Avant Healthcare welcomes new franchisees

It’s all in the family for the new franchisees at Avant Healthcare, after husband-and-wife team Kashif and Shafaque Khan launched their business in Manchester.

The ambitious pair have swapped financial services for the homecare sector, citing the similarities in regulation and compliance across the two industries as key factors in their decision. Both have a long history in banking, specialising in risk management in the financial sector.

Avant’s multi-territory business model, unusual in care franchising, and the personal experience of managing director Sally Graham, operations director Deepa Dungar and non-executive director Mike Horgan were also vital to their decision to start their own business, says Shafaque.

“Some people are very genuine, passionate and convincing,” she says. “This is how we felt about Sally, Deepa and Mike. Sally has been in the care sector for a long time and has a lot of experience, after speaking with her you can tell that she will explain things fully. They’re all very open and honest.

“We’re ambitious and it was important that we had room to grow further than one territory. This was part of our initial conversations with Sally and Mike and it’s exactly what they’re looking for as well. Most care franchises don’t offer this, it’s a very positive factor for us.”

Shafaque adds that the regulatory nature of the care industry suits them perfectly.

“Having been in the financial sector, we’re used to working in a systematic way and in a regulated environment. This is a good thing for us in care, we have guidelines to follow and policies and procedures in place, and it’s a case of following them step by step. We’re very excited about the journey ahead.”

Sally Graham, who founded Avant after building a multimillion-pound business as a franchisee herself, commented: “It’s been a pleasure working with Shafaque and Kashif going through the CQC registration process and opening for business. They’re very systems-driven and very passionate about providing exceptional care, crucial traits we look for in our franchisees.

“Deepa, Mike and I are delighted to see the Avant brand represented in the north of England for the first time and we look forward to supporting the business to grow throughout Manchester. We want to build something special with our franchisees, and with more expected to come into the network shortly, it’s a very exciting time for us all.”

Avant already has a substantial base in London, with company-owned branches in Hillingdon, Hounslow and Ealing. The latter was recently revealed as the only local homecare provider rated Excellent by Ealing Council.