Aquabest the country’s premier water refilling franchise is out to make a difference as it participates in the upcoming Race for Change 2013 Fun Run.

The company will be the events official hydration partner and will give away free Aquabest water to participating runners. At the same time some of the company’s employees would also be participating in the run itself. Supporting events such as the run is part of the company’s advocacy for corporate social responsibility particularly in ensuring adequate access to basic necessities such as food and water.

The run organized by the Food for the Hungry Philippines and AHEPP (Alliance of Hospitality Educators and Practitioners of the Phils.) aims to gather some 4,000 runners for the benefit of the feeding and livelihood programs of the underprivileged communities served by FH Phils. The run would be held on September 1 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.




GQWEST Inc., the country’s premier water franchise company, is proud to announce that its flagship brand Aquabest is among this year’s recipients of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise Awards.

Aquabest is the largest water refilling store network in the country with more than 700 stores nationwide. This year is set to grow even more with over 10 new franchisees from January to July. A strong factor in the company’s growth is its participation in the 2013 Franchise Asia exhibit organized by the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA). The brand managed to generate a substantial number of inquiries that will contribute significantly towards year end growth.

“Being awarded by this award is both an honor and a validation of the company’s efforts to provide a solid franchise concept to the Filipino entrepreneur. It shows that when people take out an Aquabest franchise they are not just getting their money’s worth but they are also getting added value and excellent service. But we do not intend to rest on our laurels, we intend to further improve our franchise system to prove that we do deserve this title” says Carson Tan CEO of GQWEST.

A sign of this commitment to value and excellence can be seen in the company’s Aquabest 3 in 1 Combostore Concept and Entreprises franchise concept. EntrepRises is the 3 in 1 Combostore enhanced by the option to add on a complementary business concept to create a complete franchise package. The Combostore franchise integrates Aquabest, Laundrybest, and Oxyplus brands into a single business concept. Now, the company has sought to further build upon the combostore concept with complementary businesses to further increase their service offerings. The add-on service is the Best Mobile Wazzers the country’s first carwash delivery. The combination of these concepts are seen to allow franchisees to benefit from the synergies from these complimentary concepts.

Prior to winning this year’s award, the company has been lauded as a member of the pioneer batch of the magazine’s Franchise Hall of Fame as well as being a multi-year winner in the Franchise Awards.

AQUABEST TO JOIN MINBIZCON – Water firm gears up for Mindanao expansion.

AQUABEST TO JOIN MINBIZCON - Water firm gears up for Mindanao expansion.

Water franchising leader GQWEST announced plans to expand its Aquabest franchise to more areas in Mindanao as it joins the Mindanao Business Conference (MINBIZCON).

MINBIZCON now in its 22nd year is the largest gathering of businesses in Mindanao and represents a huge opportunity for the company to expand in the region. Expanding its presence in Mindanao has been a priority for the company as it seeks to capitalize on the increased development in the area.

The company’s head, Carson Tan says “The growth of urbanization and the economy in Mindanao has opened up a large opportunity for us as we seek to further enlarge our nationwide presence. At the same time, expanding in the region will allow the company to fulfill its mission to offer safe drinking water to people in areas where potable water remains problematic.”

The company says it intends to pursue growth opportunities in Mindanao particularly in Davao. The company says hat Mindanao has a rapidly urbanizing population which is critical to support the business. The areas also represent an opportunity to expand from the congested Luzon markets where the company’s stores are mostly located.

To help prospective franchisees take out a franchise the company inked partnerships with banks like BPI that would facilitate loan applications to possible franchisees. The company also offers in house financing to prospective franchisees.

The MINBIZCON would run from August 8-10 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier Davao City.