Surge in demand will create 100 jobs at Bangor care business
THE rapid expansion of a home care business will create 100 new jobs. Cymorth Llaw Ltd in Bangor has enjoyed a period of steady growth since its 2000 opening.
Husband-and-wife Ken and Janice Hogg, together with sons Craig and Ian, have built the company into one of the most successful care providers for adults and children in North Wales.
From their base on Parc Menai, the family employs more than 150 staff but a surge in demand means they need 100 more workers over the next 12 months.
Cymorth Llaw director Craig Hogg said: “We’ve come a long way in 12 years and the time is right to take on more workers.
“We need 100 by the end of 2013; around eight or nine in each area we cover, which is across Anglesey, Conwy and Gwynedd, right down to Barmouth.
“There is a lot of demand in the social care sector and we offer something unique, we offer a bilingual service but Welsh language first and foremost, which means a lot to many of the people we care for as we are in the heartland of north west Wales.”
He added: “As a business we are still cautious, like anyone else, but we are looking to create permanent jobs and help boost the local economy. That’s vital to us. We want people to aim for a career in this sector and we will support them all the way.”
The company did receive some bad news last month when cash-strapped Anglesey council revealed it would reduce the money paid to private firms looking after vulnerable members of society.
The authority was trying to control a £1m overspend in social services as it faces up to a financial black-hole, and reduced payments per hour from £15.35 to £14.35.
Cymorth Llaw employs 90 people on the island in domiciliary care, and Craig admits it hit them hard.
But rather than slashing jobs the Hoggs weathered the storm and came out fighting.
They saved staff from the brunt of the cut, absorbing 90% of the reduction. Workers will have 10p taken off their hourly rates – losing £3.70 a week on a 37-hour contract.
“We have a good relationship with the council and took the hit, we had no choice,” said Craig.
“We always try and be as positive as we can and adapt when we need to.
“The staff have been superb; we employ the best local people to provide the best local care. They are the real unsung heroes and deserve so much credit for the work they do.”
Proof of Cymorth Llaw’s dedication to its workforce is the Carers Cadets scheme launched last year in a bid to create employment opportunities for young people in the area.
The firm approached Grwp Llandrillo Menai, which designed a learning module tailored to home care needs.
“The program has been an excellent success story for us” explained Ian.
“We have created over 30 sustainable jobs for young people since it started. “Our cadets are in full time employment, they are paid competitively and they are learning and gaining skills that will help them progress on a long term career path way with this company.”
He added: “We have come a long way since we started off from the back room of the family home all those years ago and hopefully we will continue making a difference to the lives of the people we care for and those people we employ, for many more years to come.”