Franchise owner wins second award in six months

Within a year of launching her Bluebird Care business, franchise owner Jane Perry has scooped a second award in six months. Jane, who owns a Bluebird Care office in Edinburgh, won the Best Newcomer at an awards ceremony organised by Scottish Care at Home, a national body that represents the private sector care industry in Scotland.

Jane said: 'We are completely thrilled by winning another award in six months. We are operating in difficult and challenging market conditions, so it's double gratifying to be acknowledged in this way.

Jane owns one of Bluebird Care's 44 offices nationwide and was voted best newcomer at Bluebird Care's awards ceremony last winter.

Paul Tarsey, Bluebird Care's Managing Director, commented: 'Jane has a winning business combination of talent, grit and sheer determination. She has established a thriving business, despite the recession and fully deserves this award.'

Jane, who is also a foster mum, decided to launch her own business after receiving her fourth redundancy notice in 20 years. She added: 'Although I come from a business background, I wanted something which made sound commercial sense but also fulfilled a need in the community. Research, plus my own experience, proves that people would much rather receive care in the comfort of their own homes, as opposed to going into residential care.

'As a full-time foster carer, with my husband John, I know how rewarding it is to do something worthwhile, that really makes a difference to people's lives.'