Care provider wins award after 18 months in business

Business awards: Pivot, The Stable, Brewery Drive, Lockwood.Left to right, Andrew Kitterick, Michael and Lucy Smith.

West Yorkshire social care provider and educational consultancy Pivot has rebranded and recently won a coveted business award following a period of accelerated growth in its first 18 months.

Huddersfield-based Pivot is a forward-thinking educational consultancy and children’s social care provider, which innovatively combines social care and education to meet the needs of young people as well as the organisations they collaborate with.  Since its conception the dynamic company has gone from strength to strength, now employing 35 staff and having supported more than 60 schools across five local authorities.

Set up by directors Michael and Lucy Smith and Andrew Kitterick in 2014, Pivot recently won New Business of the Year at the Examiner Business Awards, which recognised the success of the business’ first year and a half of trading and its commitment to improving the lives of young people.

Pivot Care started off as a residential home for eight to 18 year olds needing a safe, secure and loving environment for them to flourish and return to their family home, foster care or adoption with the skills needed to succeed in life. It then evolved to include Pivot Educational Consultancy to support young people from an academic, behavioural and psychological aspect, providing assistance to schools through training, staff deployment, assessment and leadership support to help improve performance and best practice.

Pivot now forms the umbrella of the two core businesses and its fresh and vibrant new look reflects the company’s main commitment to supporting young people through innovative and creative methods, and its vision to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.

MD Michael Smith said: “We have a team of dedicated and experienced individuals that are immensely passionate about what we do and want to make a difference to young people’s lives. Our ethos is about putting children at the centre of everything we do, whether that’s offering residential care for those in need and nurturing them until they are ready to leave, or guiding schools to improve and develop good practice by challenging what needs to change so they can provide the best education to young people.

“To win the New Business Award is testament to the passion and the hard work that the team has put into the young people we work alongside over the last few months, as well as helping to develop the educational consultancy side of the business to improve education for all.”