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Going into business was meant to be for this husband and wife team

Going into business was meant to be for this husband and wife team

With Guardian Angel Carers, Amal and Pip Bhurrut can follow a values-based life and be their own boss

Amal and Pip Bhurrut are the new owners of Guardian Angel Carers franchises for Mid-Sussex, Horsham and Crawley. Both know health and care well. Now they’re bringing their skills to the business of home care.

“It was meant to be,” says Pip, as she talks about how she and her husband Amal have gone into business together.

“We have an overwhelming desire to run a home care business because we know we can use our skills and offer the compassion needed to make a difference.”

Highly qualified

With 20-year careers in the NHS, both are highly qualified. Pip has a background in physiotherapy and specialises in chronic pain conditions. Amal is an intensive care nurse.

Care is a vocation handed down to them through both their families. Amal’s mother was a nurse and his grandfather received an MBE for his services to care in the community. Pip’s 101-year-old grandmother was a nurse and her mother a midwife. “There’s no getting away from it!” Amal laughs.

With Guardian Angel Carers, Amal and Pip feel they can follow a values-based life and be their own boss.

Not being ‘business people’, its proven franchise model offers them a great solution, with the infrastructure and high support ratio to develop the skills they need to succeed.

“It’s so good to know that if we have questions we can just ring our team at headquarters and get a solution in place,” Amal says. “Their flexibility is great.”

The couple’s route into Guardian Angel Carers goes back to Pip’s school days.

She knew founder Christina Bassadone and had enjoyed following her Olympic journey and subsequent business ventures into home care.

“It was when my dad needed care that we reconnected,” Pip says. “They did a wonderful job.”

Perfect timing

Now feels like the right time for home care, according to Amal and Pip. They’ve seen first-hand how older people are living longer with chronic conditions and know they can help.

“People want the choice to be at home when it comes to the point of care and more families appreciate that it’s now possible,” Amal says.

They’re excited to be part of a franchise family with a shared vision to positively evolve care. “There’s such a focus on looking after the team and clients,” Pip adds.

They intend to serve as ambassadors for the older generation in their franchise communities, sharing their knowledge and creating spaces to socialise.

“We love to give our skilled help, but also to engage with older people on a human level - to hear about their lives and stories,” Pip says.

Family focus

Pip and Amal also value the flexibility and family focus of the Guardian Angel Carers culture.

They hope these benefits will give them more family time doing the simple things, like going to the park, exploring nature and cooking.

They feel prepared and know they’ll be cool under pressure as they navigate this new route. “We’re ready - we’re definitely ready,” they agree.

At a glance

Established:

2012

Number of franchised outlets:

2

Location of units:

Spelthorne, Farnham

Investment range:

£28,500 (plus VAT), with a minimum capital investment of £50,000 Minimum required capital: £50,000

Contact:

Dan at franchise@gacarers.co.uk

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