TWENTY new jobs have been created after a Hastings nursing home invests £1.5 million to expand its premises with the support of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
Owners of the Laurels Nursing Home in Old London Road, Jas and Baljit Thind, decided to build an extension because of increased demand and the expansion, which opened in April, includes 22 new rooms, a sensory and cinema room and three residential lounges.
The husband and wife team, who took over the care home in 2006 and employ 49 staff, now plan to hire 20 new employees.
Jas said: “We wanted to challenge the expectations people have of nursing homes and provide our residents with the best possible accommodation. The Laurels Nursing Home has a reputation for top quality care and the new extension and services will build on this.
“Through a development loan of £1.5 million from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, Baljit and I have been able to put the extension into action. The care home is at the right size now while still being homely and personal.”
The loan was provided under the government-backed Funding for Lending Scheme and the pair now expect the nursing home’s turnover to increase by 50 per cent since completing the development.
Trevor Shave, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “For Jas and Baljit, a high quality of care was the number one priority and it was important to them that their residents had the space and support they needed.
“The new extension has certainly given this and will create many employment opportunities for the local area. From the start, we could see Jas and Baljit’s passion and vision.”