Cambridge Businessman Determined to Help Ease the Healthcare Skills Crisis

Match Options provides care staff to care homes, the NHS, healthcare companies and home care services. With us you can run your own management franchise in your exclusive operating territory.
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Match Options

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£30,000
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes
  BFA Membership:
Member - Provisional

Read about how Match Options is attempting to combat the current difficulties in sourcing qualified employees in the healthcare sector. One franchisee gives his story.

Cambridge-based businessman, Marshal Konzvo, who recently launched his new Match Options healthcare recruitment business, is determined to try and do his bit to ease the skills shortage which is currently threatening the NHS.

The demand for qualified doctors and nurses has never been so high, both in the NHS and private care sector. Add to this the dramatic increase in the ageing population and the huge strain this is placing across the board on the UK health sector, and it is simple to see why Marshal Konzvo thought it was the perfect time to get into healthcare recruitment – as healthcare organisations need help!

Marshal, who is 37, started his Cambridge Match Options franchise in January 2017. Marshal worked in the IT sector for 12 years, and managed to save enough money to finance his new business venture himself. 

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He explains: “It just felt like the right time to get involved in this sector. I had an idea I wanted to move into recruitment, but when I started to do my research into healthcare placements it started to really stand out. There has never been more demand for qualified healthcare practitioners, whether that’s doctors, nurses and in particular care staff. Organisations simply can’t find enough quality staff, so they need help and this is where we come in.

“I carried out a lot of research before I bought my franchise, and Match Options instantly appealed to me. It was also at the start of its franchising journey, so I thought I would be able to grow alongside them. Their hunger and desire to make this work stood out a mile, and all the directors have been very accessible and helpful. I chose a franchise as it is obviously less risk and a lot of the groundwork has already been done for you, so you have far less headaches than going it alone. Franchising is a system that has been proven to work.

“So far things are going very well, even better than I expected. The training was very thorough and the support I receive is fantastic. The directors definitely really know their stuff and I can call on this knowledge whenever I need it. It’s just me working full time in the office, although I do have two part-time staff as well (my wife and my cousin).”

Match Options is a recruitment agency providing healthcare staff on a temporary and permanent basis. It not only places doctors and nurses, but also healthcare assistants, care support workers, and domiciliary care workers. It also places health workers in organisations such as schools and prisons. This means the market potential is huge.

Match Options has been successfully operating in the care sector since 1999, providing high-quality services to the local communities it works in. There are currently seven company-owned branches and four franchisees operating throughout the UK. The company is now seeking additional franchisees who are committed and passionate about growing the business throughout the UK.

Michael Celestine, Operations director, Match Options explains: “There has never been a better time to consider starting a healthcare recruitment business. There is an acute shortage of qualified health staff across the board in the UK, so organisations need help finding quality staff. The care sector is also one of the fastest growing markets in the UK, and this trend can only continue. There will be an additional five million people over the age of 65 in the next 20 years. This poses a huge challenge, whether they are being cared for at home or in a hospital or care home environment.”

He added: “Potential franchisees do not need healthcare recruitment experience, but they must possess excellent people skills, as communication is a key part of the job. Interested parties must also be adept at business development, as reaching out to professionals and contacts in the local community will be key. Franchisees will receive full training and support, including five days classroom training, sales and marketing support, systems and IT training, as well as mentoring in recruitment and interviewing techniques. Accounts and financial management training, as well as back office support, are also part of the franchise package.”

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