A BLACKPOOL rehabilitation centre has been given a £45,000 funding boost.
Spiral Health has been given the government support because of its ambition to leave the public sector, after it spun out of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust last April to become a social enterprise.
The cash has come from a £1m Government pot of money aimed at offering professional advice and support for 21 live and developing public service mutuals – organisations which have left the public sector but continue to offer public sector services.
Rather than handing out the cash directly, the mutuals receive professional support they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access or afford.
Spiral’s chief executive, Tracey Bush, said: “Our £45,000 support package has enabled Spiral Health to have real evidence and grounding to start to grow and develop the business – it’s a really exciting time for all the staff involved.”
Spiral Health services include a 40-bed nurse led therapy unit in Bispham, which helps adults to get back on their feet and return home after accidents, surgery or illness
The money has been used to hire staff from ‘Make it Happen’, a small firm with fewer than 20 employees who can help Spiral to identify where and how it can expand its business, make savings and win future contracts
Richard Dickins, director at Make it Happen, said: “We were thrilled to win the contract for Spiral Health as part of the Mutuals Support Programme.
“We struck up an excellent relationship with the team at Spiral Health.
“It has been a fantastic opportunity for us to provide business advice to them at a very exciting time in their development.
“We look forward to following their progress.”
Spiral Health is one of four mutuals in the North West to receive the funding.
Announcing the cash, Whitehall’s cabinet office minister Francis Maude said: “We know frontline public servants can run their services incredibly effectively as mutual businesses, improving productivity and efficiency.
“Our Mutuals Support Programme goes a long way to providing entrepreneurial staff with support to realise their goal, while increasing opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises to win government business.”