Quality of Kare

One of the UK’s leading health care franchises, Kare Plus continues to enjoy strong network growth as increasing numbers of potential franchise owners recognise the huge potential created by significant changes to the UK social and healthcare landscape. Beth Dunmore reports

The three latest recruits to the Kare Plus network have opened new branches in Luton, Leicester and Trafford respectively. High-flying recruitment consultant Steve Madden is the new franchise owner in Trafford. Having built several companies to global level, the entrepreneur was considering a new challenge when he discovered Kare Plus.

After selling his shares, Steve began considering his options – whether to go it alone or join an existing brand.

“As someone who has built my own companies, I knew that to work inside anyone else’s framework I’d have to really believe in the vision and be 100 per cent confident I was backing a winner,” says Steve.

“Kare Plus completely outstripped anything its competitors were offering because they handle both domiciliary care and nursing services,” he adds. “I’m thrilled to have found a business I believe in that also provides a really worthwhile service.”

Similarly, Pawan Dhillon had been working in HR for four years, when he, like Steve, identified the emerging opportunities in the healthcare sector. With his recruitment experience and business background Pawan decided a care franchise would be for him.

“I spoke to several franchises, but none of them could compete with the Kare Plus business model,” he says. “I didn’t want to choose just one sector, I wanted to work in staffing, domiciliary care and assisted living – all of which Kare Plus was able to deliver. “Head office was really open about the work and time investment necessary to attract good staff. I expected to start recruiting soon, but in fact I began to recruit within the first few days, which is incredibly encouraging.”

Although several franchise owners come from a business background, Kare Plus continues to attract professionals from within the care industry, such as Luton-based newcomers, husband and wife team Samir and Sonal Shah, who own and operate a 44-bed care home.

“Our next step was to enter the domiciliary market, but going it alone was not a viable option for us,” Sonal explains. “Setting up your own Domiciliary Care service is really daunting – the paperwork and legal requirements are overwhelming, so we started looking at investing in a franchise as a safe route to expanding our service offering.”

After careful research, Samir and Sonal ultimately decided on Kare Plus.

“Our primary focus was to find a way to provide top quality domiciliary care,” says Samir. “After speaking to Kare Plus we realised how many opportunities there are in the industry, and felt immediately that they were the most dynamic healthcare franchise on the market. We’ve definitely made the right decision – Kare Plus has been extremely supportive, providing excellent training and ongoing hands-on support from head office. The future is looking very healthy.”