Budget is simply balancing your expenses with your income. If they don’t balance and you spend more than you make, then you could end up with a big debt. Many people don’t realise that their expenses are more than their income and slowly get into debt.

When we think of budgets, we think of a typical household budget. This could be looking at how much we allocate to various expenses like utility bills, mortgage and household groceries. This usually works well for individuals, but it’s more complex in businesses.

Companies normally use budgets to plan for future growth and expansion. Budgeting for future growth opportunities ensures that companies have cash they need to make decisions on expanding the business. Many companies review previous year’s budgets to determine how well they performed against budget and why there are variances. Not all budget variances may indicate a negative business situation. If budget variances occurred due to unexpected growth in sales revenue, companies may need to increase the budget amounts for future sales increases. However, if it was due to overspending, then there is a need to investigate and take necessary action.

Why is budgeting important?

budget_3bA major benefit to using a business budget is the ability to control how much money is spent on overheads.

Budgets also provide opportunities to plan for new challenges and ensure that there is effective cash flow management.

As the care industry is being squeezed to offer services at a lower cost, most care businesses are looking for ways of making savings and this can’t be achieved without budgets.

However, budgets are not only for companies but for individual’s managing their expenses against their income.

Planning and monitoring a budget will help identify wasteful expenditures, adapt quickly as financial situation changes, and achieve financial goals. When you actually see the breakdown of your expenses, you may be surprised by what you find. It could be those items that you bought six months ago that are still in the boxes and haven’t been unwrapped.

Since budgeting allows you to create a spending plan for your money, it ensures that you will always have enough money for the things you need and the things that are important to you. Following a budget or spending plan will also keep you out of debt or help you work your way out of debt if you are currently in debt. When spending is under control, you will be well on your way to meeting your long term financial goals.

If you don’t have enough money to do everything you would like to do, then you can use this planning process to prioritize your spending and focus your money on the things that are most important to you.

With a budget you don’t have to fear or wonder if you have the money because you already know. This sense of financial clarity is important not only to companies but individuals.

Like any other Christmas, there will be temptations to spend big, but stick to your budget if you have got one.

Budget Growth

With a budget there are no surprises!

Celebrating the positive



……………that’s exactly what we have been doing recently.



The support teams within the Liaise homes have been “Focusing on the positive in those we support”. The use of the ASDAN Towards Independence Programme has enabled the homes to “Create a positive learning culture” in which everyone is aware of “clear, shared goals” with regard to individual’s interests and consequent learning opportunities. The consistent, regular practice of these clear, shared goals over the last year has resulted in a number of individuals achieving their ASDAN Awards in their areas of special interest – namely cooking, art and sensory activities.

Recently, Andrea Ede, Learning and Development Manager, and Linzi Holt, ASDAN Co-ordinator, joined these learners in Applelea, Cornview, Sansa House and Baytrees and presented them with their ASDAN certificates – some rather lovely cakes were also shared!

  Cornview     Applelea     Baytrees     Sansa

There was a joint celebration. This learning would not take place without the consistency of learning support from the support teams in the homes. To show Liaises’ appreciation of the commitment co-workers have put into getting ASDAN running in their homes, co-worker teams also received certificates.

10 Good Reasons to Work at Liaise Loddon

A career is so much more than just a job, it’s something we devote a huge proportion of our adult lives to, and more and more these days people want to make sure that this investment of time pays off in job satisfaction and fulfilment. Here are 10 reasons why many of our co-workers have chosen to build a career at Liaise Loddon:

1) They make an incredible difference to peoples’ lives

And not just the lives of the people we support, but those of their family and friends, as well as your co-workers and the community as a whole. Supporting and enabling our service users to lead happy and fulfilled lives is truly rewarding, one reason why this is so much more than just a job for most of our co-workers.

2) An excellent salary and benefits package

Liaise Loddon is committed to becoming a Living Wage employer, and we currently pay all co-workers at least  £7.85 per hour.  All co-workers are entitled to a generous company pension scheme, as well as access to tax free childcare vouchers and shopping and travel savings.

3) Generous annual leave entitlement

All our co-workers are entitled to the equivalent of 7 weeks annual leave (28 days per year for support workers on the standard shift pattern) with additional bonus leave entitlement granted for long service.

4) Career development

Within Liaise we believe strongly that our co-workers should be given opportunities to develop their career, and our steady growth means that opportunities are always there. The majority of our Directors and Registered Managers began their careers as support workers.

5) 24 hour Employee Assistance Programme

All our co-workers have free access for themselves and their family to a 24 hour confidential helpline which provides qualified advice on a wide range of work-related and personal issues. Any co-worker who is sick for reasons related to stress or anxiety is able to access immediate help from trained counsellors.

6) Excellent Training

At Liaise we see the best training as being an essential part of our commitment to delivering the best possible support to our service users. Whether it be through our comprehensive in-house induction programme and ongoing development opportunities, or through our commitment to supporting our co-workers in achieving external qualifications such as the QCF, our priority is to ensure that our co-workers are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need.

7) Investors in People

Liaise Loddon has achieved the Investors in People Bronze Award, in recognition of our continuing commitment to achieving organisational excellence.

8) An active, varied day

Working with us means supporting our service users in every aspect of their daily lives – this could be anything from intensive sensory activities in the home, to making sure they have access to the widest possible range of activities in the community. Activities can include swimming, horse riding, gardening, visiting the local pub, or a trip to the seaside. No two days will ever be the same.

9) A predictable working schedule

As a co-worker at Liaise you will be working to a fixed rolling shift pattern, meaning that you can plan your life always knowing in advance what days you are going to be working.

10) Job security

There is an increasing need for adult care services of all kinds, and Liaise Loddon’s expertise in supporting adults with the most severe learning disabilities ensures that there is a constant and growing demand for our services.

If you want to find out more, you can see some of our co-workers talking about working with Liaise at https://www.liaise.co.uk/meet-our-co-workers/ , call us on 01256 812663, or email us at careers@liaise.co.uk.?????