Today it is International Women’s Day, a global day that celebrates awesome women all around the world for their social, economic, cultural and political achievements. In the franchising world, being your own boss doesn’t have to be a man’s job.
Here at Safeclean Head Office, 60% of our brilliant franchisor team are women, led by National Franchise Manager Maria Hartnell, who has over 13 years in the franchising industry.
We have a passion for encouraging women into business, and have supported some brilliant, successful franchises such as husband and wife partnership Kim & Andrew Emmett-Gidney. When talking to Kim, it was stark how proud she was about being part of a franchise network and being her own boss:“When I go into a customer’s home I like to make sure that I can put them at ease with my natural communication and relationship building skills. Some would say that a woman cannot do the job that I do, but nothing sets me back. I can do this job just as well as my husband and that is reflected in the results I achieve. The success of our growing business has shown that I have more than proved myself as a capable and motivated business woman that has so much drive to achieve even more over the years to come.”
Even with the progression already made for women in business, they can still face old-fashioned stereotype and opinions. Women currently still make up only 23% of the whole franchising network, but we can see that this is on the rise and are delighted about it!
We want to encourage more women into our own franchise network, and with organisation such as EWIF (Encouraging Women in Franchising), who focus their time and energy into supporting women who are looking for a route into the industry; we believe we can make this happen.
If you would like to find out more about the advice and support they offer, go to https://www.ewif.org
. If you are interested in joining our network, go to our website and find out more about becoming a franchisee
or get in touch via 01235 444 757 - we'd love to hear from you!
We hope you have a fantastic day celebrating being the amazing women that you are!