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Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart has welcomed another new tenant after home care provider Caremark opened a training facility there.

The firm’s expansion into the business, leisure and civic centre comes as demand for its services continues to grow.

In the past three years the number of people employed by Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) has increased from 60 to 170 making it the most successful Caremark franchise in the UK and Ireland.

Until recently staff training was provided in the company’s head office in Guisborough, but due to its rapid expansion there is no longer enough room to accommodate everybody.

As a result Caremark has opened a dedicated training facility in the £31m council-built and operated business centre in Ridley Street, Redcar.

The facility will be used to provide training for new staff, as well as the continuous training that all employees undertake, including moving and handling, medication, health and safety and first aid.

Charles Folkes, managing director of Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) said: “Having a larger training centre in Redcar will enable us to carry out everything from initial induction training through to more complex courses in one dedicated facility.

“It’s a superb building and we are excited to be playing a part in its success.”

Cabinet member for economic development, Cllr Mark Hannon, said: “We are very pleased that Caremark have found great success within our borough and that we have been able to provide them with top quality office space.

“They have been providing a great service within the community and are a major employer in the area so the fact that we can help them to keep expanding is a big coup for the council.”

The number of care hours provided by Caremark (Redcar and Cleveland) each month recently passed the 18,000 mark, the most in the company’s six year history.

This rapid growth has been fuelled by the demand from people remaining in their own homes rather than going into residential care and diversifying the business.

For information about available business units at the new facility call 01642 444504.


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