A successful first year at the helm for Monica

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The nominations are rolling in for a Halifax businesswoman who set-up her own consultancy company for care providers.

Monica Thorpe started Thorpe Care Ltd, based at Calderdale Business Park, Club Lane, in January and has been nominated in the Care Innovator category at the Great British Care awards as well as the categories of Unique (most unique business), Pillar (most supportive business) and Courage at the Mumpreneur UK awards.

The company assists care providers to meet and maintain regulatory compliance by conducting audits and mock inspections and providing a report to assist the care provider to make improvements within their services.

Monica, a qualified nurse, has four regular clients, including one in Calderdale, and is in the process of establishing a care home network which will have regular meetings and guest speakers.

She said: “I worked for the NHS for a while and then went back into elderly care, which is what I did before I qualified as a nurse.

“I was a deputy manager and a home manager and helped turn round two failing services in West Yorkshire.

“I reached a bit of a crossroads and decided to do something a bit different and start my own company.

“It’s a very niche market and marketing is not my strong point. I’ve never really had to sell myself before so that’s been a learning curve.

“But I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it and I wish I’d done it a long time ago.”

Monica is hoping to appoint a member of staff in the next couple of months and says the business takes a different approach to most of her competitors.

“Working in a care home can be the most rewarding job in the world but also the most lonely place to be when it goes wrong,” she added.

“A lot of consultants approach it with warnings and negativity about the cost of non-compliance.

“But I like to get to know the providers and they know I’m at their beck and call.

“I don’t judge them, I go in with an open mind.”