Name: Angela Mewis
Joined the business: January 2016
Career History: After graduating from university, I started my career as a Chartered Surveyor, working in London. I left that role to have my first child and ended up having three in rapid succession! I think when you have children, you think about things a little differently and I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to go back to the commute, the office politics and the whole 9-5 grind. I wanted to do something different so I retrained. I took a psychology degree and became a Special Educational Needs (SEN) teacher. I worked with autistic children and children with learning difficulties and also children who just needed that little extra help in classroom. It was truly rewarding but it didn’t satisfy my ambition professionally
What drew you to franchising?
It was actually my husband Paul who inspired me initially! He’d done some work for Promedica24 globally and got to know the business really well. He told me all about it and we thought it was such a fantastic opportunity – the company itself and investing in a franchise. We thought the franchise model was excellent and Promedica24 as a business had real gravitas. Because of the history and the whole company organisation and the concept – we fell in love with it. Why would you want your nearest and dearest taken from their homes in the last few years or months of their lives?
Why did you choose Promedica24 in particular?
The whole concept is just absolutely spot on. It’s awful the thought of being old and stuck in an institution. I think what we have here with Promedica24 is going to become the norm in the UK just like it is in Europe. Forget being forced out of your home and into a residential care home, forget a lifetime of loneliness waiting for a carer to make a quick visit. This is the future and I’m so proud to be a part of it.
How has investing in a franchise changed your lifestyle?
I’m very busy! There’s always something new to learn and new people to meet! I’m networking with and meeting such a variety of people, no two days are ever the same. In terms of work-life balance, my husband and I have to be careful that we don’t let our every conversation be dominated by the business but that’s just because we’re both so passionate about it! In fairness we are very good at keeping family life just that.
Do you have plans to grow the business in the future?
I want to become the go-to service for Surrey and I see no reason why we can’t achieve just that.
What would you say to potential franchisees?
The training and support has been great, it’s really good. I often refer back to my notes which shows just how thorough it was. I’ve met up with fellow franchisees and they are all really supportive which is great. It gives us more strength and presence in the market when people realise we have national offices. The head office team are on hand if you need them.