National award for Shropshire home care provider

July 6, 2019

Radfield Home Care, which has its head office based in Shrewsbury, has been awarded Emerging Franchisor of the Year 2019 by the British Franchise Association.

The care provider specialises in companionship, care and wellbeing services to enrich lives and enable independence at home for older people.

 
Radfield was established Shrewsbury by brother and sister team Alex Green and Dr Hannah Mackechnie over 10 years ago.

The Radfield Home Care franchise opportunity was created for others to replicate in their local community just three years ago, with now 13 franchise offices across the UK.

Specialising in private care at home services for the UK’s ageing population, Radfield was selected by the judges due to its demonstrable franchise support systems, ethical business model and community involvement – beating numerous other franchise brands to the accolade.

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Partners

Founder and franchisor, Dr Hannah MacKechnie said: “I’m so proud that Radfield has been recognised at the UK’s most prestigious franchising awards.

“When we began franchising just two-and-a-half years ago, we knew we had spent the time over the past eight years to develop a strong, rewarding and successful opportunity for franchise partners – but this recognition is the icing on the cake and acts as a seal of approval for our current and future franchise partners.

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“This would not have been possible without our fantastic support team that help make our franchise partners’ goals a reality. They are all experts in their field and have the experience, knowledge and expertise to guide our franchise partners to success.

“With this prestigious industry award and ongoing investment into developing our services, we only look forward to supporting more franchise partners in the coming months.”

In order to be shortlisted for the award, Radfield Home Care’s franchise model went through rigorous rounds of judging, questions and answers to be narrowed down to one of three finalists.

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During this process, HSBC’s head of franchising and awards judge, Andrew Brattesani said: “Radfield Home Care is a great example of showing how a business can scale and help the community. Ran for over 30 years as a small business before becoming a franchise, the company started franchising in 2016 and has scaled up with the customer at heart.”

The awards dinner took place on June 27, at the Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham.

By Lisa O’Brien

Source: Shropshire Star

Right at Home celebrates double win at franchise awards

July 3, 2019

Home care provider Right at Home is celebrating after its Solent and Southampton branch was crowned the winner of two accolades at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards.

Husband and wife team Kev and Amy Popat, owners of the branch, picked up the Franchisee of the Year and Customer Engagement Awards during a ceremony at the Vox, Birmingham last week.

 
Speaking at the event, they said: “The customers, those that rely on us, are at the core of our business. Right at Home has the same beliefs and having its support has helped us be the best we can possibly be for our business. This customer focused approach clearly struck a chord with attendees on the evening, too, allowing us to claim the Franchisee of the Year accolade.

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“It is an honour to be recognised for our hard work and we want to thank the whole team and our Clients for making this happen. To be given two awards, one from a judging panel of franchising professionals, the other from all attendees on the evening, is something that has made us both truly humble.”

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The bfa HSBC Awards is a flagship event in the franchising calendar and highlights the outstanding business acumen, passion and achievement of individuals and businesses across the UK.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association, said: “Kev and Amy are incredibly active in the business and this shone through in their application. For them to claim two major accolades on one night is fully deserved.”

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By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Caremark to roll out virtual dementia training course across its network

July 2, 2019

Home care franchise Caremark has joined forces with Training2Care to deliver a virtual dementia training course across its network.

The provider recently invited franchisees from over 100 offices to take part in Training2Care’s Virtual Dementia Tour, which uses virtual reality technology to mimic the effects of living with the condition.

 
And now Caremark has invested in the specialist training programme, expanding the offering to include specific training for 18 different conditions, including dementia.

Announcing the development, Caremark managing director David Glover said: “Dementia is a disorienting and frustrating condition, which increases over time. People with dementia find themselves going through an exceedingly confusing time, with very little control over their symptoms. We’re proud to work with some of the most skilled care workers across the UK and we’re keen to nurture their development by offering them access to this innovative experience.

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“Franchisees were encouraged to trial the tour during our Midsummer event, so they can get a real feel for what their clients might be experiencing, before the scheme is rolled out across the network. This snapshot into the life of a person living with the condition will help our care workers and franchisees to be more understanding, patient and confident in dealing with symptoms.”

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Dinah Madelin, director of Caremark West Oxfordshire & Cherwell, took part in the virtual tour and said: “I found the virtual experience extremely eye-opening – it’s probably the closest any of us without the condition will come to living and experiencing the symptoms.

“I came away with such an increased sense of sympathy for our clients who struggle with dementia. The tour is truly revolutionary and something I hope to be able to offer my care workers going forward. It was the best Midsummer event yet and I’m sure my fellow franchisees would agree with me.”

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By Sarah Clarke

Source: Home Care Insight

UK home care provider crowned Emerging Franchisor of the Year

July 1, 2019

Radfield Home Care franchising has been announced as the winner of the British Franchise Association’s Emerging Franchisor of the Year 2019.

Specialising in private care at-home services for the UK’s ageing population, Radfield was selected by the judges due to its demonstrable franchise support systems, ethical business model and community involvement – beating numerous other franchise brands to the accolade.

 
Founder and franchisor, Dr Hannah MacKechnie (pictured) said: “I am so proud that Radfield has been recognised at the UK’s most prestigious franchising awards! When we began franchising just two and a half years ago, we knew we had spent the time over the past eight years to develop a strong, rewarding and successful opportunity for franchise partners – but this recognition is the icing on the cake and acts as a seal of approval for our current and future franchise partners.

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“This would not have been possible without our fantastic support team that help make our franchise partners’ goals a reality. They are all experts in their field and have the experience, knowledge and expertise to guide our franchise partners to success. With this prestigious industry award and on going investment into developing our services, we only look forward to supporting more franchise partners in the coming months!”

In order to be shortlisted for the award, Radfield Home Care’s franchise model went through rigorous rounds of judging, questions and answers to be narrowed down to one of three finalists.

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During this process, HSBC’s Head of Franchising and awards judge, Andrew Brattesani said: “Radfield Home Care is a great example of showing how a business can scale and help the community. Ran for over 30 years as a small business before becoming a franchise, the company started franchising in 2016 and has scaled up with the customer at heart.”

With franchise partners currently operating across the UK, MacKechnie and her brother and co-founder, Alex Green spent eight years developing Radfield’s home care business model in multiple company-owned offices within various geo-demographic locations.

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As a result, the model was tried and tested prior to launching the franchise opportunity in late 2016. Before developing Radfield Home Care, the siblings grew up and worked within the residential care home owned and operated by their parents, and MacKechnie went on to become a qualified and experienced GP – providing them both healthcare knowledge to share with franchise partners.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Home Instead Senior Care opens Isle of Wight service

June 25, 2019

Home Instead Senior Care has opened a new franchise office in the Isle of Wight.

Covering all locations on the island, the new service is run by husband and wife team John and Dee Oswald (pictured).

 
John, a former chartered surveyor, and Dee, who has a background in business and administration, said they are on a mission to change the way elderly people are cared for in the community.

“Our aim is to help people live independently, in the comfort of their own home, for longer. Dee and I have both experienced the difficulties of trying to obtain quality care for our own ageing parents and this being the primary reason for setting up the new business,” said John.

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“We realised that we could really help to make a difference, not only for those being cared for, but also for their families. Our pledge is that the care we provide is the care we would want for our own Mum or Dad.”

The Isle of Wight office is now in the process of recruiting a team of carers to join the team and has already hired Abigail Wheeler as its care manager.

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Wheeler has more than 12 years’ experience working in health and social care, starting in a nursing home, where she cared for older people with dementia.

She later worked in acute wards and the emergency department in hospital, before qualifying in 2016 as a Registered Operating Department Practitioner at the University of Portsmouth.

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By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

EXCLUSIVE: Home care provider eyes 200 UK locations for expansion

June 20, 2019

Home Care Preferred, private domiciliary care service based in London, has set its sights on 200 franchise locations, with a view to grow its network nationwide.

The news follows the launch of the provider’s latest branch in Milton Keynes.

 
Established in 2012 by Ken Waterhouse, who has more than 32 years’ experience in the retirement sector, Home Care Preferred is looking to deliver quality domicilary care services across the country.

Home Care Preferred, headquarted in Enfield, North London, started franchising in 2017 and now has two franchise branches – one in Barnet and the other in Milton Keynes.

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Explaining the company’s ambitions for growth, franchise manager Nav Dhar told Home Care Insight: “We have identified about 200 franchise territories within UK and the vision is to grow the organisation with a network of high quality management franchises in these locations.”

Managing director Ken Waterhouse added: “At Home Care Preferred we recognise that most people would prefer to remain in their own home as they grow older, but at the same time, they want companionship, security, peace of mind and may require a level of care and support.

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“We want to make care at home a positive choice for all adults who require support at home. By providing highly trained support assistants and offering a flexible approach we believe it is possible for people to remain happily at home.”

The new Milton Keynes branch, which opened earlier this month, is operated by husband and wife team Prince and Irene Asikpo.

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Local MP Mark Lancaster, who attended the opening, said: “Having met the team, I am encouraged that they will be able to enhance the levels of care and support for our elderly community, giving them the choice to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.”

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Radfield Home Care Gear Up For Biggest Awards Show in Franchising

June 18, 2019

With one month to go, Radfield Home Care is gearing up for the biggest awards night in franchising after being shortlisted for the Emerging Franchisor category.

The 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, held at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27th, includes newcomer Radfield Homecare, which has have been shortlisted for the Emerging Franchisor of the Year accolade.

 
With only weeks to go until the franchising industry’s most prestigious event, Dr Hannah MacKechnie, franchisor for Radfield Home Care, is beyond excited to be able to attend as a finalist amongst tough competition.

She says, “Radfield’s shortlisting for Emerging Franchisor of the Year means a huge amount. We recognised very early on that the success of our franchise partners depended on the support we can offer them, which has meant we have heavily invested in a strong support team, industry-leading software and a unique, 20-day franchise training programme.

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The Emerging Franchisor of the Year award acknowledges this, and highlights our focus on ethical, quality franchising. We cannot wait for the award ceremony!“

A flagship event in the franchising calendar for 22 years, the bfa awards strive to recognise the highest of standards amongst franchises. Earning a nomination is a huge achievement, proving that the business operates ethically, successfully and puts franchisees at the heart of the business.

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Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association (bfa), congratulated Radfield Home Care:

“The UK population is ageing, and Radfield Home Care is providing an extremely important service. Although only in its franchise infancy supporting a network of franchisees, but Radfield are providing support and building relationships with the most vulnerable in their local communities.

Their place among the finalists for the Emerging Franchisor of the Year is fully deserved, and I look forward to meeting the Radfield team again at the awards ceremony on June 27.“

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They will go face-to-face against two other franchise units in June from sectors in domiciliary care and installations.

By Emma Lumley

Source: BDaily

Radfield Home Care welcomes new franchise partners

June 11, 2019

Radfield Home Care is continuing its nationwide expansion of high quality care at home services, welcoming its latest franchise partners in Peterborough, Stamford and Rutland.

New owners James and Stefania Beech are now underway with their pre-launch activity; including recruitment of a registered care manager, office development and application to the Care Quality Commission.

This week the husband and wife team are also attending Radfield’s National Office for their first foundation week of their 20-day training and development programme.

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After a career starting out in the military, James spent over 15 years managing multiple private hospital sites, which is one of the reasons for initially investigating the home care marketplace.

He said: “The next step for me in my career was to look at launching our own business. Naturally, Radfield’s private home care model was well aligned with my skills and experience and so I went to meet them at one of their Discovery Days.

“I really enjoyed meeting the team and learning about what they had to offer, so from here it was largely down to weighing up the pros and cons of joining Radfield and launching my own business or remaining in employment. For me, being in control of my own destiny and developing a service that gives back to our local community was the clear winner.”

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Following completion of their foundation training week, James and Stefania will begin to work with the support team to develop and implement their marketing plan, begin their recruitment activity and prepare to onboard their first clients.

Radfield’s franchisor and founder, Dr Hannah MacKechnie commented on the organisation’s growing presence and recent successes: “We’re really pleased to welcome James and Stefania to the Radfield Home Care network of franchise partners. They are the latest franchise partners to join us who share our core values, have great leadership and management skills, and are eager to reap both financial and social rewards from their new business.

“Based in Peterborough, and surrounding areas, this gives the Radfield brand even further national presence and improved awareness – which benefits all of our franchise partners. Thanks to recent successes for a number of our franchise partners in regional awards and our national shortlisting for the British Franchise Association’s Emerging Franchisor of the Year, the national brand awareness is set to continue to develop in the months ahead; making now a fantastic time to join the franchise network.”

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Radfield Home Care has recently been nominated for Emerging Franchisor of the Year award in the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards. The winners will be announced at the Vox, Birmingham, on June 27.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Radfield Home Care prepares for growth with franchise support office

May 31, 2019

Family business Radfield Home Care has opened a new national support office in Shrewsbury as part of its growth strategy.

The new office is now the central hub for all of Radfield’s franchise operations; from management of all franchise partner support and training, to hosting monthly ‘franchise Discovery Days’ and one-to-one meetings.

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The move marks the start of the next chapter for the bfa’s Emerging Franchisor of the Year finalist, as it looks to bolster its support mechanisms in preparation for its anticipated growth over the coming months and years.

Cofounder and franchisor, Dr Hannah MacKechnie said: “We had a fantastic first two years recruiting and supporting our first franchise partners, and the new National Support Office is both the culmination of our success to date, and the foundation for our future development and growth.

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“It provides an environment where the entire support team can work collaboratively together, franchise partners can attend training sessions and forums, and those eager to join the network can come to attend our franchise Discovery Days and meetings to gain an insight into the Radfield business model, opportunity and culture. We are really excited for the opportunity the new location presents us and are eager for our franchise partners to reap the benefits in the coming weeks, months and years ahead!”

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Radfield said it is already reaping the benefits of the new National Support Office, launching its new monthly Discovery Day programme, implementing its upgraded care management technology and hosting its largest ever franchise partner forum.

By SARAH CLARKE

Source: Home Care Insight

Home care firm marks 200th office opening with Chester cathedral celebration

May 29, 2019

Home Instead Senior Care UK – A HOME care company, founded in Chester in 2005, was back in the city to celebrate the opening of its 200th franchise location at an event at Chester Cathedral.

Over 100 guests gathered to celebrate the role Home Instead Senior Care has played in the way home care is delivered to the elderly in the UK.

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Home Instead’s pilot office, which opened in Chester at the Chester Gates business park, is now owned and run by Chris and Sue Broadbent who were present at the event.

The company’s unique model earned the £170m turnover business a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2016.

The franchise provides care and companionship to more than 14,000 seniors across the UK and employs approaching 10,000 caregivers with ever-increasing demand for its services, driven by an ageing population.

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Also present at the event were Martin Jones, Managing Director of Home Instead; Dave Banark, COO of  US & Canada branch and Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchise Association. Guest of honour was Romesh Dharmasingham who is opening the company’s 200th office in Dorchester.

Speaking at the event, Martin Jones welcomed Romesh saying, “We are delighted to welcome Romesh to the Home Instead family.

“The company has some a long way since we set up in Chester and it’s lovely to be back in the City to celebrate reaching our 200th office.”

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By Mark Dowling

Source: Chester Standard