September 5, 2018 Finance, Property

Encore eyes growth with development of new Poole care home

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A leading care home provider in the South of England is expanding its portfolio into Poole, with support from Clydesdale Bank.

Work has started on The Oakdale, Encore’s 84-bed facility, on Kingsmill Road, which will be the fourth state-of-the-art care home it has designed, built and opened in the last five years. Developed to offer the highest standard of care to residents, the team specialises in residential, nursing and dementia care, and the property has been designed to be light and welcoming. Each bedroom has an en-suite and there are a number of lounge areas, terraces and landscaped gardens for residents, family and friends to enjoy.

Encore has an ambitious growth strategy and is targeting the opening of three care homes a year. The Oakdale is set to open next summer, while its property in Redhill will be ready in 2020. The business is also undergoing planning permission for sites in Pembury and Reading, as well as identifying other locations in the South.

Claire Harrison, Finance Director at Encore, said: “We are an ambitious and well-resourced business in a competitive industry but we have developed a strong proposition and we want to dramatically grow Encore and provide outstanding care to areas across the South.

“Poole is an excellent location for our next opening – we are looking forward to adding to the care options in the community and welcoming our first residents next summer. We have spent a great deal of time working on the design and specification of our care homes and the feedback from our established properties has been extremely encouraging. As well as offering the highest level of care in beautiful surroundings, we also place great emphasis on the wide programme of activities we offer residents, ensuring it increases their health and wellbeing. This is an area that will be developed in partnership with our residents when we open The Oakdale.”

Clydesdale Bank has provided an £8.8m development facility to support the Oakdale care home, with Johnny Rowe, Senior Director of Health and Social Care at Clydesdale Bank, leading the team.

Claire added: “We have enjoyed working with Clydesdale Bank – Johnny and his team have taken the time to understand our business and been able to offer the right support at the right times. Their knowledge and experience of our industry has been incredibly beneficial as we have gone through this process and it’s great that construction is underway and making good progress.”

Johnny said: “Encore is at the cutting edge of its sector and has a service offering which brings something new to the market place. It’s three care homes continue to go from strength to strength and The Oakdale will be a great addition to the portfolio, as well as expanding the care options in the Poole area.

“We are committed to working with SMEs, to ensure they grow and develop. Encore has an ambitious strategy that will cement its position in the sector and differentiate itself from the competition. We look forward to continue working with the team going forward.”

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