Former GP and Royal Mail doctor Anil Sobti set up Alpha Health Care in 1998 to combine his medical and commercial skills. The company now runs 11 nursing and residential homes in Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and the London area with a total of 596 beds. Alpha has pursued a buy-and-build strategy, acquiring its largest home, The Lakes, near Walsall, in 2002. The venture-capital firm Praxis Nominees has a 40% stake. The company’s sales grew 100% a year from £710,000 in 2000 to £5.7m in 2003.
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