Milton Keynes women’s charity buys home help franchise business

Mums The Boss networking group run by Women and Work in Milton Keynes
Mums The Boss networking group run by Women and Work in Milton Keynes

A CHARITY has bought a franchise care business to help it generate an income in difficult economic circumstances.

Milton Keynes Women and Work has taken on the new city’s Extra Help franchise, setting up a Community Interest Company (CIC) with a clause ensuring profits can only go to the charity.

Like many charities, Women and Work, based in Midsummer Boulevard, has been hit by budget cuts and has had to look for other ways to bring in revenue.

Niz Smith, the chief executive of Women and Work, believes Extra Help will not only bring in much-needed cash but will help it provide its clients with a way of returning to the workforce.

She said: “These are both exciting and challenging times for those working in the charitable sector with an increasing need to find creative solutions to generate funds.

“We are excited by this and look forward to utilising all the support that the franchisor, Sarah Jackson, can offer us to make it a success.” The franchise will be running from early May.

Women and Work’s mission is to work towards a Milton Keynes where all women have the confidence, self-esteem and skills to be economically independent and to be active in the community. It provides one-to-one information, workshops and courses.

The Extra Help business, based in High Street, Cranfield, was created by mother-of-five Sarah Jackson. It is a home help service providing things like shopping, small maintenance jobs, dog walking and even company to help extend the time elderly people can live at home.

Ms Smith added: “These are shaky economic times and women have been hit much harder than men. More have been faced with redundancy because more women work in the public sector which has been hit by spending cuts.”

She will be running the franchise with Women and Work’s business development manager, Irene Wright.

For information about the charity including its new Mums the Boss networking group for women wanting to set up their own businesses visit www.womenandwork.co.uk