Over 40 new jobs are being created by North East care provider, Positive Life Choices (PLC), after it acquired two more businesses.
The group has taken over Ruby Slippers, a major domiciliary provider to the elderly and children, and Pathways to Independence, which specialises in supporting people with learning difficulties both at home and through a drop-in day care centre facility.
The new joint company currently employs 45 staff, providing over 900 hours of weekly care services, but has plans to double what it can deliver over the next twelve months, taking on the staff to do so.
General manager Liz Robertson said: “As part of one of the region’s leading healthcare providers and with major expansion plans, we can offer a range of exciting careers and expect to at least double our staff numbers in the next year.
“We are already a leading supplier of homecare for the elderly and want to grow our services for other age groups, particularly those with learning disabilities.
“We also hope to expand the facilities offered by our drop-in day care centre here in Darlington so that it will become a much valued service for local people.
“I strongly believe that with our passion and commitment towards the quality of services and a personal approach towards the on-going support and development of staff that this is an exciting opportunity to be working in the care sector in the North East.”
Positive Life Choices – which in June 2012 secured a £4.4m investment from the Business Growth Fund, the company established to provide growth capital to UK businesses – was bought earlier this year by Springfield Homecare Services Ltd, part of Springfield Healthcare Group.
The acquisitions will allow Springfield to submit a variety of local authority tenders to get approval on new framework agreements and also offers the potential to expand PLC’s services into other regions including Durham, Sunderland, Stockton and Northumberland.