Once he had achieved his goal of developing a successful financial services business from scratch Colin was keen for a change and a new challenge, a business venture which would bring both personal and financial rewards.
Colin carried out extensive research into different franchises but decided that Caremark’s business opportunity was the best fit for his requirements.
"Having looked at a number of other franchise opportunities I felt that Caremark’s franchise was the best. Caremark’s approach was supportive and professional and they seemed genuinely interested in my career history, the skills and experience I had to offer and whether I was the business professional they were looking for."
He realised that investing in a franchise would give him many advantages to get going more quickly and not have to go through the risky early years of set-up and start-up which a stand-alone business would mean.
Colin was also interested in achieving a better work/life balance once he had got established.
"Now that the business is established I am able to work on the business rather than in it. This has given me a better work/life balance, which is great as I don’t have to be in the office from dawn until dusk every day. If I wish to take the odd long weekend I can do so, knowing I have a great team in place.
At the end of the day I am content knowing that I am investing in my family’s future whilst providing a superb care service for our clients and job opportunities for my local community.
Just knowing that I am achieving all three objectives as well as enjoying a little more leisure time is certainly something to be happy about!"
A day in the life of Martin Steyn from Caremark in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & Malling.
Sharan Dhaliwal spent 25 years working for the NHS before becoming a franchisee for Caremark.
Duncan Smith was new to the social care sector when he started his Caremark franchise in Kirklees.
Friends and former colleagues Andrew Peace and Mark McKenning launched their first Caremark franchise in Barnsley in 2011.
Introducing Sue Hills from Caremark Mid-Sussex which she has been running since 2009.
Abhay Shah hadn't always planned to have a career in care but he looked into the prospect of starting his own business when daily number crunching became monotonous.
Husband and wife team Richard and Emily Magrath are the owners of Caremark in North Down, Ards & Belfast.
Caremark's Charles Folkes delivers over 3000 hours of care per week to vulnerable individuals in the Redcar and Cleveland area.
I researched various sectors before reaching the decision that domiciliary care offered the sustainability and a straightforward business model which allowed for positive cashflow and personal reward.– Charles Folkes, Caremark Redcar & Cleveland
After doing some research, there was really no doubt in our minds, that the only choice we would be happy with would be Caremark, given the emphasis on care and not profit.– Richard Magrath, Caremark North Down, Ards & Belfast
Since I joined, Caremark has done everything they promised they would do. The support has always been there and Kevin Lewis has even come out and given me a morale boost when I've needed it.Amarjit Gill, Caremark Redditch & Bromsgrove
CEO and founder of Caremark Kevin Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the UK home care sector
A strong ratio of 15:1 between franchisees and Regional Support Managers