Running your own business requires serious commitment, so it’s important that as a new Franchisee you are prepared for what’s to come.
Franchising with Blue Ribbon is a great opportunity to get your business up an running smoothly and safely, while benefitting from ongoing support and guidance from our experienced network.
From first contact, our team can guide you through a structured process to establish a good relationship, discuss Blue Ribbon’s values and map out the processes required to run your own Home Care business.
Our processes will guide you from your initial enquiry to the launch of your business and beyond. The first steps are laid out below.
To get things started, you can get in touch in a number of ways. You could simply call us for a chat on 01244 332 886 or if you’d prefer we could call you if you request a call back.
You can also request a prospectus, Whichever way you get in touch we’ll usually start the process with an informal chat to find out more about you and make arrangements to eventually meet with you face to face.
Our aim is to speak with all potential Franchisee enquiries within a week of receiving your initial enquiry. Please don’t be alarmed by our wish to speak with you it is part of the qualifying process and shouldn’t take too long. We are happy to speak with you outside normal office hours subject to arrangement.
Once we’ve had a chat we will send you our Information Pack by post. This could potentially be one of the biggest decisions you make in your life and we would like to help you with this by sending our printed brochures.
We will call you back within a week of sending you our Franchise Information Pack to see whether you would like to take the next step which is a face to face meeting. It’s in this first meeting that we can discuss what you hope to get from your Home Care Franchise business and why you feel you would be good for the Blue Ribbon network. This is also an opportunity for us to gauge further your ability to run your own business, as well as your commitment to and understanding of the care industry.
This meeting is also an opportunity for us to discuss informally how you intend to finance your business venture.
Following our meeting, we will organise paperwork for you to sign, this is known as ‘intent to proceed’ and requires a non disclosure agreement as well as the payment of a deposit so we can help you further explore the opportunity. This further exploration consists of Market Research and Business Planning.
Once you have paid the deposit and made clear your intention to proceed with Blue Ribbon we’ll organise for you to speak with one of our Franchisees. This is your opportunity to find out what it is really like to be a Franchisee within the Blue Ribbon network.
After your information gathering we’ll invite you to meet with us once again. As part of this meeting, there will be an opportunity for you to ask any final questions you might have about Blue Ribbon and our team, so you can be sure that our brand and support is the right choice for you.
If all is well from the last meeting then now’s the time to sign ‘The Agreement’. This will be sent to you via our Solicitor. Once The Agreement is signed by all parties we can get the ball rolling.
You will be invited to spend a week with us in Chester to receive the first part of your training which covers the setting up and running of your very own Blue Ribbon Home Care Franchise. The training takes place from Monday to Friday and is residential, this ensures there are few distractions and that you’re well rested for the intensive learning. The training doesn’t stop after this initial week though.
After attending the initial training it’s time for your business plan to become a reality. This includes getting your premises equipped and ready for action. You won’t be doing this all on your own, we’ll be with you every step of the way and helping you with interviewing a suitable Manager, setting up and installing your office IT systems and helping you find suitable furniture. We have been known to pick up a paint brush before now!
The final stage of the initial process is the Marketing and Launch campaign. Our Support team and Marketing Toolkit will help you launch your business successfully into your local market, all you need to do now is be prepared for the first enquiry.