Blackpool care group plans growth

Blackpool-based Safehands Corporation, a leading UK care services provider, is embarking on a new growth programme after receiving a seven-figure funding package.

SafehandsSafehands, a group of care companies which offer a variety of services, from domiciliary care and children’s day nurseries to running a specialist hotel in Blackpool for the disabled and their carers, received a £1.6m funding package from Yorkshire Bank to help develop the businesses further.

The group recently opened its first Safehands Extra Care facility, a purpose-built independent living community located in Warton. The home offers tailored 24-hour support to four residents. Safehands intends to expand the model to further sites in Blackpool and other areas of Lancashire.

The funding will also enable the group to invest in its growing nursery chain. In December 2012, Safehands acquired the Little Craft nursery group from administration. The deal secured 60 jobs and brings to 13 the number of nurseries Safehands now operates throughout the north west of England.

Paul Manning, managing director of Safehands Corporation, said: “At the moment, we’re very excited about the launch of Safehands Extra Care. As renowned champions of dignity, our service offers individuals the opportunity to experience comfortable and accessible supported living, in the knowledge that care is always on hand.

“With Yorkshire Bank’s support, we aim to expand the service across Lancashire and create new jobs. We’re always open to investment, whether through offering new services or acquiring other businesses and replicating our high standards of care.”

The deal was facilitated by Andy Nurse, relationship manager at Yorkshire Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in Preston. Founded in 1997, Safehands is one of the UK’s most respected providers of domiciliary care and related services, delivering support to thousands of people each week. The business, which works in partnership with a number of public sector organisations, employs more than 350 full and part-time staff and hundreds more on casual contracts. Its current turnover is approximately £6.5m.