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Gloucestershire entrepreneurs to get insight into homecare business

Entrepreneurs and those aspiring to get into business are to be given a first-hand account of how a successful Gloucestershire homecare company has made its mark on the county.

Steve Mills, co-founder and a director of Stroud-based domiciliary care provider DoCare, will speak at The Entrepreneurs’ Club in Cheltenham on June 4.

His talk, called ‘Getting to grips with my world’, will focus on how his knowledge, perceptions and perspectives have changed through the years and how this has shaped him for his current role in DoCare.

Steve set up DoCare ten years ago with his wife Una, following a 20 year career with BT, and has built it up from a home-based operation to a company employing more than 100 people, with seven offices, eight teams and contracts with four social services authorities. DoCare covers a 1,000 square mile area in Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire, and has provided some one million hours of support to more than 1,000 clients.

“Ten years ago, my father-in-law needed support at home but when we approached social services in Gloucestershire it simply wasn’t available,” he said. “I was very moved by the plight of those waiting for care at home so I spent six months researching the sector and getting myself retrained.  After a lot of hard work I got the company registered and went back to social services to let them know I had set up my own company to deal with the waiting list. DoCare was born!

“It’s been an incredible journey and I am delighted to have been asked to share some of my experiences with The Entrepreneurs’ Club.”

The meeting will be held at Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham, on June 4, starting at 6pm. The Entrepreneurs’ Club was set up by the FD Centre, which provides the skill sets of experienced finance directors of large corporations to the small and medium sized enterprise sector, allowing smaller organisations to benefit from the expertise of a highly experienced financial director without incurring the expense of hiring someone full-time.

For more information about The Entrepreneurs’ Club and The FD Centre, visit www.thefdcentre.co.uk.