A CARE provider based in Chester has set its sights on adding 30 new franchises in its 30th anniversary year.

The current owners of SureCare, managing director Gary Farrer and his wife Stephanie, acquired the business 10 years ago this year, while son Josh joined in 2016 as franchise recruitment manager.

During that time, Gary and his team have expanded from a domiciliary care provider to a provider offering a complete range of home care services, now also including childcare, companionship care, pet care, cleaning, shopping calls and handyman work.

SureCare was originally founded in 1994 by another husband-and-wife team, John and Gill Ford, to provide care for the elderly in the Chester area.

Today’s business still has its head office in the city in Park West Business Park, Sealand Road, but now has a network of franchises across the UK. In the last six months, the company has opened its first two branches in Scotland, serving communities in Glasgow and Ayrshire.

Gary said: “The original founders were a family business just like ourselves and we have the same purpose to provide our clients with the best possible care.

“For SureCare today that means offering a complete range of services for life’s journey, whether that is working parents who need childcare, an elderly person needing companionship or someone requiring our full domiciliary care service.

“We’re also now providing clients with their cleaning and handyman requirements and even looking after their pets! The breadth of services we offer makes us truly unique.

“Some of our franchisees have been in business for over 25 years which is amazing. Having the right franchise model is so important in enabling franchisees to have this kind of longevity.”

Gary added: “None of our success would have been possible without the support of a fantastic head office team and the passion and dedication of our franchisees and their teams who are committed to providing person-centred care of the highest possible quality.

“There are still many parts of the UK that do not have a SureCare franchise including Wales and Northern Ireland, but we expect this to change in the near future.

“We are targeting 30 new franchises in our 30th anniversary year and see no reason why we can’t become a 150-franchise company in the next two years.”

John Ford said: “Gill and I are delighted that the SureCare brand is still going strong after 30 years and that Gary, Josh and the rest of the team remain as passionate about the importance of delivering person-centred care as we did when we launched the business in 1994.”