New HQ for care homes company

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Yorkshire-based care home provider Aspire in the Community has converted a former Barnsley pub into its new headquarters after getting £190,000 backing from Santander Corporate & Commercial Banking.

The Gate public house on Barnsley Road will also serve as a training facility and provide respite care accommodation for single people.

Aspire was founded in 2009 by Marie Whitaker and Barry Taylor, who have 35 years’ combined experience in supporting people with learning disabilities.

The company operates two homes in Barnsley, providing care for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours and plans to expand to operate nine homes in South and West Yorkshire in addition to offering supported living services in people’s homes.

Barry Taylor said: “We are delighted to be setting up a head office and training centre for Aspire. At the moment, we use office space within our homes for meetings and we hire space whenever we run a training course, so it will be fantastic to have the space in our own building.

“The team at Santander offered us a thoughtful, generous package that matches the ambition we have for the business and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with them as we grow the business.”

Santander Corporate Banking’s Richard Dorsey said: “Aspire in the Community run care homes of the highest standard. Barry and Marie have a fantastic understanding of the social healthcare market and an incredible passion for what they do.

“We are delighted to be able to help such a worthy local business continue to develop, and look forward to more opportunities to develop our relationship with the team there in the future.”