Sale of Care First

Our role

Bracebridge Corporate Finance advised the shareholders of Care First Management Services Limited and Respite Breaks Limited on a sale to Outcomes First Group. 

Birmingham based Care First has been delivering educational day provision to adults who have a range of learning difficulties and physical disabilities for over 25 years. It operates from a number of sites across the Midlands and has in excess of 100 employees. It works in partnership with the NHS, Local Authorities, and a number of charitable organisations. Respite Breaks is a CQC approved provider of respite care services. 

Our solution

Care First is an extremely niche provider of educational services and it was important to identify a purchaser who would be able to maintain the quality of service provided by Care First and also continue the excellent relationships with local councils and the NHS. 

Following extensive research, and a targeted sale process, exclusivity was awarded to Outcomes First Group. They are a leading provider of specialist childcare services and is backed by Stirling Square Capital Partners. The group comprises Acorn Education and Care, National Fostering Group and Options Autism.

What our clients said about us

Neil Thorogood, previous Chairman of Care First, commented: “We are delighted to have found a partner who will take Care First to the next level, whilst continuing to offer the same high quality services with the existing management team. We are also extremely grateful for the hands-on support provided by Bracebridge, who managed the entire sale process from start to finish, including the initial preparatory work, identifying potential buyers through to the final negotiations”.
Neil Thorogood
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Bracebridge advised on the sale of Care First, a provider of educational day services to adults with learning difficulties, to private equity backed Outcomes First Group.