Colwyn Bay care business to create 100 jobs

A CARE business will create 100 new jobs this year. Just four weeks into 2013, Colwyn Bay-based Abacare has promised to bring more work to the sector in North Wales.

In September, we reported how the fledgling Conway Road company was growing steadily and vowed to recruit 150 staff over five years.

Way ahead of schedule, a surge in demand means recruitment manager Gillian Roderigues is rushed off her feet.

She announced it’s been a remarkable winter for the firm.

“The economy is still very unsettled at the moment and people are finding permanent positions hard to come by, but we are going against this by being able to offer more than 100 vacancies in social care work during the coming year,” said Gillian.

“Every successful applicant receives full training and we also offer the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) to all our team members who show commitment, reliability and true passion. We provide a great support network for all of our carers.

“Being reliable is key to this role as people will be looking after the needs of vulnerable adults.”

Managing director Peter Angelides said the firm has one key target – to be the top care organisation in the region.

“We may not be the biggest, but we want to be the best, for our staff and the people we support,” said Peter.

The idea for the company came around after he and a group of friends discussed ideas for a new business.

“We all got around the table and decided to put all of our skills to use in a sector we knew something about… care and support,” Peter added.

“It took around a year to put all of our policies and procedures together, which was a big task, but we finally got registered. Within six months we were operating so well we could assess how we were doing and were given full status; the whole process took 18 months and it was a difficult time for us because we had to fund all of this, but it paid off.”

Most of all, Peter wants Abacare to rise above the care industry’s tarnished reputation.

“We are a business first and foremost but wanted to demonstrate we could do this in a professional manner, with great pay for great staff managed by people with many years experience,” he said.

“Through a combination of private clients and referrals we’re growing and growing.”