Sir Richard is Mike’s mate
Mike Parsons, chief executive and founder of Barchester Healthcare, has become a well-recognised ambassador for the care sector to the wider business community. Mike recently spoke at Sir Richard Branson’s house at the celebration of the Fast Track 100 evening for entrepreneurs. David Cameron also spoke to the assembled business people.
Mike talked about the money raised in the past to support The Branson School of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg and how those funds had been used. Mike was one of the original sponsors of the school and has made visits to the students. He and Sir Richard have also started a bursarship scheme to bring under-privileged students from the townships of South Africa to study for a year at Stowe School in England; the school which Richard attended and Mike’s own son, Harry.
Barchester Healthcare were in the Fast Track 100 for the fourth time this year at number 63.