A hundred jobs are on the way to Hartlepool under a specialist care company’s massive plans for expansion.
MBi Social Care has exclusively revealed its development plans for the town to the Hartlepool Mail.
Managing director Paul Smith told how a £1m investment in Hartlepool is part of an even bigger proposal to create 2,000 new jobs across the North.
Mr Smith spoke on the first day of his move into an office at the UK Steel Enterprise-run Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park, where he will spearhead his company’s expansion drive.
He revealed how MBi Social Care had also just acquired a care home in the town which it is now renovating.
It is adding an extra 25 beds to make it a 75-bed specialist dementia care facility, serving the Headland.
The £1m investment should be completed in six to eight months and the new home will need to recruit staff.
“There is a need for local nurses and we will need up to 70 personnel,” said Mr Smith.
But another 25 to 30 jobs will be created in the construction phase and Mr Smith said: “There will be work for a local workforce.”
The Innovation Centre has become the North East satellite for MBi Social Care, which is part of the umbrella MBi Consulting Group, based at Sowerby Bridge, Halifax.
The national MBi group covers everything from finance to marketing, sales to hotels, and student accommodation to care homes.
MBi Social Care has seen a gap in the market for specialist dementia care in the north, and Mr Smith added: “In the next year, we are looking to have 27 care homes and around 70 per cent of those will be in the north. We shall look to acquire them at a rate of around three per month and each home will have an average of 60 staff.
“Each care home that we bring in will mean local opportunities. We won’t be bringing in external people. They will all be local staff.
“We will be providing opportunities for upwards of 2,000 people. It is a big expansion for us.”
The reason for the massive expansion plan is because of MBi Social Care’s enthusiasm in playing a role in the Northern Powerhouse movement.
“Care is highly required in the North East and required at a price that people can afford,” said Mr Smith. “It is about growing our portfolio and delivering for working-class areas.
“The North East is an area that deserves the best of care.”
MBi social care specialises in having dementia care in all of its properties, and also has the Gold standard in end of life care.
Paula Addison, of UK Steel Enterprise, said: “Smaller businesses with ambitious plans for growth play a very important part in the region’s economy and create valuable jobs.
“2015 has been a busy year at the Innovation Centre with a number of new tenants moving in. We are pleased that MBi Social Care and the other businesses chose to take office or workshop space with us and are glad they can start 2016 in their new home.”