Eight jobs have been created, with more in the pipeline, after the launch of a new care business in Northumberland.
Bluebird Care (Northumberland South) is part of a UK-wide franchise operation. Based in Annitsford, its director is Wah Akram, who has a background in customer care, while care manager Susan Fender has worked in the industry for 25 years.
The Bluebird Care network has more than 180 offices throughout the UK and is a provider of domiciliary care, offering short medical check visits right through to 24-hour live-in care.
The Northumberland South business covers Ashington, Bedlington, Ponteland and the surrounding areas and already has two customers, with several inquiries to follow up. It is being officially launched with an opening party tomorrow, attended by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.
Akram said: “We pride ourselves on delivering old-fashioned service, where the customers’ needs are always first.
“Bluebird Care works closely with Ingeus UK, a leading provider of the Work Programme, the Government’s flagship initiative to tackle long-term unemployment, in addition to a range of other employability programmes.
“We also work with ID Training in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and regional employers.
“We are offering people locally a way out of employment and I would like to think I am making a difference.”
In October, Bluebird Care (Northumberland South) sponsored an event at Newcastle Civic Centre which raised £3,150 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care.