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Tuesday April 26, 2022


Balhousie Care Group Chairman shortlisted in Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards

Update: On a fantastic night at the Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards at the Hilton, Glasgow, Balhousie Care Group staff were delighted at the recognition received for Chairman and Founder Tony Banks – Highly Commended in an incredibly tight ‘Business Leader of the Year’ Category.

Entrepreneur and businessman, Tony Banks has been shortlisted in the 2022 Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards, the largest event promoting the talents of veterans, and their business prowess.

Tony, founder of the 26-strong Balhousie Care Group and a leading investor and philanthropist, was shortlisted from more than 250 entrants to become a finalist in the Business Leader of the Year category. The awards, the world’s largest celebration of veterans in second careers, showcase the value of military-gained skills.

Tony, a former 2 Para, helicopter pilot and Falklands War veteran, began Balhousie Care Group in 1992. Starting with a converted country house in Angus and a plan to make a difference in the care sector. He has built up Balhousie Care Group to become a leading, innovative and multi-award-winning care home provider across Scotland. Balhousie now employs more than 1500 staff, caring for more than 900 residents.

Tony’s other business interests include commercial and residential property and funeral services. He recently purchased flight school Tayside Aviation in Dundee.

Of his nomination, Tony said: “I am delighted to be amongst the finalists in the 2022 Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards and particularly happy to be a part of this programme to increase the visibility of business role models for servicemen and women.

“My armed forces career was a formative time in my life and gave me the skills and drive needed to lead a company like Balhousie Care Group for the last 30 years.”

Each year thousands of servicemen and women leave the British Armed Forces, with well-honed military skills and values. The Ex-Forces in Business Awards increases the visibility of business role models for service leavers as well as servicemen and women still serving.

The winners are decided by an independent judging panel made up of 22 veterans and business leaders and the final awards ceremony will be hosted by TV presenter and Invictus Games gold medallist, JJ Chalmers at the Hilton Glasgow’s Grand Ballroom, 25 May, 2022.

Ben Rossi, founder of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, said: “The large variety of companies and sectors represented on this impressive shortlist of finalists speaks volumes to the vast breadth of talent in the veterans talent pool. Savvy employers across all industries are getting wise to the exceptional value that veterans and the wider Armed Forces community offer and we’re very proud to lead the way in showcasing that value.”

For more information on Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk

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For media enquiries please contact Gillian Drummond on gillian.drummond@balhousiecare.co.uk or call 01738 254254/07365 284994.


Notes to Editors

About Balhousie Care Group
Balhousie Care Group was formed 30 years ago to fill a gap in quality residential care in North East Scotland. Today, with 26 homes in the area, it is one of the leading providers of care for the elderly in Scotland, providing care to over 900 residents.

Balhousie Care prides itself on its person-centred approach to care. Putting people right at the forefront of everything they do; it’s inclusive of everyone. They capture this philosophy through the roll out of ‘Together We’re Great’, an initiative which recognises the skills, talents, attributes and support areas for each and every person involved in the organisation. Together We’re Great aims to value individuality and promote excellence across the organisation.

A Participation Charter – a first-of-its-kind in the care home sector – commits to residents getting a bigger say than ever in the care they receive, from writing care home policies to recruiting staff.

Balhousie Care Group is the recipient of numerous awards. These include three Scottish Care Awards, a 2021 Great British Care Award, 2022 s1Jobs Recruitment Award, 2019 Growth Business and 2018 Service Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards, 2019 Growth Business of the Year Perthshire Chamber of Commerce STAR Award, and SME Scotland Business Man of the Year 2019 for Chairman Tony Banks.

About the Ex-Forces in Business Awards
The Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the world’s largest celebration of military veterans in business. Taking place in London and Glasgow, the awards are dedicated to providing a much-needed platform for uncovering and showcasing the business achievements of ex-military, presenting them as role models to service leavers, and recognising the employers that support current and former members of the British Armed Forces. The prestigious events promote the huge value that military-gained skills and values add to the UK economy.


About SSAFA the Armed Forces charity
SSAFA the Armed Forces charity supports the person behind the uniform; any time they need us, in any way they need us, for as long as they need us. Every year, SSAFA helps more than 73,000 people from the Forces family get on their feet; those currently serving, reserves, veterans and their families. Support is there for people at any stage in their military career; from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran – no one’s service is ever forgotten. We give hope, help and personal support for as long as it takes to get that person’s life back to where they want it to be.