Lynn Laughland, managing director of HRM Homecare Services, which supports patients in East Renfrewshire and other parts of Scotland, has been named Women’s Enterprise Scotland Business Leader of the Year for 2019.
Lynn won the night’s flagship award at a ceremony at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, a fitting reward for a career spanning nearly a quarter of a decade at the helm of her leading home care services firm.
The award also recognised her huge support for and mentorship of other women-owned businesses.
Lynn said: “It’s been almost 25 years since I set up my business, and I am thrilled to have won this award.
“I think the most important thing for women to be successful in business is to build good relationships from a very early start. The earliest you are able to build these, then the more successful your business will be.
“Also make sure you surround yourself with good people, which I have done. My staff have been a tremendous asset to HRM Homecare, helping it develop and grow into a highly significant player in home care services. Its success is testament to their sheer hard graft.”
Lynn set up HRM Homecare Services in 1994 from her living room. She has since developed it into one of the largest care specialists providing home support to vulnerable people across central and west Scotland – including East Renfrewshire.
HRM Homecare’s success has seen its turnover grow steadily – its most recent figures have seen turnover rise from £3.1 million in 2017 to £4.6 million in 2018. Reserves have been reinvested in the business, providing better opportunities for its current staff and creating more jobs – around 70 new full-time posts have been created this year alone.
HRM Homecare has also be named one of the Top 20 Home Care Agencies in Scotland by an independent review company which collates feedback from service users, family members and friends.
Lynn has also won widespread recognition for the support she has given the women-owned business community in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Glasgow. She has mentored several women scaling up their business, and has attended business events and awards and offered support in the form of providing office space, business loans and financial assistance.
Lynn has backed a series of entrepreneurial start-up events and personally attended and spoken at several over the last year. One has been Glasgow Rising Stars, a leadership development programme held in April at the Riverside Campus at the City of Glasgow College.
Lynn is also a finalist in the Business Woman of the Year category at the Business Women Scotland Awards, while HRM Homecare is up for Business of the Year. The awards ceremony will take place at 200SVS in Glasgow on 8th November.