Investment group swoops for Bristol care provider

Yannis Loucopoulos
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Buy and build Manchester-based investment group, Tristone Capital, has acquired Bristol’s Premier Care Management through its care division, Tristone Healthcare, for an undisclosed sum.

Premier Care Management was founded in 2009 by Steve Bristow as a provider of community and outreach services within the South West as an alternative to residential accommodation and support, for vulnerable adults, young people and young offenders.

The organisation provides supported accommodation for young adults across 13 properties with a team of 26.

Tristone Healthcare’s strategy is to acquire high quality businesses with strong fundamentals, delivering outstanding care and support to vulnerable people who need it most.

As part of the transaction, Hayley Williams will retain a minority shareholding and continue in her role as managing director.

Hayley said: “We’ve built a strong reputation for providing alternatives for those in care and those leaving care, to move from adolescence into adulthood and ensure its successful and a safe transition. Our experienced team strives to provide our young people and adults with positive and successful outcomes to reach their full potential.

“We believe the business has significant future potential and to maximise this we would need to find a partner to support the next stage of growth and ensure an effective succession plan. As well as sharing our values and vision for Premier Care Management, Tristone brings the deep industry expertise, infrastructure and business experience that we were looking for.”

Tristone adds value to its community businesses beyond investment and has recently launched an independent safeguarding board. The board is made up of seven of industry’s leading figures who are responsible for observing and overseeing care and safeguarding matters for Tristone Healthcare’s portfolio of businesses.

Tristone founder and CEO, Yannis Loucopoulos, said: “Hayley and the team at Premier Care Management have built a highly regarded business delivering life-changing support services.

“As we continue to grow our community of investment businesses across the UK, we recognised that Premier epitomised our acquisition criteria – a company which delivers outstanding services and is well-run, profitable and cash generative. In addition, we identified clear synergies with the service offering and location of current portfolio business, Sportfit Support Services.”

He added: “We look forward to working with the team to support future growth and delivery of the excellent support which has become Premier Care Management’s hallmark.”

The deal was brokered by Redwoods Dowling Kerr. Tristone was advised by business advisory and accountancy firm MHA Moore and Smalley, led by corporate finance director, Simon Carruthers and tax partner David Bennett, who provided deal advisory and taxation due diligence support. St John’s Legal provided legal advice.

Jon Miles, a director at Richardson Swift, provided tax and accounting advice to the vendors. Ince Metcalfes provided legal advice, led by corporate managing associate Edward Chapman

Simon Carruthers said: “Premier Care Management is a great addition to Tristone Healthcare’s impressive portfolio of purposeful businesses that are creating real community impact. We’re proud to have assisted Tristone on this strategic acquisition that will deliver benefits for a wide range of stakeholders, especially in allowing Premier Care Management to secure the investment needed to help even more people.”

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