Bluebird Care scooting ahead

The franchise owners of Bluebird Care Taplow, a care at home provider, are helping people get back to work by investing in some environmentally friendly scooters.

Ian and Anne Inglis, franchise owners of Bluebird Care South Bucks and Slough, hope to create 40 new jobs in the area by the end of the year, giving a major boost to the local economy.

During recruitment, Mr and Mrs Inglis became conscious that some first-class job applicants were automatically being ruled-out because they were without personal transport. With the help of their local JobCentre, the couple invested in two scooters, so lack of transport would not result in an automatic ban to being a Bluebird Care worker.

"We became increasingly aware that some applicants were unemployed through no fault of their own and their job prospects were hampered by not having transport," said Mrs Inglis.

The company's priority is to recruit care workers who can offer high standards of care, in a friendly, empathetic and ultimately professional way. One employee who has benefited from the new scooters is care worker Diane Weston, she said: "I am so grateful to Bluebird Care for providing me with a scooter allowing me to get back into work and do a job that I love. The provision of care to people in their own home is so rewarding."

Mr and Mrs Inglis set up the Bluebird Care office last autumn and have over 45 years of management experience between them. They have teamed up with sister-in-law Cindy Inglis, who was recruited as Care Manager after 16 years spent in the care industry. "Our combined experience has resulted in a strong team delivering what customers want," said Mr Inglis.