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Gabi Spretchert and Kat Thomas saw the opportunity and became franchisees

When the opportunity arose for Gabi to purchase the Fareham and Gosport franchise earlier this year, she jumped at the chance, joining forces with Kat, and the rollercoaster of business ownership began.

The pair are not the first franchise support centre employees to purchase a Bluebird Care franchise. Such is the strength of the business model that two other support centre staff have previously followed suit.

Being a member of the Bluebird Care support centre team has been the biggest advantage for Gabi. As she says: “I had personally benefited from being part of the head office operational team, which is made up of the director of operations, the national team of business development managers, the compliance team, the marketing department and the financial team. They are an incredible group of people to work alongside, with a wealth of knowledge in each of their fields. This gave me invaluable insight as to how the network operated, how the team worked together to ensure the business model was followed, and how the Bluebird Care brand was promoted and upheld.”

When Gabi and Kat reflect on their achievements so far, both testify that it is a very fulfilling feeling to run your own business. “We have the freedom to make our own decisions and are able to implement positive changes,” says Gabi. “We also had the sudden revelation that the opportunities are endless; the business is so scalable and exciting, with many, many areas we can diversify into within our territory.”

The entire Bluebird Care franchise owner network also has the support of a highly experienced operations team and further central support including systems, marketing, PR, IT, and training.