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UK CEO takes centre stage at International Franchise Association event

2024-04-05T15:53:01+01:00

Dan Archer named as the Key Speaker at the International Franchise Association Event

 

The International Franchise Association (IFA) announces that Dan Archer, UK CEO of in-home care franchise Visiting Angels, will be one of the keynote speakers at the upcoming International Market Entry seminar. Taking place at ExCel London on 11 April, this seminal event precedes the International Franchise Show (IFS) and aims to shed light on the multifaceted world of franchising opportunities between the US and the UK.

Man in blazer, smiling and holding a marker

Dan Archer, UK CEO – Visiting Angels

With an interesting track record of transforming the British social care sector, Dan represents the pinnacle of franchise success, having adapted and expanded the Visiting Angels’ carer-centric model to nearly 70 locations in the UK in just six years. His innovative approach and in-depth industry knowledge make him the perfect speaker to discuss the collaborative spirit and potential of franchising.

“Franchising is one of the greatest pathways to business ownership and brand expansion. One of the things people are surprised to see when they first enter the world of franchising is the collaboration between competing brands and the opportunities that are available around the world – and this is no different when it comes to the social care sector. This event will act as a hub for franchisors and prospective franchisees in a new market to share their expertise, form new partnerships and solidify existing friendships,”

said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of IFA.

At the heart of the seminar, Dan will share his unique insights and the Visiting Angels’ success story, encapsulating the transition of core values from the US to the UK market. His session is set to inspire and offer practical strategies for those looking to challenge industry norms and achieve franchise excellence.

“I’m honoured to contribute to this pivotal forum. Having been in franchising for three decades in various sectors, I’ve seen first-hand the power it has to transform lives. The conversations we will have at this event are going to open doors for many to join the rewarding world of franchising,” – Dan Archer

The event will include franchising, legal and financial experts to highlight the opportunities and challenges across both international markets. Established franchisors who have navigated both markets will share their stories from the hospitality, social care and children’s services sectors.

IFA invites current franchisors and businesses interested in exploring franchising opportunities to connect with the IFA team and gain further insight into this dynamic field. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Katelyn Russell at krussell@franchise.org

Following the seminar, IFA will continue its leadership role as the headline sponsor of the IFS at ExCel London from 12-13 April, showcasing more than 250 franchises and hosting educational sessions from top global brands. Last year’s event set a new record, attracting over 11,000 visitors from 46 countries.

Registration is free and available here.

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UK CEO takes centre stage at International Franchise Association event2024-04-05T15:53:01+01:00

Exploring the Benefits of a Franchise Business

2024-02-22T14:00:11+00:00

Exploring the Advantages of a Franchise Business

Benefits of a Franchise Business

When considering whether to start a business on their own or invest in a franchise, many aspiring entrepreneurs find themselves at a crossroads. While both methods have their advantages, today we’ll look at the compelling benefits that franchise businesses bring to the table.

Why Choose a Franchise Business?

Proven Business Models: One of the most major benefits of choosing a franchise is access to a proven business strategy. Franchisors have previously honed their operations, marketing tactics, and customer service practices, lowering the risks of beginning a new business from scratch.

Established Brand Recognition: Creating brand recognition from start can be a difficult task. Franchise businesses benefit from their parent company’s established brand recognition, which can lead to a loyal customer base from the start.

Comprehensive Training & Support : The franchisor provides comprehensive training and continuing assistance to franchisees, covering everything from initial setup to day-to-day operations. This support network can be helpful, especially for those who enter industries with which they are unfamiliar.

Economies of scale: Franchise businesses frequently use the combined purchasing power of the entire franchise network to negotiate better deals with suppliers, resulting in cheaper costs for individual franchisees.

Marketing and Advertising Assistance: Franchisees profit from the franchisor’s national and, in some cases, global marketing initiatives. This combined advertising effort not only saves individual franchisees time and money, but it also ensures that the brand message is consistent across all locations.

Consider Visiting Angels Care Franchise

Among the many franchise opportunities available, Visiting Angels Franchise stands out as a light of potential in the thriving home care business. Visiting Angels, the premier supplier of in-home care services for elderly, vulnerable and persons with disabilities- provides franchisees with a unique opportunity to make a significant difference in their communities while growing a profitable business.

Why Choose Visiting Angels Care Franchise?

Our Mission: By becoming a Visiting Angels franchisee, you are not only investing in a business, but also in a mission-driven organisation dedicated to improving the lives of Caregivers and redefining their roles in the society and by doing so, deliver a new standard of person centred care to their clients.

Proven Track Record: Visiting Angels has established itself as a trusted leader in the home care market and become the fastest growing Care franchise with 60+ offices in the UK in just over 5 years.

Comprehensive Support: From basic training to continuous operational support, Visiting Angels gives franchisees the tools and resources they need to thrive. The Visiting Angels Head Office assistance is available to all in the network, whether it’s for marketing assistance, recruitment, or training.

Booming Industry: As the population ages, the need for home care services increases dramatically. Investing in a Visiting Angels franchise business allows you to tap into a thriving market with plenty of room for growth.

Take the next step towards entrepreneurial success.

Are you ready to start your career as a franchise owner with Visiting Angels? Don’t pass up this fantastic opportunity to make a difference while attaining financial success. Click HERE to discover more about Visiting Angels’ franchising prospects and take the first step towards a successful future.

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In conclusion, the advantages of franchise enterprises are apparent, providing budding entrepreneurs with a proven business strategy, substantial brand recognition, and unrivalled assistance. Visiting Angels is more than just a business; it is a family of like minded individuals who are working towards the same goals and mission.

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Home Care Franchising Opportunities with Visiting Angels

2024-02-22T13:49:44+00:00

Home Care Franchising Opportunities with Visiting Angels

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Are you ready to venture into the world of entrepreneurship and make a meaningful impact on people’s lives? Starting a franchise business with Visiting Angels, the fastest-growing care franchise in the UK, could be your ticket to success and fulfillment.

Why Start a Business in Homecare?

The homecare industry is experiencing a significant boom, driven by the aging population and the increasing demand for personalized care services. As people strive to maintain their independence and quality of life while aging, the need for compassionate caregivers who can provide assistance with daily activities becomes paramount.

Franchise Business: A Lucrative Opportunity

Now, you might be wondering, why choose a franchise business model over starting from scratch? The answer lies in the proven success and support system that franchising offers. With Visiting Angels, you’re not just starting a business; you’re joining a trusted brand with a track record of excellence in the care industry.

Franchising provides you with:

  1. Established Brand Recognition: Visiting Angels is a well-known name in the care industry, We have been industry leaders for 25 years internationally and bring the same expertise to the UK market, which translates to instant credibility and trust in your local community.
  2. Comprehensive Training and Support: Whether you’re new to entrepreneurship or an experienced business owner, Visiting Angels offers comprehensive training and ongoing support to help you succeed.
  3. Proven Business Model: With Visiting Angels, you’re not reinventing the wheel. Our proven business model has been refined over years of experience, ensuring your success from day one.

Why Choose Visiting Angels?

Visiting Angels stands out as the premier choice for aspiring Business Owners looking to enter the homecare market. Here’s why:

  1. Unparalleled Support: From initial setup to marketing strategies and operational guidance through your dedicated Area Manager, Visiting Angels provides unmatched support every step of the way.
  2. International Support and Network : You get the peer support and expertise of a wide network – spanning up to the states where our Home Office is.
  3. High Demand, High Reward: The demand for homecare services is only expected to rise, making it a highly lucrative industry to invest in. With Visiting Angels, you’re not just in the business of caregiving; you’re making a difference in people’s lives while securing a profitable future for yourself.

Start Your Journey Today

If you have a passion for helping others and a drive to succeed in business, there has never been a better time to start a franchise business with Visiting Angels. Join the ranks of successful Business Owners who are making a difference in their communities while reaping the rewards of their hard work.

Current Opportunities

North

  • York
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Merseyside
  • Bradford
  • Lancaster
  • Middlesbrough
  • Northumberland
  • Durham
  • West Yorkshire
  • West Lancashire
  • Warrington
  • Chester
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Inverness
  • Dundee
  • Fife
  • Glasgow

Midlands

  • Walsall
  • Chesterfield
  • Wolverhampton
  • Loughborough
  • Lincolnshire
  • Derbyshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Shropshire
  • Birmingham

South

  • Gloucester
  • Cheltenham
  • Bristol
  • Newport
  • Colchester
  • Bath
  • Swindon
  • Brighton
  • Plymouth
  • Exeter
  • St Ives

Don’t miss out on this golden opportunity to start a care franchise with Visiting Angels and embark on a fulfilling and profitable journey in the booming homecare industry. Contact Visiting Angels today to learn more about franchise opportunities and take the first step towards realizing your entrepreneurial dreams.

The above list is indicative, If your current location is not listed , please reach out us directly for a chat about available territories.

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Home Care Franchising Opportunities with Visiting Angels2024-02-22T13:49:44+00:00

Visiting Angels- A Thousand Tiny Thank Yous- Conference & Awards

2024-02-01T14:18:26+00:00

Visiting Angels- A Thousand Tiny Thank Yous- Conference & Awards

On November 25th, 2022, Visiting Angels hosted its Annual Conference and Awards ceremony at The Edwardian, Manchester. The event brought together franchisees, registered managers, and staff members from across the country to learn, network, and celebrate the achievements of the past year.

The conference started with a welcome address by MD, Dan Archer, who highlighted the company’s growth and success in the last year. He recognized the hard work and dedication of the franchisees and their teams in providing high-quality, compassionate care to seniors in their communities and for being a shining example of Carer Centricity.

The keynote speakers included decorated professionals Steve Backley OBE and Roger Black MBE other speakers included professionals from Business, Digital Media, Training and motivational fields. They shared their expertise and insights on various topics. The attendees also participated in workshops and roundtable discussions that addressed specific challenges and opportunities in their roles as registered managers or business owners.

After a long day of conference, we put our glad rags on for the Evening gala which kicked off with a round of bubbly Prosecco followed by a Thanksgiving-themed food. The attendees socialized, and shared their experiences and insights from the conference. The event created a sense of community and camaraderie among the franchisees and their teams, and a renewed commitment to be Carer Centric.

The highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony, which recognized the outstanding achievements of Franchisees, Caregivers, and Registered Managers. The awards were presented by Visiting Angels’ MD- Dan Archer.

Here are some of the winners and their comments:

Franchisee of the Year: Visiting Angels North Surrey ( Lynn & Chris James)

“We were absolutely delighted to be presented with the Franchisee of the Year Award at the national conference this year. It was especially heart-warming that our start up team attended the conference with us and for them to witness the amazing growth of the network since last years conference. We are looking forward to an even bigger conference next year.”

Brand Champion of the Year : Visiting Angels South Hertfordshire ( Gareth Redmayne )

“When I signed up to Visiting Angels in 2019, it was a huge leap of faith as there were no other franchisees operating in the UK. However I knew how successful Visiting Angels was over in the US and I was confident that this success could be replicated in the UK. I have been completely right!

Since starting my Visiting Angels branch in South Hertfordshire, I have worked hard to set up a business that truly looks after both clients and caregivers. I have been resolute in keeping to key brand promises like being carer-centric as well as ensuring that our care calls are a minimum of one hour. I was delighted when the Care Quality Commission rated us as “Good” in November 2021 due to the high quality care we provide.

I have also tried to be available to my fellow franchisees who have given me so much support. As the network has grown, some really capable franchisees have joined Visiting Angels from a huge range of backgrounds. Visiting Angels is growing strongly into a market leader in care and I do believe that this is down to both the talent of the team at national office as well as the excellent franchisees joining VA.

I was thrilled that Visiting Angels South Herts was recognised at our Annual Awards Dinner in November 2022 with the Brand Champion award. It was great to receive such a positive endorsement from the Visiting Angels top team that we are delivering care in line with Visiting Angels high standards. It was equalling thrilling to be congratulated by our franchisee peers who see Visiting Angels South Herts as setting the standard in the network. ”

Newcomer of the Year: Visiting Angels North Shropshire ( Nicky Sealey & Mark Goodall)

“It is an absolute delight to be working alongside the rest of the family at Visiting Angels and fantastic to receive newcomer of the year! It’s been hard work but our team are making such a difference in the community with quality care. We are bonding with the community and bringing our company values of Nimble, Family, Freedom and Relationships to the heart of what we do. We are very proud of our team and the differences they are making; we shout about them at every opportunity as we are so proud of them. It was a pleasure to be rewarded and to feel so valued as one of the newer franchisees.”

Registered Manager of the Year : Shannon Middleton Wearne (Visiting Angels East Dorset)

“The Annual conference and Awards Ceremony ‘A Thousand Tiny Thankyous 2022’ is one that I will never forget throughout my whole career. The conference was exceptional, the workshops were full of knowledge, guidance and support for the topics I had picked and I came out of the day feeling truly inspired. The Awards Ceremony was even better than I had anticipated.. to be recognised, nominated and to then win two awards, to be selected as ‘Visiting Angels Registered Manager of the Year 2022’. This was a huge milestone in my career, to which resulted in me feeling fully supported, appreciated and encouraged to continue to be my true and authentic self as I continue my professional career with Visiting Angels UK in the Adult Health and Social Care Sector.”

Caregiver of the Year: Jane Woodhead (Visiting Angels East Staffordshire)

” The award was totally unexpected however I felt totally overwhelmed and was delighted to be so appreciated for the first time in my 34 year career.”

In conclusion, Visiting Angels’ Annual Conference and Awards 2022 was a resounding success, showcasing the company’s commitment to carer centricity. The event brought together franchisees and their teams from all over the country to learn, grow, and celebrate their achievements. Congratulations to all the winners, and best wishes for another great year of serving seniors with dignity and respect.

Stay Tuned for updates about this years conference and awards , scheduled for December 2nd, 2023 in Birmingham.

Visiting Angels- A Thousand Tiny Thank Yous- Conference & Awards2024-02-01T14:18:26+00:00

Visiting Angels West London Makes it to What Franchises’ Franchisee of the Year 2022 list

2023-01-19T14:35:09+00:00

When it comes to challenging times to launch a franchise in the care sector, it doesn’t get much worse than right at the beginning of a global pandemic.

Hammad Cheema received the licence for his Visiting Angels franchise in West London just three days before the first lockdown in 2020, which not only overturned his launch strategy but created unprecedented challenges for even the most experienced business owners in the sector.

“We were unable to market the business through the usual channels,” explains Hammad, who formerly worked in the banking sector. “Instead, we had to find other opportunities and accept there would be slower business growth during the first six months of lockdown. Rather than following the traditional marketing channels, we allowed our name to spread in the community and amended our marketing strategy to encompass more digital. We focused on doing the right thing for the circumstances, such as delivering groceries to vulnerable people, taking cakes and pastries to hospital wards for NHS staff, and leaving our business cards. We let people know we existed, and we supported and helped the wider community where we could.”

Hammad has demonstrated that franchisees can achieve massive success in the most difficult circumstances by being both resilient and proactive. By re-approaching his marketing strategy and bringing an in-house digital marketing specialist into the team, Hammad made sure he was always in the right place at the right time and has reaped the benefits of adopting a rigorous, thorough and devoted approach.

Exceptional standards

Smart social strategies might help spread the message, but Hammad’s success is primarily down to one vital factor – he defines what it takes to maintain exceptional standards in care for the elderly and vulnerable. Hammad won Visiting Angels’ coveted International Franchisee of the Year award in 2021, and since has risen to higher levels in ensuring the delivery of his services is not only acceptable but industry-leading. This is reflected in his most recent financial performance, which saw him run a 133 per cent profit margin while turning over £1.3m.

With 77 care providers and 65 clients, Hammad has been a key figure in the London community for spearheading a new approach to high-quality, attentive care. With one of the larger teams in the Visiting Angels network, Hammad is a key driver for supporting the franchise in its pursuit of becoming the UK’s go-to employer of choice in the care sector.

“Going above and beyond lies at the core of our ethos,” says Hammad. “The sector has received bad press for providing poor care to the elderly and vulnerable, so we put our caregivers front and centre as the face of the company. We make sure we look after them, so they in turn give the best care to our clients. It starts with recruitment and selecting the right individuals – filtering out those who are truly passionate about care. And then we ensure they’re happy and motivated in their work by understanding what they need and want. Focusing on our staff in this way means they go above and beyond, leading to better care and happy clients.”

Hammad’s approach to recruitment and investing in people has resulted in a devoted and expert team, which is reflected in the quality of care that is delivered in his communities as well as their devotion to Visiting Angels as their employer.

“It has been a wonderful experience being an Angel at Visiting Angels West London,” says Alinne Gerbase, homecare assistant at Hammad’s West London branch. “It’s fundamental to promote a high quality of care supporting individuals’ needs, wishes and beliefs; and it is much better to fulfil this goal when you feel supported by the company you work for. Thanks, Visiting Angels for allowing me to value our service users.”

Empathetic approach

Hammad understands fully how difficult it is for families to look after someone who’s vulnerable. He has deep empathy for his community and understands his duty to support these people. His empathy spills into his team and the wider franchise community, and he regularly encourages his caregivers to do that little bit extra for clients at every opportunity, even if it occasionally means losing out on money.

Franchisees reach out to Hammad for advice on business and he’s always happy to take on the extra responsibility – his contribution and expertise can now be seen throughout the Visiting Angels UK network. He takes regular opportunities to share his own experiences which have been incredibly positive in helping other franchisees, especially those who are new to the network.

“Before they join, head office refers enquiries to me so I can give them a completely transparent picture,” says Hammad. “I’m careful to share the challenges as well as the benefits,” he points out.

“After they’ve signed, I continue to share what I know – from business strategies to setting up an office and team. Sharing helps me to grow too and we reach out freely to each other. It’s not one-way traffic – we all share knowledge and advice with each other across the network.”

Community matters

Hammad has instilled a real sense of community and family into the running of his franchise – vital qualities for franchisees to possess in the domiciliary care sector. He has constantly strived to go above and beyond to make as many connections as possible, partnering with Age UK and other local charities in order to run dementia seminars for the community.

“We do lots of community engagement work and connect with non-profit organisations, like Age UK, to provide winter galas and tombolas for everyone in the community, not just our clients,” he explains. This allows any elderly person who needs assistance and advice access to his franchise, an empathetic approach to business, which has been consistent from day one.

Hammad truly believes in Visiting Angels’ mission of wanting to change the face of care in the UK. In an industry rife with complaints and criticism, Hammad has given great attention to why this is, and he looked at what more can be done for the faces of the industry – caregivers.

Professional strengths

An ability to step back from daily operations and look at the bigger picture is so important.

Proudest achievement

When we started the business at the beginning of the first COVID lockdown, there were significant challenges. I’m proud that we grew the business against adversity to achieve the biggest franchise growth at Visiting Angels.

Article Credit : What Franchise

Visiting Angels West London Makes it to What Franchises’ Franchisee of the Year 2022 list2023-01-19T14:35:09+00:00

QnA with Nicky Sealey – Visiting Angels North Shropshire

2023-08-15T10:01:44+01:00

What did you do before you were a franchisee with Visiting Angels?

I was a registered manager for another Care provider in Essex.

Why franchising and why Visiting Angels?

I worked for a franchise provider and thought that there was still more work to be done and that things could still be done better. I found VA after Googling, spoke with Dan via email and WhatsApp and met him online. We then discussed it as a couple and planned to meet with Dan at National Office. We had a couple of meetings and scooted around at other franchises and then decided that the ethos to be carer centric matched our vision of what we wanted to achieve.

What prompted this decision?

Dan was very approachable and friendly – we liked the values of nimble, freedom, family, and relationships and this fitted with what we wanted to achieve.

How did you find out about the opportunity?

Online, by googling and searching. We looked at other franchises too but the mission to be employer of choice stood out and the values were exactly what we were looking for.

Why were you drawn to a care and health-related industry?

It’s what I have worked in for the last 15 years, the social care sector needs change and I feel that we really can make a difference with our carer centric approach.

What job satisfaction does it provide?

No day is the same! It’s fast paced, there are tears of sadness and joy, a satisfaction I have not known in any other sector. I have been a London based PA and I wouldn’t change this for the world!

How was the beginning? And the training and support, both initially and ongoing?

Training was completed at National Office; it was thorough and there was a lot to learn even though I already had so much knowledge. We have amazing support from Tray, the Area Manager. She visits us regularly and calls us to see how we are and whether we need anything. She’s amazing, everyone needs a Tray!

Managing Directors of Visiting Angels North Shropshire- Nicky Sealey & Mark Goodall Recently won the Newcomer of the year award at the Visiting Angels Annual Conference

How is business so far?

We are in our 7 months of trading, just hitting 300 hours with 18 carers and 100% retention so we are getting good at being carer centric! We have another 4 on training this week and 2 that are sitting in the wings waiting for DBS.

What are your plans for the future of the business?

To grow, to keep doing what we are doing and to keep being carer centric. We will be the employer of choice locally and if the other franchises are on board too, we will be the employer of choice for the UK without a doubt!

Describe a typical day –

From when I first hit the office, sometimes I am an early bird and in by 7.30am sometimes I cheekily grab a coffee on the way and arrive a bit later, I meet with the office team and we have a huddle and talk about plans for the day, any concerns. I have an input with carers and clients – I love visiting the clients and just having a cup of tea and taking them a treat. It’s just lovely to see everyone and hear the stories and gather the evidence of what the angels are achieving. My day finishes around 5 to 6, I sometimes work at home, that’s what’s great about having a secure office team, I do not always need to be there, they have got this, and I am very proud of the whole team!

How has your life changed since you launched your Visiting Angels franchise?

It just got busier – we moved to a rural part of Shropshire from Essex and are surrounded by beautiful views and a fantastic community – VA gave us the chance to do that, to move on to work for ourselves and create a better environment for everyone!

Would you recommend franchising to others? Any advice/tips for those considering a change of career?

Think about what you’re doing, think hard, plan for a busy time, it’s not all tea and cake, be prepared to fully invest and support your team, you will eat, live, breathe and sleep VA – but there’s nothing better or more rewarding!

Stop by Visiting Angels North Shropshire’s social media and have a look at their Carer Centric feed!

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QnA with Nicky Sealey – Visiting Angels North Shropshire2023-08-15T10:01:44+01:00

Visiting Angels Nominated for Leadership and Culture award and as the Emerging Franchisor award at BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards

2022-11-15T17:11:16+00:00

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Visiting Angels has been shortlisted in the Franchisor Leadership and Culture category as well as the Emerging Franchisor category of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards

Visiting Angels is one of America’s largest home care franchises. Founded 1998, the brand has over 700 franchisees operating in 5 countries. Visiting Angels’ mission is to become the UK care sector’s employer of choice by 2022. To achieve this, the brand has positioned itself in the UK as being ‘carer-centric’ – something which MD, Dan Archers, says is a first for not only a care franchise, but a care company .

Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the franchising industry and set to take place on 24 November in Birmingham, the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and finalists are definitely ones to watch.

​​This year saw a record number of entries submitted across all categories, leading to an overall increase versus 2021. Despite what continues to be challenging times for most independent businesses, the franchising sector has shown strength and resilience. As a result, many bfa members have reported strong financial performance and continue to build strong, healthy networks.

Visiting Angels will be battling it out against three other franchise brands to take home the coveted Leadership and Culture accolade and against two more franchisors for the Emerging Franchisor title.

The Leadership and Culture category represents passion and commitment to caring for the development, wellbeing and success of the brand’s employed people and their franchisee network.

Pip Wilkins, CEO of the British Franchising Association, congratulated category finalists:

“This category has been particularly sought after in the past few years. As with any with any business the real test on leadership and culture comes during the toughest times and I think its fair to say we have had a fair few of those in recent years. Huge congratulations to Visiting Angels and fellow finalists in a category that are really shining examples of what should be done to achieve change together and remain united in its goals and objectives.”

Gillian Morris, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said:

The annual awards are a celebration of the achievements of the franchise sector, as well as the high standards of the finalists, their innovation and resilience demonstrated over the past year. We look forward to celebrating success with Visiting Angels and their team.

Becoming a finalist in the Emerging Franchisor category is recognition of the strong foundations and leadership needed in the build and growth phase of any brand and business journey. Finalists have shown a real passion for their brand and their people.

To be announced as a finalist for this award is a huge achievement and a real testament to the brand’s hard work and determination. Each year, these awards let us show franchisors that we’ve noticed their efforts, we’ve recognised their positive intention and fantastic impact on their network and the industry and we are thankful for their commitment. A big congratulations to the whole Visiting Angels team. – Pip Wilkins

For the full list of nominees at this year’s bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, visit HERE.

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Visiting Angels Nominated for Leadership and Culture award and as the Emerging Franchisor award at BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards2022-11-15T17:11:16+00:00

International Women’s Day Spotlight – The Powerful Female Business Owners of Visiting Angels

2022-04-21T16:07:42+01:00

International Women’s Day Spotlight – The Powerful Female Business Owners of Visiting Angels

 

Visiting Angels was born in the UK in 2017 and has grown exponentially over the 5 years with more than half of our franchisees being female owned/ part owned and led . Strength, resilience, and intelligence is what runs the business and grows it. The women of Visiting Angels are an embodiment of it. Their innate nature of care is synonymous with the industry that depends and thrives on it and that is what sets them up for success.

On the occasion of International Women’s day, let’s learn a little more about some of our Female owned franchisees – and the women who have inspired them.

Every Woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on” – Serena Williams.

Helen Lofts – Visiting Angels East Staffordshire

Helen Lofts

Why would I wish to have the stress and challenges of running a business that operates 24/7?  Why would I invest my savings to start that business in the middle of a global pandemic? Those really were the two big questions I asked myself before starting on the path of buying and running a home care franchise.

How did I answer those questions in my own mind?  Well, I have never shied away from hard work having previously managed a 24/7 hotel and I was confident of my own ability to build a profitable carer centric business.

The women who nurtured me in my family were all strong, determined individuals who worked hard and looked after, cared for and provided for the family.  That feeling of being cared for and valued now feeds into our family of caregivers, listening to them, helping them to grow and progress by empowering them in their role.

I am so proud of what we are building and how that caring for our team ultimately means that we provide the best care for our clients.

Nicky Sealey – Visiting Angels North Shropshire

When asked the questions which woman has inspired you I think a lot of people will say that this may be their nan, mother, daughter, sister, someone close to them in their family, or maybe even a famous person.  My inspiration into becoming a female Franchisee for Visiting Angels with carer centric values has come from a previous client.

Nicky Sealey & Buddy

When I met her, she was in her late 70’s and had approached me, reluctantly, to help her care for her mother who had just celebrated her 100th birthday and was completely bed bound and needing the help of two carers.  The lady had her own health issues, and it became evident, very quickly, that she regularly neglected herself to care for her mother. We formed a very strong bond, and our relationship grew in trust.  She let me in to her life and her care journey.

I found that she had been a district nurse and spent over 60 years in the profession, often looking after neighbours who were on end-of-life care and doing this in her own time and without help.  She amazed me in her strength and character.  She came from an old school nursing background where things were very different.  She found the introduction of hoists and slings, risk assessments, regulations, and paperwork in caring for her own mother an interference, inconvenient and unnecessary and we had many heated conversations regarding this.  We spent many hours talking of her experiences and the different caring world now.  I saw an elderly lady, but the professional nurse behind this was determined, frustrated, tired and wanted to care for her own mother, her own way, in the end of her life path.

She would tell me stories, sometimes they were funny and sometimes they were sad, and there were often tears, but I would not change them moments – to feel these raw emotions – emotions of a care journey in different times – pushed me to change my own care journey for the better.  This was a huge privilege for me. To be let into someone’s life so closely, at one of the most poignant times, to be considered good enough to support in the final moments of her mother’s life was just a sheer privilege.

As I watched her determination and strength to care for her mother until her final day, I realised that I could change the outcome and could make a difference for carers by understanding their choices and daily struggles and resonating with them.  By being carer centric I can be a better person, a better manager, a better leader and my team can have a better quality of working life which will impact on them having a better-quality home life. That’s when my franchisee journey really began.

The inspiration I received from this lady is second to none and may be something I never come across again.  She really made a difference to me.

Sarah Hamblin – Visiting Angels Northamptonshire

Sarah Hamblin

As a female business owner there is a great deal of juggling to accomplish. Women, historically, are seen as home makers, domestic godesses. Perhaps this is not so prevalent in Western society anymore, but within my own self there is still a desire to be a good Mum, daughter, friend, leader and disciple.

The woman who inspires me the most is my own Mum. Born during the Second World War she lost her own mother shortly following her birth from a blood clot which travelled to her heart after Mum’s birth. Her Father, an entrepreneur, died when she was 4 years old and she was passed from pillar to post until she came to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Her Uncle died when Mum was studying for her A levels and so she left school to take care of her Aunt and the finances.  Mum’s own first experience of giving birth was traumatic. An undiagnosed, complex breech birth led to my sister,  Mandy, being born with severe cerebral palsy. Mum brought up a disabled child, championing relentlessly for support and education for Mandy, as well as my brother and I. She succeeded and Mandy received a good education and is now living in her own home with 24/7 care support. Finally, in her late 30s she realised her dream of becoming a teacher, studying for years whilst looking after us all. In her 80s now she still volunteers at the local community library to ensure it does not close to her community, helps to run a community based cafe and after being approached by her GP now also runs a dementia cafe.

My drive is to be an inspiration to others just as my Mum has shown me. To create a business where kindness, love and care are at the centre of everything we do. To provide care at home for other amazing people, like my Mum, to stay at home and continue to lead rich and full lives, being supported to remain independent.

Kya Safari – Visiting Angels East Nottinghamshire

Kya Safari

Growing up in an environment where male privilege was dominant, my dreams as a female didn’t matter much. It was okay not to aspire to reach the stars so to speak. My mum was the biggest influencer in my life, she was different.

Her mantra “if others can do it why not you” was our spur in the face of challenges. She wanted more for me, and she made sure that I knew my self-worth and taught me how to be tough, resilient and fiercely independent. Her determination and will power in the face of challenges was a force to reckon with. “Believe in yourself, remember with God is sight nothing is impossible.” She believed in the power of prayers and hard work. These words reinforce my resolve in the face of challenges.

I have always been business minded but my drive and passion are highly driven by my mum’s personal story. She went from being a housewife of 14 years to a single mum of 4. A high school graduate she started as a secretary in her 40s, graduated with a BA Honours in Public Administration in her 50s.She rose through the ranks to become the Director/Head of the Hansard Unit of the National Assembly of The Gambia.

Her favourite quote – “if your dreams don’t scare you, you aren’t dreaming big enough” Ellen Sirleaf Johnson former President of Liberia

Heidi Nursey – Visiting Angels Central Lancashire

Heidi Nursey

I watched my mother. Something I didn’t even know I did until I looked back. She was a nurse all her life. But I watched her at home give, love, care for others at every opportunity. She took me with her to deliver Christmas presents to homeless shelters, to hold donation boxes in the town centre, I sat at the dinner table with countless guests who would have otherwise eaten alone that day. She led me, by example, down a path that saw me join the Police Force. I watched her make a difference and I wanted to do the same.

Years later, I am reimagining my career path. I take with me an undeniable example of hard work and a caring nature. A desire, nurtured in me since I was a child, to care for others. A determination that was refined in the fires of the Police Force to help people. A life-long habit of reaching out to others. Now I am walking a path with Visiting Angels. This is me making a difference, just like my mother. What more could I want as a woman in this world? And now I have daughters of my own… watching me

Lannette Manalo Murray – Visiting Angels South Middlesex

Lannette Manalo Murray

Hi, I’m Lannette Manalo Murray – Marketing Director for the South Middlesex office. I am honoured to be part of such a great team. I lead a super hectic lifestyle juggling being a wife to our office MD Andrew,  and mother to two children.  I am the eldest to three sisters myself so growing up in my household was a very female, caring orientated, busy yet fun environment. Caring for others just runs through our veins. Whilst my husband and father-in-law are in charge of the care side of VA, I’m more the corporate brand sidekick to them.

Running a business with my husband and working full time elsewhere requires so much strength and determination. You just cannot give up and have to mentally tell yourself you have to keep going if not for yourself, but for your family that rely on you. My late mother is my inspiration for all things in my life. She sadly lost her battle to cancer at 60 and even before she was diagnosed,  I often wonder how she managed being a wife and a mother to four girls, work full time, home cook meals everyday and always kept our house running like clockwork. My motivation and strength is always thinking if my mother can do this surely ‘SO CAN I’

Lynn James – Visiting Angels North Surrey

Lynn James

“Mum! The washing machine isn’t working…”As I lie on the floor with my head under the sink, I ask (loudly), “why, as the only woman in a house of 4 men, I’m the one solving this problem?”

The answer is simply because I can, and I blame my Mother!

My Mum could literally turn her hand to anything and when I’m asked about my journey into company ownership, I think I’ve simply inherited and absorbed her skills, abilities and resilience as well as an ethic of hard work – she often had 3 jobs on the go as well as running the home and family. We even had my Nana living with us for a spell and my Mum also cared for her. I also went to a school that valued girls and was surrounded by friends who have all gone on to have good careers.

Lynn , her mother & her family at a fundraiser in 2019

My Mum, also a foster carer, was a wonderful role model in caring and hard work, but the many women I’ve met along the way have also inspired me to ‘do care right’. In my 30 year care career, I’ve met countless wives in their 80’s caring for their husbands with dementia and these women desperately needed support, only to find that the care that came just wasn’t right for their situation. This inadequate care sadly often led to a breakdown in the care at home and premature admission into a care home and splitting up of couples who had usually been together for over 60 years!

These amazing resilient women are my inspiration to get care right for everyone we meet. I want families to stay together for as long as they can. I bought my company when I was age 52 and it is a culmination of both positive and negative experiences. It’s never too late……and you’re never too old.

My 82 year old , now partially sighted Mum is currently busy organising a charity fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis at the end of this week for over 200 people, and I’ll be there to help.

Nicola Lintott – Visiting Angels Cambridgeshire

Nicola Lintott

Most of my career has been in the pharmaceutical industry where I was inspired by some great female leaders, the most important advice I was given was to be myself, to be authentic and  be confident in my knowledge and ability. I always remember meeting a new National Sales and Marketing Director who had just joined following maternity leave after having her third child. She was a role model, it made me realise that you didn’t have to choose between a family and career. This gave me the confidence to pursue my career and I later became the only female Business Director in a team of men.

Moving abroad and working in a global role broadened my horizons further and I had the privilege of working with many amazing women who had accomplished so much despite the barriers they faced, they were true to themselves, determined and importantly, supported in their endeavours. For Visiting Angels in Cambridgeshire, the  biggest impact I can make is supporting and developing our Visiting Angels staff to be the best they can be.

 

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International Women’s Day Spotlight – The Powerful Female Business Owners of Visiting Angels2022-04-21T16:07:42+01:00