A NORTH East care provider is looking to create hundreds of jobs over the next few years by moving into new regions and picking up new contracts left behind by cuts in the public and private sectors.
Neuro Partners, which provides dedicated at home rehabilitation and support services for individuals and their families, has just moved from its previous 150sqm headquarters in Newcastle, to a new 400sqm site in Team Valley Gateshead, as it looks to expand its services.
The firm, which was formed in 2005, has increased its workforce from 150 to 250 over the last year after building up its presence in Carlisle, Sheffield and Lancashire, where it also has offices.
The company has grown from its original singular focus of brain injury, to include behavioural management services, MS services, Huntington’s services, cognitive behavioural therapy services and many more.
It is now increasing its workforce in the North East, where it employs around 100 out-of-office carers and 30 staff at its new head office, and said that it was hoping to employ an additional 100 staff in the region over the next two years.
The firm, which has a turnover of between £5m and £10m, is also looking to extend its care provision to other regions and hopes to launch another office by the end of the year.
It is looking at the possibility of a new office either in Liverpool and Manchester, where its services have received the most interest.
The company was launched by managing director Jonathan Wade, alongside director of corporate services Emily Dunn and director of operations Kelly Dunn, after the three became friends while working for brain injury charity Momentum.
Emily Dunn said: “We have grown very quickly as a business over recent years and it was clear that we needed a bigger head office if we were to take the business forward and create the jobs that we needed.
“Much of our expansion has been through word of mouth, so we are looking at Liverpool and Manchester as potentials, having attracted attention in those areas.”
The company has witnessed an increase in the number of care contracts coming to market, either as a result of Government cuts in the public sector or downsizing among its rivals.
It also said that its proven track record in care was helping the company pick up contracts at a time when negative publicity in some areas of the industry was leading people to reassess their care requirements.
The firm said it was also benefiting from the move away from a one-size-fits all residential care model, and has seen an increased demand for at-home rehabilitation, which has become achievable through medical and technological advancements.
Dunn said: “We’ve seen a number of cuts in this industry in recent times, which has created a number of opportunities for us as many people still need the kind of quality care that we provide.
“This industry has received a huge amount of negative publicity of late. However, this has led many people to reassess the standard of care that they or their family members are receiving, and we believe our experience allows us to provide the highest standards of care.”