We are delighted to announce that four new Right at Home territories will be opening in 2021, in Bedford, Uxbridge, North London and the Isle of Wight.
This will take the Right at Home UK network to a total of 72 trading territories, in England, Scotland and Wales.
Earlier this month the owners of these four new franchises completed their initial training at our National Office (socially distanced, of course!)
The team at RaH HQ were so pleased to welcome visitors once again – and the newest members of our network gave great feedback on our fully-refreshed New Owner Training Programme.
Vicky and Paul Butler, the husband and wife team who are opening Right at Home (Isle of Wight), said: “We have wanted to run a business together for a long time, and after we saw the very difficult time that Paul’s family had, trying to find good care for his dad, it was a strong motivator to look at routes into the care sector.
“The support that Right at Home have given us so far has always been practical, with the best interests of us and our new business at heart, and that’s meant a lot, given that we’re on the brink of such a big new chapter in our lives!”
That advice included discussions over the timing of their business launch. Vicky and Paul say that whilst Covid was instrumental in giving them the push to move into business ownership, it also presented a challenge to their plans to get started.
“As we researched the business model, it became evident that during the first few months of trading, it’s really important for the franchise owner to be out marketing the business and raising brand awareness.
“Right at Home explained that whilst their established businesses were in a great position to support local authorities and the NHS as well as their own clients throughout lockdown, a new business would find it tougher to build its community connections, as so many other businesses and community groups were forced to close, or to move online in a limited capacity.
“We discussed our start-up options and were reassured to hear Right at Home say that ‘this was a marathon, not a sprint’ – and that there was absolutely no pressure for us to start up mid-pandemic if we didn’t need to.
“We agreed that the optimum route to start-up would be for me to remain in employment until Covid restrictions started to ease, and for Paul to join the business once it’s broken even, to make things easier for us financially and give the business the best possible platform for growth.
“It’s been a long wait though, and we’re absolutely delighted to be moving ahead with executing that plan now!”
Vicky and Paul are in the process of applying for CQC registration, along with their new manager Katie Meadows, and are hoping to move into their new office in Bembridge in July.