A Yorkshire care home has been bought out of administration, safeguarding more than 30 jobs.
Roman Court in Mexborough, a 35-bed nursing and residential home, has 37 staff and had been in administration for more than three years.
Maricare, a family business based in Oxfordshire, has now bought the home with the help of funding from NatWest.
Mike Whitehead, Maricare’s managing director, joined his aunt Mary’s business while playing for Rotherham Titans.
“Even at 23 and 24 I was looking for alternative things to do and I came on board in 2006.
“My aunt started the business in 2001 with a home in Oxfordshire, then we purchased another home and I learned how to do everything.
“I was playing rugby and working in the business at the same time.
“Because I had played rugby here and settled down here it made sense for our next purchase to be in Yorkshire.
“We looked around at a lot of homes but there was certainly something about Roman Court that we liked. It has a lot of potential, and we really liked the staff and the feel around the home.”
Renovations have already started on the home, with Mike saying that bedrooms were the priority followed by communal areas.
Maricare was started by chief executive Mary Whitehead in 2001 when she took on Beech Haven, a care home in Chipping Norton.
Mary had previously been a midwife teacher in the Army and a chief nursing officer in the NHS.
The firm has now borrowed from NatWest under the Government’s Funding for Lending scheme to purchase the Roman Lodge home.
The family worked with Steve Moore, a NatWest relationship director specialising in healthcare.
“Steve was always accessible and we knew where we stood all the time.
“Having good professional relationships is very important.”
“I’m thrilled that we have been able to help Maricare purchase their third home, especially as Roman Court was in administration so they have been able to safeguard more than 30 jobs and provide some security and reassurance to those members of staff.
“Mike liked the fact that NatWest staff have sector specialisms.
“I run a healthcare seminar every year and he came along to that and enjoyed it.
“I look forward to supporting the business even further going forward.”