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Advice from the Experts: Ken Waterhouse, Managing Director of Home Care Preferred

May 19, 2017 10:59 am Published by

Ken Waterhouse, MD of Home Care Preferred, provides insight into what the company does best. Can you fill us in on the background of the franchise? When Home Care Preferred was started back in 2012, the plan was always to take the franchising route as we know it is one of the most effective ways to expand a business. However, we wanted to ensure that we have tried and tested our unique model of ‘One Stop Shop for Care’. In the last 5 years, we have done just that and in the process earned commercial success as well as public accolade, therefore in 2015 we decided to start planning for our franchise offering and we launched Home Care Preferred Franchise... View Article

Franchising in the last year and Brexit

February 14, 2017 10:22 am Published by

For 2015 and 2016, the franchise sector is expected to be valued at more than £15 billion in the UK economy, according to the bfa NatWest Franchise Survey 2015. That is a 10% increase from the 2013 survey and a 46% increase in the past decade. In 2015, 97% of franchisees reported profitability, a statistic expected to hold true for 2016 as well. The continued success and expansion of the franchise sector gives credit to the common claim that using a business’s tested, proven business model increases the likelihood of keeping doors open and reaching profitability quickly. Many franchisees enjoy this sense of stability and camaraderie as they start their business, as it enables them to be in control without... View Article

Patient Handling Equipment Market Is Expecting Worldwide Growth By 2021

February 3, 2017 6:07 pm Published by

Healthcare organisation are increasing the adoption of patient handling equipment to avoid the injuries often caused by manual handling. Patient handling tasks includes transferring, lifting, and re-positioning (turning patients in bed, giving patients baths on the bed, patient dressings, etc.) Patient handling equipment include stretchers, I.V. poles and accessories, operating table pads, armboard pads, wheelchair, medical beds, and scooters. Stretchers, wheelchairs, and scooters are used for moving patients who require medical care. Medical beds allow patients to change position for comfort and provide a comfortable sleep environment. Patient handling comprises the lifting, lowering, holding, pushing, or pulling of patients. Patient handling equipment are mobility, disability, and rehabilitation equipment specifically designed to provide comfort and quality of sleep to hospitalised patients... View Article

A message from Home Care Preferred’s founder on our 5th Birthday

January 12, 2017 3:36 pm Published by

Five years ago on 9th of January 2012, I started Home Care Preferred and at the time we had only 3 people at the office and a few care staff.  We have grown to a company employing over a 100 people and serving the same amount of clients.  The success of the business is due largely to the dedication of the team and the high levels of support our team members provide to our clients.  I am proud of our team and thank them for all their hard work and loyalty to the company.   We have exciting times ahead with the recent launch of our franchise business led by Navaniita Dhar.  We are also planning to launch HCP Social... View Article

Home Care Preferred’s Annual Christmas Awards

December 13, 2016 11:49 am Published by

  (Above photo shows, from Left: MP David Burrows and Motivational Speaker Mr Javed Moore, our Guest of Honours) Saturday 10th of December marked another evening of celebrations for Home Care Preferred. To welcome in the festive season, and celebrate the hard work of our brilliant team and the wider community, Home Care Preferred hosted its second annual awards ceremony. The ceremony recognised members of our own team as well as local figures in the community who are striving to make Enfield and the surrounding area a better, more inclusive, place. The nominees were voted for by their fellow colleagues, service users and their families, as well as healthcare professionals and prominent figures in the local community. The feedback we... View Article

How to choose a franchise

December 12, 2016 11:16 am Published by

Franchising is a means of starting and running your own business with a very high success rate, providing you choose a good franchise in the first place. There are never any guarantees in business, but you can increase your confidence and chances of success by following these key steps when considering franchise opportunities. Step 1 bfa membership. Whilst it is not a guarantee of business success, it does ensure that the franchisor has been independently measured using established membership criteria against a code of ethical franchising. Only those that pass the rigorous process can join – many are not able to reach the standards we set and uphold. Step 2 Your finances. Levels of investment range greatly from smaller amounts, that you... View Article

A Fresh Approach to Care

November 29, 2016 3:26 pm Published by

  Home Care Preferred is more than just a regular care agency. Established in 2012, the company leads with a new concept in care. The unique model includes high street premises that provide a one stop shop for care. Walk into a Home Care Preferred shop and you will receive a friendly welcome and expert, unbiased advice about independent living equipment and other care related matters. You can also buy a range of aids from the shop, this can be anything from comfort fit shoes to wheelchairs or bathing aids. With a catalogue of over 6,000 products, the shop provides an exhaustive list of various equipment that help individuals to lead a safe and independent life at home. The Home... View Article

Home Care Preferred Franchise Launch Raises Significant Interest

November 29, 2016 3:24 pm Published by

  It has been an exciting few weeks for Home Care Preferred. Following the launch of the franchise division of the business there have been significant enquiries from around the country. Nav Dhar, the Franchise Manager for Home Care Preferred, said: ‘Home Care Preferred provides a new concept in care. It is the country’s only care agency on the high street that provides a one stop shop for care. We believe that it is this concept that is attracting potential franchise owners to find out more about our model. There is a real interest in our business and what we offer is a unique business model with proven success”. Home Care Preferred is looking to recruit new franchise owners who... View Article

Not Just Another Care Agency

November 29, 2016 3:23 pm Published by

  Ken Waterhouse, started in the care sector in 1987 when he opened his first care home. Since then he has owned and operated very successful award winning care environments. Ken launched Home Care Preferred, his first domiciliary care service, in 2012. Home Care Preferred is not just another care agency and the uniqueness of the service that Home Care Preferred offers is prompted by a very personal experience in Ken’s life. It was while helping his mum Velma care for his terminally ill step-dad Bob that Ken’s views on long term care at home began to change. Even though he has been in the care sector for a long time, Ken realised that when an individual seeks care at... View Article