A BURNHAM based care provider was named as one of the best branches in the area at an annual awards ceremony.

Bluebird Care, which provides care in people's homes across Slough, South Bucks and South Wycombe, was shortlisted as a regional finalist at the Bluebird Care franchisee of the year awards.

It beat off competition from 35 other offices in the region to finish as runners up in the awards, after being nominated in recognition of the team's dedication towards its customers and the high level of services.

A scoring system was used to identify the operations that excelled in business development, quality audits, finance and marketing.

Director Ian Inglis said: “All Bluebird Care offices across the country have shown such strong capabilities and dedication to their staff and customers, so it was an honour to be nominated for this award.

"It’s been an amazing 12 months for us, with the development of a number of exciting new initiatives, which will benefit both our customers and the local community.

"We couldn’t do it without our amazing team, who work tirelessly to truly make a difference to our customers’ lives.”

The Summers Road care provider is currently the biggest office in the Bluebird Care network of 200 offices across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with around 130 staff caring for almost 200 people across its region.

Earlier this year it was shortlisted in the Bucks Business Awards, came runner up in the Buckinghamshire County Council Dignity in Care Awards and its registered manager Nicky Beadle won Bluebird Care’s Regional Care Manager of the Year.

It also became a ‘Dementia Friendly’ organisation and as part of the initiative to support people with dementia and their carers, it is running an information stand on October 25 at Burnham Park Hall in Windsor Lane, while staff receive the latest training on board the Virtual Dementia Bus.

Bluebird Care chief operating officer Duncan Berry said: “Bluebird Care has been delivering high quality care to thousands of customers at home for over a decade, and we are privileged to have hundreds of franchises that genuinely represent the company’s values, ethos and dedication.

"It was a very difficult selection process as we had such a high number of strong offices to consider. Therefore, being nominated is a wonderful achievement, and all our regional finalists demonstrated expertise in care that delivers an exemplary experience.”