Our Right at Home East Lancashire and the Ribble Valley owner, Julie Foote is hoping to be named the Woman Franchisee of the Year 2016 in the NATWEST EWIF Awards, which recognise the success of women in the franchise sector.
Julie, has owned her Right at Home business since 2011, when she became the third franchise owner in the UK to join the brand.
Based in the former Post Office on Whalley Road in Wilpshire, Julie and her manager Elsa Holmes manage a team of more than 30 carers, delivering companionship, personal care and household support that allows older people and adults living with physical or mild learning disabilities to enjoy their independence while living at home.
Julie specialises in supporting people affected by dementia, offering Dementia Friends awareness sessions, tailored home care support and even pet therapy sessions with Right at Home’s trained Dementia dog, Guinness.
The role has seen Julie become well-known in the local area as she has strived to increase the number of people who can benefit from improved healthcare and social activity. This has included launching a Luncheon Club in Wilpshire and hosting Tea for Two events from the Right at Home office. In her position as Chair of the Brownhill Surgery Patients’ Group she has also organised public meetings that give people a discussion forum with medical experts in Dementia and Cancer.
These services were recently recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulatory body for health and social care, which gave Right at Home East Lancashire a glowing report that rated them Good overall with a rare Outstanding rating for Responsiveness.
Julie, a former accountant, said: “I am delighted to have reached the finals in the EWIF Awards. I think franchising is a great route into business as it allows you to move into new sectors and to enjoy the benefits of being your own boss while having access to support and a proven business model. I’d encourage anyone who is looking to open their own business to consider franchising among their options.”
Winners of the NATWEST EWIF awards will be announced on May 24th following a black-tie reception for finalists at the top of London’s famous Gherkin landmark.