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Gloucestershire homecare boss in the running for top accolade

The managing director of an award-winning Gloucestershire-based homecare provider is in contention to be named as one of the most influential and respected people in the country for his sector.

Steve Mills, Managing Director of Stroud-based DoCare, is a nominee for Care Talk’s Social Care Top 30. He is currently in a shortlist which people can vote for to narrow down to 30, with an overall winner to be announced next month (November).

At the same time, the family-run business is in contention for two further accolades in another prestigious industry awards scheme.

Steve and his wife Una, a co-director at DoCare, are contenders for the Care Employer Award in the regional finals of the Great British Care Awards South West. Support Worker Natasha Hopkins is shortlisted for the Care Newcomer Award. The judges interviewed all nominees last week, and the winners will be announced on November 16. They then go through to the national finals, held next year.

DoCare’s Area Manager for Cirencester and Cheltenham, Kerry-Ann Lees, is the current national Dementia Carer of the Year, having won the national finals of the Great British Care Awards in June.

Steve said he was very proud of the achievements of his company, which was established in 2004, and now has six offices in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, and Yate, as well as Stroud.

“We were thrilled when Kerry-Ann won the national award last year, and are delighted that Una, Natasha and I are in contention for further awards,” said Steve. “It’s true testament to the fact that our business is founded on providing an excellent and caring service to our clients and high quality training for our team – our pledge is to ‘make every day a better day’.”

The Social Care Top 30 – who effectively form a panel of industry experts – will be announced at a gala dinner in London on November 28, with awards presented by BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine. Anyone can vote for Steve via www.caretalk.co.uk.

Steve said: “I am among some very high profile names from the industry, which is very humbling. Una and I set up this company because we found it impossible to get homecare for her father. I have learnt so much since then, not least that this is a sector I am passionate about and privileged to work in.”