Kare Plus continues its impressive growth
The market for domiciliary and nursing care is set to explode in the coming years and one UK franchisor is keeping his eye firmly on potential contracts arising out of the current NHS reshape. Megan Dunmore reports
One of the UK’s leading domiciliary and medical care franchises, Kare Plus, is eyeing up NHS contracts worth an estimated £140m.
With people living longer and many choosing to remain in their own homes, the demand for homecare is set to explode across the UK in the coming years. However, Kare Plus is also licensed to serve NHS hospitals and doctors’ surgeries, as well as private hospitals and care homes so its potential market is even bigger than for franchises operating solely in the domiciliary care market.
Managing Director Steve Welsh considers his franchise a healthcare recruitment agency vital to the changing needs of the modern NHS, but stresses that prospective franchise owners do not require professional healthcare credentials to qualify for a franchise. Welsh said: “Our network quadrupled over the last nine months and I anticipate it will at least double in size by the end of this year. “Within the next four years we hope to be negotiating NHS contracts worth an estimated £140m. We also aim to develop our services to meet the increasing demand for health and particularly elderly care.” The Kare Plus franchise itself – as well as its forward projections – impressed healthcare professional Vijay Guntuka so much he invested in two territories from the outset. Physiotherapist Vijay works for the NHS and is frequently out in the community visiting patients in nursing and care homes. As such he is more than aware of the growing demand for independent care providers and the potential for building a successful business in this rapidly changing sector. Unusually, rather than simply becoming his own boss, Vijay was looking for a business that he could run alongside his career as a physiotherapist. He wanted a business that would earn him a substantial income but could be managed on his behalf by someone else. Searching for a franchise within the healthcare sector that suited his needs best, Vijay discovered Kare Plus. Although he investigated other opportunities, he believes Kare Plus stood out from the rest. “Kare Plus was exactly what I was looking for, because it offered nursing as well as domiciliary services and this was important to me in light of current changes within the NHS,” comments Vijay. Also, I was really impressed by the support structure and experience of the management team. In short, I was convinced I wouldn’t find a better franchise opportunity, so I invested in two franchise territories – Bradford and Scarborough.”
Vijay recruited high-flying management teams for the day-to-day operation of both franchises and seeks to establish Kare Plus as the leading service provider in both territories within a year. Once he has achieved this he will be looking to invest in a third territory as soon as it’s viable. “Vijay’s investment in two territories with two dedicated management teams clearly reflects his confidence in the Kare Plus brand and our business model,” says Steve Welsh. “Although we have plenty of franchise owners who come from outside the sector, people working in the NHS can see exactly what the opportunities are and we anticipate many more health professionals will be quick to seize the chance to build a lucrative second income stream with Kare Plus,” he added. Vijay concludes: “As a healthcare professional, I love the idea that my business will be making a difference to patients’ lives and improving the standard of care in my region while making money for my future. It takes a really great franchise to elicit an immediate commitment to two locations but I know I’ve made a good decision and I cannot wait to see the results.” Vijay is the first to set up this kind of Kare Plus management franchise, but with the projected growth of Kare Plus, it’s unlikely he will be the last