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Friday, 30 June 2017

Alzheimer Scotland launch new employee-owned social care offshoot

Written by The Editorial Team

Alzheimer Scotland offshoot, Caledonia Social Care, has been offically launched today in Glasgow.

The new company will take over the charity’s existing social care services across central Scotland and is being billed as a step forward for employee ownership in Scotland.

With a projected £2.5 million annual turnover, it will have an initial 150 employee owners providing care to 480 clients. The business will focus on care at home dementia specific services, while also aiming to grow into providing personal care to other older, disabled and vulnerable people.

Alzheimer Scotland will initially be the main investor but plans to hand it over fully to the newly formed enterprise in the future.

Cooperative Development Scotland (CDS) heralded the launch on Employee Ownership Day, 30 June, and called on other businesses to explore employee ownership.

Sarah Deas, director of CDS, commented: “In the last five years the number of employee owned businesses operating in Scotland has trebled and we are forecasting a ‘deal a month’ on average over the next year. When considering their exit strategy, the motivations for a business owner to go down the employee ownership route tends to focus on a number of key areas, such as rewarding and empowering loyal employees and rooting the business in the local community.”

Margaret Paterson, managing director of Caledonia Social Care, commented: “I am thrilled to be officially celebrating the opening of Caledonia Social Care on Employee Ownership Day. Our dynamic employee-owned business model takes forward ownership of many of Alzheimer Scotland’s previous care at home services to support people living with dementia in the community and our staff will be at the very heart of everything we do. As well as delivering care at home services we also offer personalised care to older, physically disabled and vulnerable people to help them remain in their own homes and to live as independent a life as possible for as long as possible.

“Employee ownership is particularly suited to the social care sector as it is consistently shown to improve staff engagement and wellbeing, which can lead to better patient experience and outcomes. As owners, employees have a say in how the business is run, and clients and their families are reassured that the business will remain rooted in the area and be run for the benefit of local people.

“The launch of Caledonia Social Care will be a real boost to Scotland’s care sector, with an empowered workforce of 150 employee owners, committed to providing an exceptional level of care to 480 clients.”

Henry Simmons, Alzheimer Scotland, chief executive, added: “Following months of preparations, I believe that Caledonia Social Care has a bright future ahead in providing high-quality dementia and more generic home-care services. The employee ownership model we adopted in this new venture will bring many benefits to all staff ensuring that they have an effective voice throughout the organisation. I am proud of what we have all achieved to maintain high quality support for people living with dementia and vulnerable people in the community and I wish the whole team the very best of luck moving forward.”

Statistics consistently demonstrate that employee-owned businesses outperform their non EO counterparts in terms of higher levels of profitability, improved business resilience during times of recession, increased productivity and enhanced employee wellbeing. Recent research showed there are 86 employee-owned companies in Scotland, with approximately 6,800 employee-owners generating a combined turnover of around £925million.

Sarah Deas concluded: “Over a ten year period we aspire to achieve a tenfold increase in employee ownership in Scotland, and with 16,000 employers in Scotland looking to transfer ownership in the next five years, we expect take up to continue accelerating.”

Pictured - From Left -  Ross Wilson, Practice Team Leader; Carol Park, Administrator; Stuart Robertson, Regional Manager; Margaret Paterson, Managing Director; Derek Oliver, Regional Manager; Vicky Hoolihan, Corporate Services Administrator; Kenny Nicholson, HR Leader.