Care Friends receives King’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation
21 Apr 2023
3 min read
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- Skills for Care
This #GoodNewsFriday we’re saying well done to our partners Care Friends as they achieve a King’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
Care Friends has been honoured in the first ever King’s Awards for Enterprise, receiving a King’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.
The Care Friends app, which was launched in partnership with Skills for Care, is a digital employee referral solution which supports the recruitment and retention of high-quality care staff.
Care Friends is one of 148 organisations nationally to be recognised with a prestigious King’s Award for Enterprise.
Care Friends has been awarded for its excellence in innovation, one of only 48 organisations in this category which recognises business success through creative innovation.
Care Friends and Skills for Care are delighted to be honoured with this award.
Neil Eastwood, Founder and CEO of Care Friends and author of ‘Saving Social Care’ says:
Oonagh Smyth, CEO, Skills for Care says:
The Care Friends app works by enabling and encouraging existing care staff to refer new potential recruits to apply for a role in their organisation faster and more easily using their own mobile phone. By utilising this personal recommendation process, applicants have proven to be more likely to be high-quality and new recruits are more likely to stay in their roles long-term.
Employees are rewarded with points for referring successful candidates which can be redeemed for cash.
Beyond recruitment, the app can also be used to support staff recognition and retention by providing points to individual employees, which can be exchanged for monetary value, as a reward for their hard work.
The King’s Awards for Enterprise was previously known as The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. The Award programme, now in its 57th year, is the most prestigious business award in the country.
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