Year of expansion for Lowestoft-based Kingsley Healthcare
- Credit: James Bass
The EDP and Lowestoft Journal have asked people from across the town what their hopes and aspirations are for 2016. 2016 promises to be an exciting year for Kingsley Healthcare after it announced plans to expand. Chief executive DAYA THAYAN – pictured right, explains why Lowestoft is so important to the firm's future.
Next year will be an exciting one for Kingsley Healthcare as we move into our new headquarters in the centre of Lowestoft.
Spending a seven-figure sum on refurbishing the former county council-owned Clapham House, and renaming it Kingsley House, is a statement of our intent to make Lowestoft our home for the future.
We want to play our part in reviving the fortunes of the town and will work with others, including our dedicated MP Peter Aldous, to that end.
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We opened our first care home in Oulton Broad 16 years ago and we know the potential of Lowestoft and its people to write a bright new chapter in the town's history.
The recent Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney awards, showcased in the EDP and Lowestoft Journal, underlined the enterprise, courage, determination and strong values of the town's citizens.
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All we need are some infrastructure improvements, including the Holy Grail of the third crossing, to help Lowestoft reach for the stars itself. Here the business community can add its strong voice to the tireless campaigning of our political leaders. And the EDP and Lowestoft Journal can play their own important part by continuing to be the area's champion. Lowestoft, along with many of our seaside towns, has struggled to cope with the decline of domestic tourism in recent years. But we firmly believe the future for the town is bright and we, at Kingsley, intend to champion it at every opportunity, supporting events such as Stars of Lowestoft and Waveney and backing the efforts of local charities and good causes. Our move into Clapham House, helping to regenerate a key area of Lowestoft, will hopefully be seen as a symbol of the town's buoyant future. We will be immediately increasing our head office staff from 50 to nearly 100 and that growth will continue as Kingsley looks to double its number of care homes within five years.
To fuel our £200millon-plus expansion plan, there will be many more job opportunities in the future and we will especially be looking to exploit the skills of young people with a rolling programme of apprenticeships and graduate trainee recruitment.