Care specialist continues to expand with latest acquisition

Optimo Care Group has announced the acquisition of complex care provider, My Life Choice (MLC).

Based in Colchester, MLC operates a range of care services specialising in supporting younger adults with autism and complex care needs.

Established in 2018 by Jane Lever-Byford and Stephanie Issacson, MLC currently employs 55 staff, all of whom will remain with the business with plans established to further increase the size of the team through further expansion of its services.

Optimo Care Group was co-founded by Mark Hales and Richard Walker in 2010 with an aim to “create a service to be proud of” through high-quality, progressive and well-reputed care services, initially across the North of England but now extending services across the UK.

Optimo consists of a number of subsidiaries, and delivers more than 16,500 hours of care per week, employing over 850 people operating across the North of England.

The expansion of the group’s complex care and supported living services is a key objective for 2023 and MLC furthers its geographical range and also the breadth of its service portfolio across the UK.

Ben Hales, Head of M&A for Optimo Care Group, commented: “Optimo has significant experience of delivering complex services and acquiring My Life Choice allows us to offer our complex supported living division across a full UK footprint.

“I would like to say thank you to both Jane and Stephanie for their inspiring work over the last few years. I would also like to thank Nathan Miller at Redwoods for his continued support and yet again playing an instrumental role in putting this together.”

Richard Walker, Chief Executive at Optimo Care Group commented: “I am delighted to welcome My Life Choice into the Optimo family. The team are skilled and passionate about great care and we share those values. With our long standing experience and scale, My Life Choice will be supported to reach its potential as a leading provider of very complex supported living and we look forward to working with and growing the team into the future”

This acquisition follows the recent acquisition of Mayday Homecare in Bolton and Safe Hands Support a little over two months ago.

Optimo was advised by: Oxygen Enterprise Partners (M&A), Freeths LLP (Legal). Optimo team: Mark Hales, Richard Walker, Ceri Bate, Ben Hales. My Life Choice were advised by Setfords Solicitors (Legal) and Redwoods Dowling Kerr (M&A)

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