Suffolk agency is short-listed for national awards

Kelly-Anne Byres of Poppy Nursing and Care Services.
Picture: Stephen Waller

Kelly-Anne Byres of Poppy Nursing and Care Services. Picture: Stephen Waller - Credit: Picture: Stephen Waller

Mum’s the word for a growing local business

A Suffolk business has reached the finals of four national award schemes in the space of a month.

Poppy Nursing and Care Services, which supplies nurses to care homes and hospitals nationwide, is run by accountant Kelly-Anne Byres and health professional Claire Woodman.

The pair have just been earmarked as “exceptional women in business” by the Mumpreneur UK Awards, a national business recognition scheme.

This follows the news that the company has been pegged as Suffolk Business Champion in the East of England Champions Awards.

Kelly-Anne Byres is also a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur category of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and in the running to be named Entrepreneur of the Year in the Women of the Future Awards.

She has already been named by Management Today magazine as one of the 35 Women Under 35 to watch in UK business.

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She said: “Our business is only 18 months old and we are overwhelmed by its success.”

Claire added: “We place huge emphasis on the quality of service we provide and offer a fair, affordable provision with patient care at the forefront.

“Our dedication to this ethos is paying off and we are ecstatic to see recognition for our efforts and the effort of our staff.”

The nursing agency employs more than 100 staff and has branches in Ipswich and Nottingham. A third is planned for Southampton.

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