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24th April 2018
Caremark celebrate Encouraging Women Into Franchising (EWIF) awards trio
Caremark is celebrating as both franchisee and employee have been selected as finalists in three categories for the 2018 NatWest EWIF awards.
Through regional meetings, a national conference and national awards, EWIF supports women in the franchise industry and helps franchisors attract more women to their networks.
Battling it out amongst a record number of entries, Caremark Limited’s Lisa Fyfe and franchisee Hannah Drury were both named finalists in three different categories. Both women will be representing the home care franchise at EWIF’s prestigious awards ceremony in London on May 15th.
34-year-old Chartered Accountant and Finance Director for Caremark Limited, Lisa Fyfe, has been named finalist in ‘Best Woman Franchise Employee of the Year’. After joining Caremark 9 years ago as Financial Controller, she worked her way up through the ranks and now runs an all-female finance department.
“I’m in shock!” says Lisa.
“My role brings great learning opportunities which continue to equip me with skills and experience that I try to utilise for the benefit of both our franchisees and the vulnerable people we support. I’m honoured to have been chosen as a finalist – as a young female Finance Director working in a male dominated field, I’m always striving for success and I hope to inspire other young professional women to see opportunities rather than barriers in the workplace.”
26-year-old Hannah Drury, Operations Director at Caremark (Sutton), has been named as a finalist in the ‘New Woman Franchisee’ and “Young Woman in Franchising of the Year’ categories. Hannah is no stranger to awards. In 2017, she was recognised by the British Franchise Association and a number of regional awarding bodies for her success in managing a home care franchise and her commitment to the elderly and vulnerable in her community.
Anne O’Rourke, Managing Director for Caremark Limited says that ‘she’s incredibly proud and pleased for both women’.
Anne continues: “I couldn’t be happier for Lisa and Hannah. They both work so hard and are so passionate – not just the care industry – but about franchising too and what a wonderful opportunity it presents for women of all ages. To be acknowledged by EWIF and given the opportunity to share their stories with a wider audience is something I know they will both be incredibly humbled by – the end result almost doesn’t matter, as finalists, they’re flying the flag for Caremark and for franchising and we couldn’t be prouder of them both.”