City and County Healthcare Group, a domiciliary care provider backed by Sovereign Capital, has acquired Comfort Call Limited (“Comfort Call”) as its twelfth acquisition on since September 2009 and follows on from the City and County’s acquisition of Willow Tree Homecare Ltd (“Willow Tree”) in October.
Marriott Harrison LLP advised City and County Healthcare Group and Sovereign Capital on the acquisition of Comfort Call and Willow Tree, having advised on the original investment by Sovereign Capital of City & County Healthcare (formerly London Care) in September 2009 and each of its subsequent acquisitions.
Headquartered in Gateshead, Comfort Call operates from 15 branches across the North East and North West of England. The business’s 1,100 staff deliver around 28,000 care hours per week to over 3,000 services users, assisting them to remain living in their own homes and whenever possible preserving maximum independence and quality of life for its mainly elderly end users.
In October, City & County also acquired Willow Tree which operates from a single branch in Hampshire, with its 85 carers delivering just over 2,000 care hours per week. Willow Tree specialises in the provision of more complex care in addition to the more mainstream domiciliary care.
Commenting on the Comfort Call transaction, Dominic Dalli, Partner at Sovereign, said: “Comfort Call is a high quality care provider which has quickly grown to become the leading provider in the North East of England. This is a significant acquisition for City & County and fully reflects the Group’s growth strategy of selecting acquisitions for their location, quality of service and size. City & County has firmly established itself as a leading UK healthcare services group.”
Craig Rushton, Group CEO of City & County, said: “We are delighted that Comfort Call is part of the City & County Group. They share our approach of providing an excellent quality service. The business fits well with the Group and strengthens our presence in the North where we also operate as Careline and Guardian. The business has been successfully developed by a first class management team who will continue to grow the company organically in the North West and beyond.”
Dee Sian (Corporate partner) led the MH team, comprising David Strong, Guy Hitchin (Property), Bob Cordran (Employment) and Tony Granby (Tax).