Hannah Drury, Operations Director at local care provider, Caremark Sutton, has been named as ‘Young Woman in Franchising of the Year’ by an organisation utterly committed to celebrating the achievements of women in business. At just 26 years old, this is Hannah’s fourth nationally recognised business award win in less than 12 months – a proud moment for the philanthropist and single mum of two.

“It felt wonderful to have been recognised for my hard work and it was very humbling to have been singled out in a room full of successful women. I was over the moon to have been shortlisted, let alone win the award, in a category with such inspirational business women,” said Hannah.

The annual NatWest ‘Encouraging Women into Franchising’ (EWIF) awards recognise women who have made a significant contribution to the franchising sector, supported others in the industry and shown tenacity in building thriving businesses. All categories were judged by a panel of industry experts, with 2018 – the eighth year since the inception of the awards – boasting the most applicants to date.

Hannah, who took over at Caremark Sutton in late 2015, was awarded the title of ‘Young Woman in Franchising’ for her long list of achievements in 2017, including two national business awards. Alongside ensuring clients receive the very best, personalised care in their own homes, Hannah puts great emphasis on supporting and nurturing the development of her 50-strong team, and continuingly emphasising the ‘family feel’ of the business.

Alongside the daily running of Caremark Sutton, Hannah is also pursuing a Psychology degree from the Open University, whilst raising her two young children. With a keen interest in the wellbeing of others, Hannah also supports the Sutton Women’s Centre, who provide support, counselling and advice to women who find themselves in vulnerable situations or times of need. On top of this voluntary support, Hannah and her team have raised thousands for charity – namely, the Adolescent Cancer Fund at the University College London Hospitals. Having lost her own sister, Chloe, to an aggressive form of Cancer, in 2013, Hannah is keen to support this charitable group and raise awareness of their cause.

Hannah spent the evening of Monday 14th May celebrating with other finalists at the Grand Connaught, Covent Garden, before collecting her award during the official EWIF awards at the iconic NatWest building in central London, the following day. Far from resting on her laurels, she used the opportunity to reflect on a successful 18 months at the helm of Caremark Sutton, and is very much looking forward to the future.

“At the end of the day, I run my business with heart and integrity at the centre of all that I do, which has helped me build a strong team of wonderful staff. I keep myself busy because I love what I do and I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to give back to the organisations who are so deserving of our support. I understand that the goal post for quality care is constantly evolving and I’m passionate about ensuring I keep pushing, improving and going above and beyond to give our clients and staff the absolute best.”

With summer just around the corner, Hannah shows no signs of slowing down and plans to grow the business by another 25% by the end of 2018. Caremark Sutton already supplies around 1,800 hours of care per week to local clients – and having recently launched an information hub for differently abled people, Hannah has her sights set on another rewarding, supportive and charitable year.

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Image attached: Hannah with her ‘Young Woman in Franchising of the Year’ award

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About Caremark

Caremark is the UK's largest privately owned care franchise with a turnover of £65m. We are a leading home care provider with over 100 offices in the UK and Ireland. We support over 6000 customers and employ more than 5400 carers who deliver on average, over 96,000 hours of care, every single week, across the UK.

Established in 2005, we are proud to be a wholly UK owned and operated home care franchise which has an established and successful UK based network. 43% of Caremark franchisees are female, which is almost double the national franchising average. It's a figure we are really proud of. Not only that, but a large proportion of our management team are women, including our Managing Director, Finance Director, National Operations Manager and National Training Manager.

The UK has an ageing population which is estimated to grow some 58% in the next 20 years. As the demand for more complex and highly professional levels of care increases, we continue to provide a quality service to those in need of help and support. There is also a developing awareness that care at home can benefit not only those individuals in need but the hospitals and other organisations that are also responsible for looking after them.