Buckie based Parklands Group has won a prestigious Highland Business Award.
The independent care home company was named Moray Business of the Year at a ceremony in Inverness, organised by Inverness Chamber of Commerce.
The accolade comes at the end of a busy month for the company. Last week it submitted plans for a £3.5 million care home in Grantown, its largest ever investment. The 40 bed facility will be the first purpose built care home in the town for decades.
The new care home, which is likely to open in spring 2016, will create around 50 care jobs and many more in the construction phase.
Meanwhile, Parklands marked another major milestone this week with the opening of two new care homes in Tain and Muir of Ord, built at a cost of £5 million. The new facilities were officially opened by Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty.
Ron Taylor, Managing Director of Parklands Group, “We are absolutely delighted to be named Moray Business of the Year in the Highland Business Awards. This is a tremendous vote of confidence in our hard working staff and I want to pay tribute to them for their continued support.
“This has been an exciting month for Parklands with the opening of our new state of the art care homes in Tain and Muir of Ord, and our plans for a new £3.5 million facility in Grantown, which have been well received. We are looking forward to the future as we continue to grow the business and deliver ever higher standards of care in our new state of the art care homes.”
Last year, Parklands Group won the Moray Chamber of Commerce Business Award for its outstanding contribution to the Moray economy. The company employs 475 staff across seven care homes in Moray and Highland.
Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has tabled a Motion in the Scottish Parliament welcoming Parklands’ £5 million investment in the new homes, its plans for Grantown and its success in the Highland Business Awards.
Her Motion reads:
“That the Parliament welcomes the official opening by the Lord Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty of new state of the art care homes for the elderly in Tain and Muir of Ord, built at a cost of £5 million, congratulates Parklands Group, which developed and operates the new care facilities, on its commitment to provide new standards of comfort and luxury for elderly people in care, recognises that the proportion of elderly people living in Highland is significantly higher than the Scottish average and that many communities lack modern care facilities for the elderly, welcomes Parklands Group’s recent proposals to develop a new £3.5 million care facility in Grantown, notes that Parklands makes a significant contribution to the economies of Moray and Highland and will create 50 new jobs in Grantown as a result of its latest investment, and congratulates the company on being shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Highland Business Awards.”
(Pictured: Ron Taylor, MD of Parklands Group)