A busy start to the year

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By MATTHEW GASH, director, head of healthcare finance, Fortis Bank| With apologies, as it has been a little time since I last produced an article for this column. The chief reason is that the year got off to a bit of a rush start, and certainly the first quarter was the busiest I have experienced for many years. The general level of commercial activity was heightened from previous years ­ care home businesses were buying and selling, acquiring and developing, at a level of activity not normally seen in the January-March period. Just look at the number of closings (particularly in the PLD segment) in the sector made by the highly active Sovereign Capital, who have commendably emerged as market leaders. I had always assumed that too many decision-makers were on the piste early in the year to make serious commitments. It looks like the age of the blackberry, blue tooths and tri-band mobiles has changed all that. It is now possible to run a very credible business from the slopes of Verbier with such technologic

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