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Independence Matters recognised in The Parliamentary Review

Sent to over 500,000 industry officials and policymakers, The Parliamentary Review is a series of independent publications designed to highlight the achievements and challenges of those working across a variety of sectors. Including content from directors and executives from all levels of business across the entirety of the UK, the Review serves as an indispensable guide to industry best practice.

Independence Matters CIC is a "profit for purpose" social enterprise, owned mutually by its employees and Norfolk County Council. Operating largely in the public sector, Independence Matters is an example of government rolling back and inviting business into that space as is elaborated on in this year's Review.

Sarah Stock, Managing Director wrote; “Establishing Independence Matters as a spin-out from Norfolk County Council was a time of huge excitement, anticipation, hard work and sheer exhaustion. My team and I went through a two-year due diligence process to demonstrate we had the knowledge, expertise and ability to run the business. We were elated when the company launched in 2013, but there were no guarantees that we would be able to make it work. Five years later it continues to be an amazing and liberating journey, enabling us to deliver great customer outcomes and improved value for money. As a team we have seen our staff raise their game, increase productivity and rise to the challenge of public sector meets commercial sector.

“Our purpose is very simple; to empower people, their families and carers to live fulfilling lives and remain independent. It was important that our business form and behaviours aligned with this, as it adds value and creates energy within the company.”

Theresa May and Professor Ted Baker, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals, appear alongside a small number of relevant individuals and organisations from the Care sector. Topics discussed in the Care Review include CMA's care homes market study, care home bed losses, wage pressures and tougher legal liability for corporate providers.

The recently appointed director of The Review, Craig Wilmann has emphasised that this year's Parliamentary Review makes it clearer than ever that it is "vitally important that there is a good deal of cooperation between business leaders and politicians."

Writing in The Review, the prime minister says that "British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review."

Independence Matters' article can be viewed here.

Sarah Stock at PR event Mar 19

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