Harnoop Atkar with Eleanor Laing MP and the editor of Asian Voice CB Patel

Harnoop Aktar, chief executive of Oakland Primecare, has been named ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at a ceremony in the House of Commons.

The 30-year-old, who runs Woodland Grove care home in Loughton, Essex and Hastings Court in Hastings, East Sussex, won the award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards.

Harnoop said: “I only realised I was a finalist when I got to the ceremony.  To win was a real honour and I’m thrilled to have this recognition.”

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The Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards are given annually to individuals who have made a difference to their local communities.

The judges recognised Harnoop’s skills as an entrepreneur, having successfully led a deal raising £30m of investment to support Oakland Primecare’s next phase of growth, which will increase its number of beds from 152 to approximately 800.

“Harnoop’s key to success is he instils the values of treating the elderly with dignity and respect,” the judges said.

Woodland Grove care home in Loughton offers residential, nursing, respite and dementia care for up to 72 people.  In 2016, its manager, Jo Coughlan, was named ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’ in the Great British Care Awards for London.

Hastings Court provides personal, nursing and dementia care for up to 80 residents and is aiming to become the first home in East Sussex to achieve Butterfly status for its dementia care.

“We want to provide exceptional care for the elderly,” said Harnoop.

“That is what we are all about as a company, and with our expansion we hope to provide that for many more people.”

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