Kare Plus supplies experienced care professionals to work in hospitals, nursing homes, residential homes and homecare services
Care & Elderly Services
Established in 2010, Kare Plus has been a rapidly expanding network supplying nurses and carers to the public and private healthcare sectors, local councils, and permanent staffing. The company expanded rapidly in 2010-15, at the same time broadening the range of services offered. Today Kare Plus can be found at 90 locations across England and Wales.
In 2016, Kare Plus franchisees began receiving Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration to allow them to deliver 24/7 domiciliary care services, with the number of franchisees achieving registration from the CQC and CSSIW (Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales) growing each year. Other services offered include specialist and non-specialist nursing, homecare, critical care and supported living.
Kare Plus franchisees delivered over a million hours of care in 2016, more than doubling the half-a-million figure for 2015. Kare Plus also saw an increase in staffing levels across the network: 200 per cent in nurses and 335 per cent in carers. These helped Kare Plus to win the ‘Best Service Range’ at the British Business Awards in 2016.
Kare Plus International was established in 2016, selling its first master franchise in Norway a year later. This was followed by the establishment of Kare Plus Ireland in 2018.
As well as being an associate member of the British Franchising Association, Kare Plus was accredited with the people management standard Investors in People in 2017.
Kare Plus began in 1989 supplying scrub nurses to hospitals in the Nuneaton area and supplying nurses to the NHS in 1993, before establishing its homecare service in 2002.
The Kare Plus model developed into one of the most diverse healthcare franchises available. The directors of Kare Plus all started with the company as franchisees, meaning they understand the needs of their franchise owners as well as their staff and clients.
Group managing director, Steve Welsh, and CEO, Tom Roe, both began their association with Kare Plus as franchisees. Seeing the possibilities that were opening up in the healthcare market, Welsh, at one time employed in international recruitment, used his knowledge of the business and experience owning a Kare Plus franchise to acquire the company.
Kare Plus began piloting a franchising scheme in 2008 and established Kare Plus Franchising Ltd. in 2010, selling its first franchise that same year. The company is now based in Telford, Shropshire.
Kare Plus’s management spend much of their time on developing new systems and processes, trying to stay one step ahead of innovations in technology and ever-shifting policies and regulations. The team works closely with Kare Plus franchise owners for long-term development and offer help which meets the needs of the industry and the franchisee.
Despite already having 90 franchises operating across England and Wales, the new Kare Plus franchisee still has plenty of territories to choose from. Recently, Kare Plus opened up four new territories in the Birmingham area, including Birmingham Central. These new opportunities offer a glimpse into the operation.
Each territory hosts a population of between 300,000 and almost 700,000, with up to 219 healthcare settings per territory, in a region that has proven successful in the past for the network.
Delivering high quality care and support services, Kare Plus is a preferred supplier to over 60 of the UK’s leading healthcare providers, so franchise owners enter the field with a ready-made market.
Although a part of the Kare Plus franchise business model is involved with supplying nurses, healthcare assistants and ancillary staff to NHS hospitals, residential homes, care homes, medical centres and other healthcare establishments, the Kare Plus franchise is designed to be flexible. Franchisees can choose to concentrate on delivering home care services, which fall into two categories:
The Homecare Offer, which combines a lower investment of £25,000 + VAT, where the franchisee would require an additional minimum working capital of £30,000.
The Dual Model Offer, in which, as well as providing domiciliary care, the franchisee also runs a second, separate but linked business of supplying care into residential and nursing homes. The franchise fee is £40,000 + VAT, and the suggested minimum working capital is £50,000.
Kare Plus has developed a proven business model that has been very successful, enabling the franchise to develop a good working relationship with many UK banks. Potential franchisees will have the option of taking out a loan to cover up to 70 per cent of the total cost of the franchise, giving them the chance to break-even within the first year.
From an initial enquiry, you will receive an application pack and undertake an interview with the head of franchise sales. If Kare Plus thinks you are the right person to take on a franchise, your territory can be secured with a deposit. Once you have your training dates agreed, the franchise agreement can be signed and training can begin.
The initial training involves a five-day classroom-based residential course, held at Kare Plus’s Telford HQ, where you can receive some one-on-one training from the franchise support team. The course covers compliance, sales training, publicity and marketing, recruitment and more.
Support from the Kare Plus franchise head office team is a telephone call away. They have a wealth of experience in marketing, compliance, recruitment, business development, home care, contracts, accounts and more to make sure your Kare Plus franchise will flourish. As part of the franchise fee, over £2,000 worth of marketing collateral and support is provided.
In January 2017, the company launched a new website designed to deal with the increased demand for Kare Plus franchise services. However, much of the work a franchisee will be involved in will be on the phone and face-to-face with clients as you develop your business.
The Kare Plus franchise network has expanded rapidly, but there are still territories for sale in the UK and Wales, including Cumbria, Carlisle, Devon, Plymouth, Torquay, Dorset, Weymouth, Herefordshire, Hereford, Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Scunthorpe, Somerset, Taunton, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Yorkshire, Barnsley, Doncaster, Harrogate, Hull, Scarborough and York. In Wales there are available territories in Aberystwyth and Wrexham. These opportunities may not be available for long, so always check with Kare Plus, who will also be able to advise should other areas become available.
Some franchisees may prefer to take over an already established business rather than begin a new business, thus avoiding the problem of finding a location and the costs associated with setting up. To find a Kare Plus franchise for resale in your area, you can contact Kare Plus’s franchise team for up-to-the-minute details.
In 2015, Vimal and Nitesh Amin were looking for a new challenge after their family business was sold - healthcare was one of the options they considered. With family and friends already involved in the sector, they saw its potential and, by early November 2015, they were the owners of Kare Plus Hertfordshire. With the drive and determination to succeed, the two went from training in October to winning their first client in December.
The brothers were able to break-even in less than three months and became the fastest Kare Plus franchisees to start making a profit.
The shortfall in the number of nurses in the UK has made the headlines regularly in the past couple of years, with figures continuing to grow, with a total of over 130,000 advertised in 2017 — up a fifth on the previous year. At the same time, applications dropped between 2015 and 2017 by 12.2 per cent, according to the NHS.
The shortage of nurses has meant an increase in the bill for agency nurses increasing to £2.4bn in 2017.
At the same time, the UK has an ageing population, the number of over 65s expected to grow from 11.6m in 2015 to 17.3m in 2035. 873,500 people received domiciliary care in 2014/15 and the number of likely to grow.
The NHS and local councils are expanding the Better Care Fund (BCF), which allows people to take care of themselves independently at home for as long as possible. This is an opportunity for those supplying home care services.
The first step to a Kate Plus franchise will be to fill out an application form and undertake an interview. To find out more, or to request further information on franchising with Kare Plus, click on the ‘Send Enquiry’ button now.
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