Men in Kilts welcomes first female franchisee

Christopher Murphy and his mother Judy Briggs opened the first Men in Kilts Window Washing franchise in the Boston area.
Christopher Murphy and his mother Judy Briggs opened the first Men in Kilts Window Washing franchise in the Boston area.

A company that has so often been asked about its male-focused name can now say that it has more than just men who know how to climb the ladder of success.

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 U.S., and the 10th franchise in North America. 

According to a recent report by Franchising.com, women are becoming increasingly involved in the franchising world.

“I would definitely agree that more and more women are finding their way into the world of franchising,” said Briggs. “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.”

Although Briggs is now the first woman to own a Men In Kilts franchise, she is not the first to lead its operations. 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,” Wood said.

Men in Kilts founder Nicholas Brand said: “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.”

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