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High quality homecare

ILS, a provider of acute domiciliary care, provides homecare each week to private clients and local authorities across Scotland. Services range from elderly homecare to specialist intensive nurse led packages.

 

Trebling homecare provision to become Scottish market leader

  • Our investment in 2005 enabled ILS’s acquisition of Home Concern. This added 6,400 hours of weekly domiciliary care. The managing director said at the time, “We now have the capacity to support the majority of Scottish local authorities and build our presence in new geographic areas.” 
  • During the course of the investment ILS made ten acquisitions and expanded rapidly through tender wins. This expansion was supported with significant investment in human resources and technology. Adam Holloway, partner at Livingbridge, said, “ILS performs a really essential service to thousands of adult and elderly service users across Scotland.  Our focus throughout was to build a sustainable business where growth allowed investment in people and systems in a sector with rising demand but acute funding pressures.  We worked with an excellent and highly dedicated team at central, regional and branch levels.”
  • At point of investment the business was delivering 11,000 hours of homecare each week. This had increased to 39,000 hours by exit.
  • ILS was sold to Mears Group PLC in 2013. Mears Group is a UK wide organisation, employing more than 20,000 people maintaining and improving homes, and caring for the people living in them.

 

“Livingbridge were an excellent partner to the management team at ILS providing both investment capital and strategic support at board level to the business as it developed to become the recognised leader in homecare provision in the Scottish market place.”

Scott Christie, Executive Chairman ILS 

 

Timeline

2005

Livingbridge invest in ILS – it is delivering 11,000 hours of homecare each week

2005

ILS acquires Home Concern and can deliver 17,500 hours of homecare each week

2008

ILS acquires Shield Care – ILS is now delivering 23,000 hours of care per week

2013

ILS is sold to Mears Group. ILS is delivering 39,000 hours of care per week