Ultra-proud son puts his Sunderland mum up for an award

Benice Taylor and Jake Slater.
Benice Taylor and Jake Slater.
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STORY WITH SIDEBAR.

A business boss has told of her pride after being nominated for honours by her own son.

Benice Taylor.

Benice Taylor.

Jake Slater was so proud of his mum Benice Taylor, he put her in the running for the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards.

Benice admitted she was “shocked but happy” that her company Slayco Homes and Maintenance was one of the first businesses to be entered.

The four-year-old Stobart Street-based firm specialises in providing supported accommodation in the City of Sunderland, mainly for vulnerable groups.

So far, it has delivered 33 units and has a strategy to provide 50 more in the next 12 months.

My mam works tirelessly to create homes and accommodation for vulnerable groups in our community. The company funds the development and is committed to expansion and growth in this sector.

Jake Slater

Proud son Jake nominated Slayco and said: “My mam works tirelessly to create homes and accommodation for vulnerable groups in our community.

“The company funds the development and is committed to expansion and growth in this sector.

“We reinvest profits to provide more accommodation and in doing so provides local jobs within Sunderland.

“I can honestly say she works none stop and even though she has had some tough times, she never gets down.”

Benice Taylor and Jake Slater.

Benice Taylor and Jake Slater.

Benice agreed: “It is nice to be nominated. Jake is very proud of what we do he knows that we work very hard to support the needs of young people.”

Slayco’s type of work means it creates apprenticeship places for projects in the city.

Its approach is to work in partnership with the Local Authority commissioning teams to “establish local strategic accommodation needs”.

It also aims to deliver homes for specific groups, work with registered providers and offer ongoing maintenance.

From left Jake Slater, Benice Taylor and Sam Wigham.

From left Jake Slater, Benice Taylor and Sam Wigham.

Success stories so far have included a project to provide accommodation for young adults with autism, and another which offers recovery units for adults with complex behaviour issues.

A third provides help for people on the road to mental health recovery and another caters for adults with learning disabilites.

Slayco becomes one of the first entries in this year’s competition, and has been entered in the Small Business of the Year category.

SIDEBAR.

Make it Sunderland is again our headline sponsor, and will sponsor our overall Business of the Year Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award, which is in the sponsor’s gift.

Make It Sunderland is also backing the contribution social enterprises make to the city in the Social Enterprise Award.

Other sponsors are Maxim, K&L Groundworks, UKasl, North East Business & Innovation Centre (BIC) Gentoo and Age Concern.

To nominate, send your name, address and telephone number, the name of the person or business you wish to nominate, along with their address, telephone number and email (if known).

State which category your nomination applies to (from the list of categories) and provide a description of the reasons for your nomination (no more than 300 words).

Post your nomination to: Nicola Meldrum, Alexander House, Second Floor, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland. DH4 5RA alternatively email nicola.meldrum@jpress.co.uk or lynn.wild@jpress.co.uk.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, September 2, 2016.