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PJ Care shortlisted as ‘Employer of the Year’

Mon 23 Aug 2021 - posted by PJ Care
PJ Care is shortlisted as 'Employer of the Year' in prestigious national awards

The Growing Business Awards recognise the UK's most high-growth businesses and outstanding entrepreneurs.

We are also shortlisted in three other categories: The Bridges Positive Impact Award, Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year and Family-Owned Business of the Year.

Now in its 21st year, PJ Care was founded by former nurse, Jan Flawn CBE, who opened the Bluebirds care centre in Milton Keynes to offer age-appropriate care for people with young onset dementia.  The company, which now operates three sites, is run by her son, Neil Russell.

"We are very proud to be a family-run business, and we have a number of families who work for us, which says a lot about what PJ Care is like to work for as a company," said Neil.

"We are delighted that our efforts to become a more inclusive company have been recognised.  We can't do anything without our amazing staff and awards like these are a celebration of them as much as they are of PJ Care."

The 600 strong staff team includes 44 different nationalities.  To acknowledge and educate the team about their colleagues, PJ Care has established an equality, diversity and inclusion committee as well as an LGBTQI+ support group.

The company is an accredited Living Wage employer and was recently named one of the top 10 social care companies to work for in the 'Best Companies' rankings.

Having entered just three categories of the Growing Business awards, judges put the company forward to the Bridges Positive Impact award, which recognise groing businesses whose services or products are helping to solve the most pressing social and environmental challenges and, in the process, tapping into growth markets.

The company has seen its capacity reach almost 100% thanks to a newly established referrals system.  In the last 18 months, the number of people moving into PJ Care's centres has grown by 50%.

"We established this system to make sure we were offering a home to the right people," added Neil.  "Many people come to us because the placement they had before wasn't suitable for their needs.  We want to avoid that at all costs because it's very disruptive to them, their families and their care."

PJ Care will now go forward to the interview stage of the awards in September, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on the 24th November.