge success. We look forward to seeing what 2022 and beyond brings!