Franchising

By the very fact that you are visiting our Franchise Website it might be a reasonable assumption to make that you know a bit about franchising as a business model. This may however not be the case and even if it is, there might be some information contained in this section that will help you make a decision about owning a Sylvian Care franchise.

Business Format Franchising, to give it its full title, is a proven method of starting your own business. All business start ups involve an element of risk, of course.

As we have already explained, operating as a Sylvian Care Franchisee will give you access to training as well as an operating system and a methodology for running a Domiciliary Care business that has already been proven and tested and importantly, has a track record of success and profitability.

Building your franchise will still involve hard work on your part and we will expect you to follow our ‘system’, after all that is how we successfully grew our own business.

As your franchisor, we are there to help and support you during the lifetime of our partnership. It has been said many times before, but we feel that it is worth repeating, we will only be successful based on the success of our franchisees. We therefore have a vested interest in ensuring that you realise your business ambitions.

The facts about Franchising from an independent survey carried out by NatWest Bank & The British Franchise Association.

  • The franchise industry is worth £17.2 billion to the UK economy
  • There are over 900 ‘franchise systems’ operating in the UK (most of them you will never have heard of)
  • This accounts for over 48,000 franchise units
  • Over 71,000 people make a living in franchised businesses

Possibly the most compelling argument to buy a franchise instead of starting as an independent is illustrated by the following facts.

The survey reported that:

  • 93% of franchised businesses reported profitability
  • The percentage of franchised businesses that suffer commercial failure is 0.9% vastly lower than the figure for the non franchised sector.

The above facts illustrate why the major High Street Banks support franchising as a business model and will lend up to 50% of the required capital to help you start your business. If you feel that owning a SylvianCare business is right for you but you lack the required capital then we would like to hear from you as we can introduce you to a number of parties who may be willing to offer funding.

As a Sylvian Care Franchisee your goal will be to provide suitable care and support for vulnerable adults within your local community. Your clients are likely to have a wide range of reasons for needing care ranging from lack of mobility through to Dementia. As a Domiciliary Care business we provide all of our services in the clients’ own homes thus allowing them to maintain a level of independence which is important to them.

For individuals with a need for ‘all round’ care you will be able to offer various Live –In Care Packages. This will, as the name suggests, be where your carers will live in the clients’ homes providing full time care. This may be required for a short period of time for example, during a recuperation period after a stay in hospital or indeed it may be a permanent solution to care and one which can prove to be more economical and indeed more appealing to the client than Residential Care or multiple visits by a carer every day.

Our business model is a ‘Management Franchise’. We do not expect you to personally provide the care. Your role will be to manage the business and to source suitable care staff.

As a Sylvian Care business owner, you do not need to have care qualifications or a background within the industry. If this is the case, then we would help you recruit a suitably qualified Care Manager. This would be required in order for you to gain the necessary Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration, which we successfully gained in 2014.

The role of a Sylvian Care Franchisee is varied and above all rewarding. You will find yourself carrying out the following tasks:

  • Recruiting, training and managing your own staff
  • Interviewing, assessing and recruiting suitable care staff
  • Along with your Care Manager (if applicable) training your care staff to meet the Sylvian Care standards
  • Visiting Prospective Client’s to assess their needs
  • Preparing individual client care packages
  • Forming close relationships with the relevant local authorities

As well as all of the above you will, as the business owner, have the responsibility for the overall management of your franchise. As you can see Sylvian Care Franchisees can look forward to a varied and challenging career.