Pink Spaghetti celebrates first decade in business

November 25, 2019

A virtual PA business set up in Hartford and now based at Winnington Hall in Northwich has celebrated its tenth year in business.

Pink Spaghetti PA Services was established by friends Caroline Gowing and Vicky Matthews in 2009. The duo wanted to create a business that would allow them to achieve a better work-life balance.

Such was the popularity of their business which supported small business owners with secretarial, organisational and other tasks, such as social media, that the pair decided to franchise the business.

Speaking about this, Caroline said, “Our services were very much in demand in the local area and we felt that by following a franchise model we could extend the reach of what we were offering across the UK.”

The first franchise was sold in 2012, in Hampshire, and there are now 40 Pink Spaghettis in operation.

Picking up the story, Vicky said, “Both Caroline and I had corporate careers demanding long hours and business travel. It just didn’t fit with family life and so we set up Pink Spaghetti to allow us to take back control.

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“We knew that there would be many women who were caught in the same corporate trap; professionals who wanted a career but wanted it on their terms and who wanted to build their own business.

“A franchise business gives people the best of both worlds – independence but with the support of a proven business model and a network of like-minded individuals who become your work colleagues – without working in the same office!”

The business has collected a number of awards and are the only PA services company to feature in the Elite Franchise Top 100, a listing of the country’s leading franchise businesses. They were also named as winner of the Working Mums Franchise Award for Innovation 2018.

By Charlotte Gribbin

Source: BDaily

Pink Spaghetti Chester and North Wales wins national award

October 17, 2019

Michelle Collins, owner of Pink Spaghetti PA Services Chester and North Wales, has returned from the Approved Franchise Association Awards night triumphant, as the proud winner of the Franchisee of the Year award.

The AFA was set up in 2012 to support the rapidly growing UK Franchise Industry.

Their aim is to help grow and support the franchise industry in the UK by providing accreditation and membership to franchises of every size, and this year marked the inaugural annual conference and awards.

Michelle was thrilled to find out in July that she had been nominated for the Franchisee of the Year award, and travelled to Milton Keynes on Thursday, September 19 for the awards ceremony.

Michelle said: “I have been running Pink Spaghetti Chester & North Wales for the past five years, and have many happy customers who needed the 25th hour in the day my team and I provide.

“Providing an efficient service to satisfied customers is, of course, its own reward, but it’s always nice to be recognised for what you do, so I’m thrilled to be coming home with this award.”

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Michelle is going to have to make a space in her trophy cabinet as she is no stranger to winning industry awards. She is a Small Business Saturday #SmallBiz100 Alumni, and is the current Pink Spaghetti Franchisee of the Year. She has also won the Pink Spaghetti ‘People’s Choice’ award, as she is always willing to share her expertise, and is highly regarded within the nationwide Pink Spaghetti network.

Michelle understands her strengths, and is a capable businesswoman who regularly seeks opportunities to develop both her own skills as well as those of her team.

These are some of the strengths which won her the award. A spokesman for the AFA said: “The standard of application was so high and many awards so close.”

By Sallie Ehlen

Source: Cheshire Live