AWARDS Hertfordshire Careline has been announced as a finalist in three categories in the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016.

Hertfordshire Careline was shortlisted from over 700 bids from councils across the country, and will now strive for a winning place in the award categories of Health and Social Care, Partnership of the Year, and Business Transformation.

Hertfordshire Careline, a not-for-profit service of North Hertfordshire District Council, provides a range of services to help older people, those living alone, and residents with long-term health needs to stay independent at home. Its community alarm and assistive technology services provide 24/7 emergency help and reassurance at the press of a button. The service currently provides support for around 20,000 people in Hertfordshire and local areas, taking 1,000 calls a day — at least a third of which are life critical emergencies.

The award categories that Hertfordshire Careline has been

major northern contract cleaner Floorbrite, Nilfisk, SEBO, Prochem, and Unger, to name but a few. The consensus is that many other major players will visit, no doubt considering their stands for 2018.

One of the most consistent voices galvanised into promoting a separate but associated cleaning show in the North is leading cleaning chemicals manufacturer Greyland.

Reflecting the burgeoning growth of the North in general, Greyland in particular has grown year on year since their inception 18 years ago, and has doubled in size since the 2012 move to its new factory.

shortlisted for illustrate the partnership recently established between North Hertfordshire District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, and the Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS).

Cllr Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s Executive Member for Housing and Environmental Health, said: “We are delighted to be a finalist in these nationally respected awards. While our partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and HILS only commenced in April, it is already delivering outstanding results and helping many vulnerable residents to maintain their independence. It’s encouraging that LGC Awards have recognised this.”

Local Government Chronicle Editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows that a

council’s work in this particular area is something that can inspire the rest of local government. We have had, just about, a record number of organisations entering this year’s awards, making the competition stiffer than ever. The quality of the entries goes to show that councils are striving to innovate to improve services at a time they must cut costs.”

John Barfoot, Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “This nomination for three categories is fantastic news for Hertfordshire Careline. It is reflective of the high quality, cost effective service they provide to help the welfare and independence of our residents. This partnership is one of the ways Hertfordshire County Council is delivering care to older and vulnerable people across the county helping them to stay independent for longer.”

Sarah Wren, Chief Executive of HILS said: “Herts Careline’s shortlisting for these awards is fantastic news and much deserved. I hope that this example of our innovative partnership between local government and social enterprise will inspire other areas to invest in prevention and make a real difference to the lives of older and vulnerable people in our communities.”

In line with the renewed, confident North, Greyland has a prominent stand booked close to the show entrance where they look forward to seeing customers old and new.

“We are expecting many existing distributors from all over Northern England, the Midlands, Wales, and maybe some from Scotland and perhaps even the South of England too”, said Greyland’s Richard Dyson.

As well as cleaning chemicals, there will also be some of the latest machines and consumables coming to market, available to view at the show, and as ever, key innovations designed to save time and money.

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