Start-up is proud to be on shortlist

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A Sheffield start-up, run by a former NHS director of nursing, has been shortlisted for a national growth award.

Proud to Care, run by Gary Hardman, was launched a year ago to provide care, support and companionship for people with a range of health problems in their own homes.

The company has reached the finals of the Ready For Business Awards after winning the competition’s Best Growth Potential Start-Up Award.

Since opening its doors, Neepsend-based Proud to Care has exceeded its targets for turnover and the number of hours of care it provides, created 16 new jobs and is planning to create up to 12 further jobs in the coming year.

The Mowbray Street business now has 18 clients with a range of needs.

Clients include the elderly, people suffering from dementia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and others nearing the end of their lives.

Mr Hardman said: “Setting up your own venture is extremely hard work but the support we received from Ready for Business was invaluable. To have our efforts recognised is a huge achievement and we look forward to going on to the national finals.”

Kevin Horne, chairman of the Cavendish Consortium, which is delivering the Ready for Business programme, said: “These awards not only recognise the achievements of businesses such as Proud to Care but will hopefully inspire others looking to forge ahead with their own business ideas and we can build upon the remarkable success that Ready for Business has accomplished in a relatively short period of time.”

Ready for Business is an investment readiness start-up programme that supports new enterprises across England.