All Press Releases for February 28, 2007

Safehands Network - Berkshire mum is living her dream

Only last summer, while on holiday with her family in the Alps, Lucy Brown awoke with a start having dreamed that she had set up a new childcare business.

    /24-7PressRelease/ - DUBLIN, IRELAND, February 28, 2007 - Berkshire mum Lucy Brown knows all about juggling her working life - bringing up a family while travelling the world as a high-flying business executive. Only last summer, however, while on holiday with her family in the Alps, she awoke with a start having dreamed that she had set up a new childcare business. Eight weeks later she turned the dream into reality by launching her own Safehands franchise.

For more than 20 years, this mother-of-three from Newbury was a top marketeer with some of the UK's leading IT and telecom companies including Oracle and NTL. But now she has embarked on a brand new challenge with her own specialist company, Safehands Network (Thames Valley) caring for other people's children across the county and the whole of the M4 corridor.

The company, part of the UK wide Safehands franchise network, offers everything from hotel babysitting services to out-of-school care, holiday clubs and domiciliary care. The big demand, however, is for the mobile crèche facilities Lucy provides for weddings and corporate projects. She now targets major social occasions and high profile sporting events such as popular race days at Newbury and Ascot.

The crèche facilities, tailor-made to suit each individual occasion, include a team of qualified Safehands supervisors, plus a range of the equipment from ball pools and toys to DVDs and arts & crafts, and cost an average of just 500 depending on the timescale.
"All clients are the same, too much to do and not enough time to do it, so we step in and take the weight off their shoulders," says Lucy.

Recent projects for her Safehands business have included a large wedding fair and a prestigious crèche at a top multinational company training day. Now many major hotels in the Thames Valley area are looking to Lucy's firm to provide baby-sitting assistance on a regular basis.

With over 30 carers and supervisors working on her team, Lucy is covering a wide area taking in Reading, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot, Camberley, Sunninghill and Slough. Although operating the business from home at the moment, she plans to move shortly into a converted stable block in a nearby business park.

"Business has been good and I want to get the message out to everyone in the area that if they want a one-stop-shop for anything to do with childcare, then Safehands are the experts. We are the leading company in Britain and genuinely care about what we do," says Lucy, adding, "There is nothing more precious than our children and working parents know the stresses and strains of trying to juggle domestic and work life. All our Safehands staff are security vetted from the start so parents can rest assured that their children really are in safe hands!"

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