Emily and Richard Magrath launched their Caremark (North Down, Ards & Belfast) franchise in 2013. Six years later, they have built a successful business and have achieved Northern Ireland’s equivalent of an ‘Outstanding’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating, all while raising their four children.
Emily: We decided to open the franchise when I was on maternity leave with our third child. Richard has always run his own business, ever since school. So, we decided to open a business together to gain a better work-life balance.
The care sector suits us as individuals as it aligns with our passion for community. Before Caremark, I was in senior management for cancer charities for 11 years. We’re also very involved with our local church.
We were sure we had found the right sector, so we did our homework, attended a franchise show and set up some meetings. We decided to go with Caremark because its ethos matches our own vision and values - we are all about being part of the community and helping others.
Richard: We have four children from seven months to 14 years old, so home life is busy! As parents, we found ourselves juggling our responsibilities at first. Putting strong structures in place within our business – from hiring a great team to pinning down our strategy – helped us on the path to success.
One of the benefits of owning our own business is that, when the kids go to bed, either one of us can head over to the office in the evening. Our home is close to our business, church and schools, so we’ve cut out the commute.
Caremark provides ongoing support and was instrumental in guiding us through those early days. We also have a strong network of over 120 Caremark franchisees that has been invaluable for sharing advice and experiences.
Richard: We are very much a team and share equal responsibility. We take on different roles and have a lot of respect for each other. Emily is very operational and key to implementing positive changes within our business to enable it to grow. I lead our strategy and handle our finances. Our backgrounds have been very useful as both of us bring strong managerial experience to the table.
Emily: The first three years had their challenges! With young children and a busy lifestyle, it took time, drive and motivation to launch and grow our business.
We have enjoyed a lot of success and won many of Caremark’s internal awards, including Franchisee of the Year 2019. We’ve also consistently performed well in our RQIA inspections, receiving reports equivalent to a CQC ‘Outstanding’ rating.
However, the biggest success, without a doubt, is that we have been able to build an incredible team around us. Our staff truly understand Caremark’s ethos and values, and without them the business would not be where it is today.
Richard: The next step in our journey is to continue to expand our footprint in Northern Ireland at a sustainable growth rate, ensuring that we always uphold the highest standards of care.
We’re delighted to be at this point and to know how many people we have helped. Even with a busy family, we’ve proved that we can make a huge difference to people’s lives. It’s a wonderful feeling!
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Duncan Smith was new to the social care sector when he started his Caremark franchise in Kirklees.
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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
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
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
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