A leading provider in software packages tailored to the care industry had its new offices in Haverhill officially opened by West Suffolk MP and Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock.
Mr Hancock did the honours at iCareHealth’s offices in Weaver’s Mill, in the High Street, a company that is going from strength to strength, so much so that it has seen a staffing increase of more then 20 per cent in the past few months.
Speaking at the launch, ICareHealth chief executive officer, Simon Martin, said: “It really is an important milestone for us as a businesses.
“We have invested heavily in this project, in lifting the environment and providing contemporary aspects for our team in order to drive that forward.
“It’s a contemporary space in an old building. We have gone from 32 to 42 staff and expect that to grow in the next few months.
“We are able to introduce some really skilled people and develop those people and develop those skills and we expect that to expand, so it’s really exciting to be able to do that.
“We are seeing the impact that technology can have today in care homes.
“There are problems but what excites is that we are able to start developing solutions that can help solve those problems.”
Mr Martin thanked the Gurteen family, which owns Weavers Mill, for helping the project come to fruition.
He added: “I do think we are making a change in this sector and I do think we are going to make an impact.”
Mr Hancock expressed his excitement at the growth of iCareHealth and the fact that it is bringing more jobs to the heart of Haverhill.
He added: “Here we are talking about you expanding highly skilled jobs in my local area.
“You are doing things that are not only good locally, because you are based here, but I hope will have an impact on the care industry over the whole country.”
iCareHealth was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2002 under the name iCare Solutions and worked initially in the residential care sector.
In 2012 it acquired Haverhill-based h.e.t software, a leader in the field of software solutions for domiciliary, or home, care.
After the merger the company rebranded itself in 2013 becoming iCareHealth.