Carrick Care acquired by BUPA – Every group provider’s dream?
|Scottish provider Carrick Care Homes was recently acquired by BUPA Care Homes. Carrick1s former managing director BEN BRODIE talked to Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson about how his company grew from a single nursing home in Ayrshire.| Later this month, Caring Times will hold the annual Care Awards presentation night, a event which recognises excellence across the care sector, throughout the UK. Last year the category of Independent Care Operator 2003 was won by Carrick Care Homes, a Glasgow-based provider operating 11 care homes in Scotland. In September this year, Carrick was acquired by BUPA Care Homes, bring the giant1s portfolio to 258 homes with more than 17,700 beds. For Ben Brodie, Carrick1s former managing director, the sale to BUPA was the culmination of an 18-year career as a provider of long term care in Scotland. Beginning with a single nursing home – Shalimar – in Prestwick, Ayrshire, in 1986, by the time his exit strategy was completed, Mr Brodie had grown his company to 12 care homes with mo