A SOUTHAMPTON business has been put through to the final of a national competition.

Expense Reduction Analysts is being considered for the British Franchise Association’s HSBC franchisor of the year award.

The competition has been running for 25 years and has chosen the Southampton company for its business growth, development and strength of brand.

The 20 finalists will have to give a presentation about their progress during the year and judges will choose the winner at a ceremony on Thursday, June 26, in Oxfordshire.

Brian Smart from the British Franchise Association said: “We have been extremely impressed with the level of this year’s entrants.

“It’s been a pleasure to see the broad range of franchisors stepping forward and celebrating their successes in the industry.”