Summerhill Community Care

Origins

Summerhill Community Care Ltd and Castleton Homecare Services operated separately, but started trading at the same time. They both started off being run from Nursing Homes (Summerhill Nurshing Home and Castleton Nursing Home). In 1999 Castleton Nursing was sold to a large company who owned a number of Nursing homes. Along with the home, the homecare business was sold. The large company went into receivership and sold Castleton Homecare Services back to Lesley Edwards. By then Helen Edwards and Hillary Hawer had left to work for Summerhill Community Care Ltd. As Lesley Edwards didn’t want to run Castleton on her own, she merged it with Summerhill.

Success Factor

The merger of Summerhill Community Care Ltd and Castleton Homecare Services was key to its current success, given the new business a bigger presence in our market place which enables us to grow even more. However, the decision by the Government to invest in keeping people in their own homes has expanded the market for the firm, but growth could not have been achieved without good teamwork and strong leadership. A year on since its last appearance on the Wales Fast growth 50, the business believes that the office staff work a lot better as a team as the organisation is larger now and needs more people to run our rotas and office. Most importantly, the two businesses have merged into "one very large happy family" and benefit from each other’s experiences and knowledge.

The Future

The first step will be gradual expansion in all current areas and moving east geographically towards the Severn Bridge. Therefore, whilst the business will continue to provide high quality care in the local community, it will also look to expand towards Caldicot, Chepstow and Magor areas.