Kare for the whole family
When Stephen Teasdale decided to invest in a Kare Plus franchise at the end of last year, he recognised the potential to build a thriving family business. When he approached his son Anthony and daughter Tanya, he found they were both equally enthusiastic about the opportunity. Megan Dunmore reports
Stephen was keen on the idea of Kare Plus from the outset. He said: “We liked Kare Plus in particular because the business model offered three separate income streams – nursing, care homes and domiciliary. Also, we could see the market potential – our Grandma had received care because she lived some distance from the rest of the family, so we understood the growing demand for these services as the number of elderly requiring care continues to increase.”
Continuing changes in the healthcare sector have made Kare Plus one of the hottest franchise opportunities around. The UK’s ageing population, together with rising pressures on the NHS, have opened the door for franchise owners, like the Teasdale family, to build profitable, sustainable and satisfying businesses, based around provision of high quality care in their local community.
Prior to Kare Plus, none of the family had any previous experience in the healthcare sector. Stephen’s background was in the oil and gas industry, while Anthony worked in recruitment and Tanya was a Customer Services Advisor. However, as Kare Plus Managing Director Steve Welsh explains, there are no barriers to stop someone from becoming a successful Kare Plus franchisee.
“Kare Plus is well established in the industry and has been providing medical and non-medical healthcare staff to care homes, hospitals and people who need care at home for many years,” he says. “We understand the complexities of the sector as well as the need for compliance, so we provide a comprehensive specialist training programme, delivered by an experienced team of business and clinical professionals. Franchise owners also benefit from ongoing advice and support, including help with staff recruitment, customer development and sales and marketing.”
In addition, the franchise has enjoyed ongoing success in attracting new national contracts with leading hospital and care home groups, such as Four Seasons Healthcare, Scope, Mencap, Dimensions and Care UK, as well as confirming Service Level Agreements with the NHS. All of this directly benefits franchise owners that find being on the Preferred Supplier List opens doors for them. According to Anthony, support from Kare Plus has been outstanding. After their business launch, the franchise support team made regular visits to ensure they were heading in the right direction and, in the early days, he says they were calling head office for advice virtually daily.
“You learn as you go,” Anthony says. “Kare Plus was there to show us the ropes from the outset and continued to help us out whenever we needed it as we started to get to grips with setting up and running our own business. It’s incredibly hard work and it takes time to get going, but things are really taking off for us now. We’ve got some great clients and we’re booked up for weeks ahead. All that potential we saw in the beginning – now it’s all really happening for us and we’re so glad we’ve joined Kare Plus.”