Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of Somerset-based domiciliary care agency, Way Ahead Care, to Somerset Care.
Established in the late 1990s, the company’s directors have decided that the time is right for Way Ahead Care to be taken under the umbrella of a larger organization and have appointed Christie & Co to sell the business.
The domiciliary care agency runs from urban office premises in two Somerset locations which allow it to operate across the county without being in direct competition with itself and across different local authority areas.
The business has been purchased by Somerset Care which has 27 care homes and provides care and support to help service users remain independent in their own homes.
Speaking on behalf of Somerset Care, chief executive officer, Gary Ridewood, said: ‘By acquiring Way Ahead Care, Somerset Care is helping more people to live the life they choose at home.
‘There are no plans to change working practices or service offerings at either business, and both organisations will continue to provide tailored support to those who need it.
‘This is a positive step in Somerset Care’s strategy for growth, which enables the expansion of community care services in Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset.’
Simon Harvey, senior director at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said: ‘We carried out a confidential marketing campaign and received interest and offers from a wide range of purchasers.
‘However, Somerset Care’s position as a trusted provider and its local reputation was key in them being selected as the preferred purchaser.
‘Opportunities of this nature are rare in the market, and we were delighted to be able to achieve a positive outcome for all concerned. There remains strong appetite for a wide range of care businesses, and we are seeing this across the region.’
Legal advice for the buyer was supplied by Hazel Phillips of Royds Withy King. Kirill Bingham, Corporate Partner at Clarke Willmott LLP, acted for the sellers.
Hazel Phillips, a partner who specialises in Health and Social Care at Royds Withy King said: ‘We were delighted to work with the team at Somerset Care Limited on this acquisition and we really look forward to working with them on their growth plans over the coming months.’
Way Ahead Care was sold for an undisclosed price.
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