New forum member benefits from speed networking event

08/03/2017 00:00:00


Bridgend Business Forum was delighted to meet one of its newest members, Andrew Reed, at the most recent ‘Speed Networking’ business breakfast event in February at the Heronston Hotel & Spa, Bridgend.

Andrew and his wife Lisa recently established their Bridgend-based company, Capable Hands LLP, in September 2016, having spotted a gap in the market to provide support services to older people in the comfort of  their own homes. 

Explaining the background to his business, Andrew said: “As children of elderly parents, we realised that, currently, there are very limited services - both local authority and private - that meet the needs of older people in our community. Although carers provide a much-needed service, they are often limited to short visits with many clients to get around. Therefore, with an increasing population of older people, who are now living longer, they are more likely to require help and support to maintain their home, garden, pets, as well as certain personal care services.”

Going forward, Andrew is currently in talks with a range of statutory and third sector organisations across the county borough to discuss how best Capable Hands can complement these services.  He has already had positive feedback from several of the key services in the locality and is aiming to qualify for their approved care provider lists, as well as to facilitate cross party referrals. He sees being part of the Bridgend Business Forum as a key part of promoting Capable Hands within the sector and to make the necessary contacts he needs to develop his business.

He added: “I have already benefited from attending the business forum’s speed networking business breakfast event. Not only did I make initial contact with a number of service providers that our company will need in the next few months but, as a new business, it was also very useful to practice talking about our services and to get feedback from other business owners and managers on what we offer.

“I think the range of business sectors attending was also really useful; I spoke with several different organisations including financial services, telecommunications, marketing and even a dog grooming business. I definitely plan to attend the next speed networking event in June and other events make the most of my forum membership.”

Further information on Capable Hands can be found at: or by visiting their Facebook page:

The next Bridgend Business Forum’s Speed networking business breakfast – the smarter way to network’ will be held at the Heronston Hotel & Spa on Wednesday 14 June 2017 and can be booked via:

For more information, email:

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