Top 50 Indie Rontec, has been identified as Subway’s best franchisee in the world for 26-49 stores at the sandwich store business’s 2016 Summer Franchisee Leadership Conference Awards held in Chicago.

The award is based on a number of factors including financial strength gain, compliance, sales and store growth.

The accolade comes three years after Subway stores were first incorporated into Rontec’s sites.

Bill Ahearn, managing director of Rontec, said: “When we first began discussions with Subway, we always said that we would become their best operator in the UK. It is therefore fantastic that our efforts have been recognised through this award, which identifies us as their best operator at our size not just in the UK but across the world.

“We are very proud of building a network from nothing to a global leader and this achievement reflects our team’s hard work in site selection, refitting, managing and operating stores to deliver Subway with a focus on exceptional quality and service.”