Specialist care provider Careline Lifestyles is set to create 200 jobs in the North East by the end of next year, after securing an eight-figure funding boost to fuel its plans for growth and expansion across the region.
The fast-growing company, which operates ten specialist care facilities across the region, is looking to add nursing staff to its ranks through the recruitment drive, which will take its total number of employees to more than 1000.
The business – which recently announced plans to relocate from Gosforth into new headquarters adjoining Newcastle Central Station – has secured funding from Santander, paving the way for further growth.
Careline Lifestyles, which will next year mark 30 years in business, is one of the leading providers of specialist and bespoke care for people with mental and physical disabilities, and prides itself on its close relationships with local authorities and NHS commissioning partners to achieve the best outcomes for service users.
The business – last year named as the region’s fastest-growing business in the Fastest 50 Awards – boasts outstanding care, and invests heavily in both its facilities and its training and development provision, to ensure high staff retention and career and progression opportunities.
Dr Rahul Sharma, chief executive of Careline Lifestyles, said: “We are very proud of our reputation and the service we are able to offer, and to continue to do that as we grow further. By the
end of 2016, we expect to be employing over 1000 people – quite a milestone to reach by our 30th anniversary.
“We offer careers rather than just jobs, and to invest in our colleagues and facilities – as well as investing the time to form long and lasting relationships with our commissioning partners – so that we can truly offer exceptional standards of care to our service users.
“The funding we have received from Santander will allow us to push on with our next phase of growth plans, and will enable us to turn those plans into reality in the near future.”
Newcastle law firm Sintons is the long-standing legal advisor to Careline Lifestyles, and its nationally-regarded specialist care team – led by corporate partner Christopher Welch and real estate partner Alok Loomba – has supported Careline Lifestyles with its continued growth, alongside Mark Nixon – who helped Careline Lifestyles facilitate the finance from Santander Corporate and Commercial.
Christopher said: “Careline Lifestyles is an ambitious and fast-growing business, while also being a care provider of the highest standards. Its commitment to quality of service and the development of its workforce, along with the strong relationships it has built with commissioning partners over the past 30 years, combine to make a real success story – not just for the North East but also on a national scale. As its growth continues, supported by the funding from Santander, their reputation and success story can only continue.”
Angela Chau and Ian Massey, healthcare relationship directors at Santander Corporate and Commercial, worked on the deal.
Angela commented: “We have been delighted to work with Careline Lifestyles on this exciting part of their journey. The group continues to invest in its homes to ensure that they make a real difference to the lives of their service users. We very much look forward to a long and fruitful partnership, helping support the business now and in the future.”