Nationwide reach helps fast-track property search

Paul Williams, Head of Agency, Bruton Knowles, Bristol

Commercial property specialists from Bruton Knowles’ Bristol office have steered a nationwide acquisitions programme on behalf of Midshires Care Ltd – trading as Helping Hands.

Over the past three years Bruton Knowles has secured more than 40 new branch offices for the organisation in locations as diverse as Middlesbrough, Preston, Swansea and Maidstone, as well as negotiating the acquisition of their new 20,000 sq ft head office in Alcester, south of Birmingham.

A number of further premises are under offer in various locations including Ipswich, Peterborough, Southampton, Coventry and Truro, and with active searches under way across the UK, the growth of the business is set to continue.

A recent workshop in support of people with dementia and organised by the recently opened Godalming branch of Helping Hands was opened by South West Surrey MP and current Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, as part of a campaign to make the town more dementia friendly.

Head of Agency Paul Williams, who has coordinated the property search on behalf of Helping Hands said: “We have undertaken a nationwide effort across our office network to locate suitable premises across the country so that Helping Hands can support and develop its care provision structure.”

Helping Hands is a family business started in the late 1980s by Mary Lee and now employing more than 1,000 people.

It is an accredited provider of live-in care to more than 70 social services departments and the majority of NHS Trusts across England and Wales and has been providing 24-hour live-in care for the elderly and vulnerable people for over 20 years.

Bruton Knowles was appointed for the major property acquisition programme in 2014 charged with finding new branch offices in locations across the UK.

Paul Williams said: “Helping Hands are determined to ensure their office network keeps pace with the growth of the business and is ideally placed to support their clients. Since its inception in 1989 the company has always received the maximum rating for healthcare provision.”