Hello and welcome to the EWIF South-West page.



Claire Robinson, Extra Help

I’m Claire Robinson, the EWIF South West Regional Chair. I’m the Managing Director of Extra Help, a national, home-help and domestic services franchise network. Extra Help was established in 2010, initially operating two branches in Plymouth and Milton Keynes. Our original objective was to provide services to elderly people who were living independently and needed some assistance with everyday tasks, such as shopping, meal preparation, gardening, dog-walking, cleaning etc. However, we quickly realised that there were other people who could also do with a helping hand, such as new parents and working professionals, so we expanded our services accordingly.

We decided to franchise the business in 2011 and now have franchises running across the UK.

I am also the CEO of the Approved Franchise Association, a voluntary, self-regulating body that provides accreditation to franchisors and is dedicated to supporting the continued success and growth of the franchise industry.

I first discovered EWIF back in 2014 when my Franchise Manager was nominated for the Employee of the Year Award. We went to the Award Ceremony and the National Conference and I especially appreciated the unique opportunity to meet other franchisors. Although I meet many business owners in my everyday work, I rarely meet fellow franchisors or even people who understand the franchising industry!

As I have many years’ networking experience, I offered to run the South West regional group. Our first meeting was in July 2015 and it was so beneficial to be able to gather franchisors, franchisees and associates together all in one room – we all shared so much during that first meeting.

Since then, our group has gone from strength to strength and we would love to see you there! By joining us, you will have the opportunity to meet and build valuable, working relationships with other franchisors and franchisees, in a relaxed yet focused manner, on a regular basis.

Our next meeting dates are:

  • 27th January 2017
  • 31st March 2017
  • 23rd June 2017
  • 24th November 2017

Should you have any questions regarding the EWIF South West group or need more information, please contact me on 0845 618 2904 or email me at claire@extra-help.co.uk


Next South-West Regional Meeting

Date: Friday 24th November 2017

Venue: TLT Solicitors 1 Redcliff Street, Bristol BS1 6TP

Timings: 10am – 1pm 

Photos of our EWIF South-West Regional Meetings