Women in Kilts: Boston Local Becomes the First Woman to Own a Men in Kilts Franchise

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Judith Briggs of Boston, MA, marks the first female to start a Men In Kilts Franchise

Owner Judy Briggs (center) and her kilted crew at Men In Kilts Boston

Owner Judy Briggs (center) and her kilted crew at Men In Kilts Boston

Women tend to have many of the skills involved in owning a franchise. - Judith Briggs, Boston Franchise Owner

Men In Kilts recently welcomed its first female Franchise Owner, Judith Briggs, who will run operations in Boston. The opening of this location marked the fourth franchise in the US, and the 10th franchise in North America.

A company that has so often been asked about its name Men In Kilts can now say that they have more than just men who know how to clean windows and perform other exterior cleaning services.

Briggs reaction to the question, “How excited were you to be the first female franchise owner at Men In Kilts?” summed it up really well. “I never really thought about it,” says Briggs, “I just saw a business opportunity and a way to diversify my current business, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, with a Men In Kilts franchise. There were no locations in Boston and actually only two others on the East coast so the doors were wide open for me to join in.”

While Briggs exists as the first woman to own a Men In Kilts franchise, the company is used to having a woman lead the operation. CEO Tressa Wood joined Men In Kilts in 2009 and is excited to welcome another woman to the organization. “We hope this will help other women out there who may have been thinking of opening a franchise with us. Typically men are attracted to the cleaning service positions, but women can certainly handle the operations and run a successful business,” says Wood.

Interestingly enough, Franchising.com recently released a report stating that women are becoming increasingly involved in the franchising world. Briggs confirmed by saying, “I would definitely agree that more and more women are finding their way into the world of franchising. Women tend to have many of the skills involved in owning a franchise: organization, communication and the ability to improvise, which are all perfect characteristics for anyone wanting to operate a franchise.”

Founder Nicholas Brand was also excited to welcome Briggs to the clan saying “Being a male dominated company was never the intention I had when I came up with the name for the business. To be honest, I just thought it was a quick and witty name, and because it is primarily men who wear kilts in Scotland, it was just fitting.”

Briggs runs the business alongside her son Chris Murphy, US Army Veteran, and the response to their business in Boston has been fantastic. Briggs believes that many women can succeed in this business saying, “My advice to any woman even sitting on the fence, thinking about opening a Men In Kilts franchise would be to at least take a look. You would be surprised at just how perfect you might be for the job!”

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About Men In Kilts
Men In Kilts was started in 2002 by Nicholas Brand, a Vancouver based Scotsman who fashioned a hand-sewn kilt and put a visual to the otherwise faceless window cleaner.

By 2009, the location had grown to over one million in revenue and caught the attention of Tressa Wood, former VP of Operations from 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. Tressa joined the team as CEO and began the process of franchising the company. Men In Kilts now has locations across North America and plans to expand to every major metro by 2017.

Positioned to serve the growing demands of the multi-billion dollar cleaning and building maintenance industry, the Men In Kilts concept is about building a national brand that delivers an unparalleled level of professional service to both the residential and commercial markets.

For more information on Men In Kilts, or to see them in action, please contact Megan Nemeth at pr(at)meninkilt(dot)com or visit http://www.meninkilts.com/.

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