After being made redundant, ex-health care manager Bronia Johnson wasn’t going to waste decades of experience in social care.
Bronia has worked for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, plus hospitals in Scunthorpe and Lincoln, and is qualified in palliative care.
When she knew redundancy was on the cards, Bronia approached NBV Enterprise Solutions, an East Midlands training company that has an office in Louth.
NBV provided mentoring sessions and helped Bronia draw up a plan for her business, as well as meet standards set by the Care Quality Commission. This helped with a successful launch of Amber Care, a domiciliary care service provider, based in Market Rasen.
“A year ago I started this and I’ve never stopped, Bronia said.
Amber Care provides personal and social care to people in their homes for social services, the local health authority, and also privately. The company currently serves North Lincolnshire, Market Rasen, Louth, plus surrounding villages.
In just a year, it has grown from 5 staff to 25, and now it plans to extend its services to southern parts of Lincolnshire. It is currently recruiting six staff and is always on the hunt for more.
Bronia says her business differs to other care providers as they tend to be national, while Amber Care is “unique in our smallness and locality.”
“We also don’t do 15-minute calls. We believe in quality, looking after our staff and keeping it local,” she said.
Another reason for her success is son Jack Johnson, who has recently graduated from university.
“I’m into quality health management of staff. Jack is just as committed to that but he has the business side. I couldn’t do it without him. We do it together,” Bronia said.
There is also NBV, whose advisors Natasha Travis and David Hawkins, have been“invaluable.”
“With the continued support of Natasha and David at NBV, we’re being very considered as we continue to grow and develop Amber Care, ensuring that we have the office infrastructure in place to support the increase in Amber Care staff.” Bronia added.