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What happens when partners in love join forces in the work place? Flora Neighbour investigates…


ome people are married to their work; other people are married at work. According to a recent survey carried out by Business Franchise


magazine at the British & International Franchise Exhibition 2016, 30 per cent of prospective franchisees are looking to invest in a business with their partner, and it’s easy to see why. Married couples throughout history have been able to run well-established family businesses. Today, some of the world’s most powerful couples work together. Think Barrack and Michelle Obama, Brad and Angelina, Bill and Melinda Gates, even Jay Z and Beyoncé. Working together can lead to success, and running a franchise is no different. If you can invest in a commitment such as a marriage, investing in a binding commitment such as a franchise should work well, too.


Running a franchise with your spouse comes with an array of benefits, including spending more quality time together, working towards a shared goal, and jointly celebrating success. What’s more, you can adapt your work-life balance to fit around


you both, which means taking time off for family and social events is possible. A bond such as a marriage thrives when both people adapt to and support each other’s strengths and weaknesses, which is an ideal relationship to have in a professional environment as well. Here, 10 couples reveal what it’s like to run a franchise together, and the boons and pitfalls it can present...


The ZipYard


Richard and Marie McConnell


What strengths do each of you bring to the business? RM: Marie brings a strong sense of customer service and a personal touch. She would also be the one that cracks the whip when it comes to HR and staffing issues. I concentrate more on the finances of the business, the ongoing promotion and business development.


What are the benefits of working with your partner? RM: There are a number of benefits; firstly all decisions are joint and it easier to make decisions with the both of you. If one of us has to pop out for whatever reason


Initially Marie spotted the potential in The ZipYard. After visiting a few franchises in Ireland, both Marie and Richard could see what a fantastic service The ZipYard offered and how it had a very strong brand.


you know there is always someone there in your business you can trust. Most importantly you can spread your workload between you and your partner to what you are best suited to.


How do you fit work around family life? RM: One of the big advantages of running


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