Carers from a company in South Devon have been revving up for their latest appointments after hitting the roads of the county in a fleet of brand-new corporate cars.

Carers from Devon Home Care picked up brand new Kia Picantos from Speedwell Kia in Newton Abbot as part of a £100,000 investment in the business by owner Trevor Askew.

Newton Abbot Mayor Cllr Michael Joyce handed the keys to the first car to Devon Home Care Manager Gail Brock before the Carers jumped behind the wheel of a car each and headed out for their appointments.

Gail said: “We have been providing home care throughout south Devon for more than 20 years and we are proud that our employees are part of the local community too.

“Our teams of Carers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, supporting our customers with their needs in their own homes. They always give their best for those that are in their care so it is only right that they should have the best in return.

“I expect it won’t be long before these grey cars become a very familiar sight on the roads of the area and I hope that will encourage more people to consider working in care and applying for a role with us.”

Laura Locker, Senior Relationship Manager with Lombard Vehicle Solutions, facilitated the deal for the new cars and will provide support for the vehicles through the life of the contract.

She said: “It is great to see a successful and thriving company like Devon Home Care continuing to invest in its business and its employees by providing them with this essential tool for them to be able to do their jobs - a modern and reliable vehicle. We are delighted to have been able to support Devon Home Care with this.

Sean Smith, a Partner with Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants, advised Devon Home Care on the financial aspects of the investment.

He said: “Devon Home Care is a successful company that really wants to look after its staff and provide them with the right tools to be able to do their job, so this made a lot financial sense for them.”

Giles Foster, Dealer Principal at Speedwell Group, supplied the vehicles and ensured they had the corporate logos and details applied ahead of the handover - despite only being open for three weeks.

He said: “This is a big corporate contract for us as a dealership because a lot of the business we have here is retail. There was a lot to do given we have only been a Kia dealership for three weeks but it all went smoothly and she are delighted to see everyone heading off in their brand new vehicles.”