A south coast care home provider has seen off the challenge of companies from a range of sectors to win a coveted business award supported by blue-chip sponsors.
Family-owned Colten Care, which runs 20 quality care homes with more 1,000 residents, won Company of the Year at the 2018 Solent Business Awards.
Judges said the award, sponsored by KPMG, was made for “strategic thinking, an outstanding financial track record, a dedication to excellence and a dynamic approach to quality and innovation”.
Founded more than 30 years ago, Hampshire-based Colten Care is the only private care home operator in the UK that designs, builds and runs its own homes.
It has invested strongly in professional nursing, dementia care, employee engagement, residents’ companionship, the dining experience, community links and the physical quality of its homes and gardens.
The approach has landed top ratings from both care sector regulator the Care Quality Commission and the independent review site Carehome.co.uk.
Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive of Colten Care, said: “This award is further proof that despite all the negative national press about care homes there are extremely good care home groups out there, of which Colten Care is at the vanguard.
“Our residents are the very heart of our business and we make sur
e they receive the best care and life experiences possible.
“Reviews from them and their families and our regulator show we are the best care home group of our size not only in the Solent but across the UK.”
Nearly 300 people attended the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in the home of Hampshire cricket, the Ageas Bowl.
The event was hosted by BBC South Today presenter Sally Taylor while the guest speaker was ITV’s Alastair Stewart.