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.
“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