Michael Buckingham set up Care Management Group in 1996 with backing from several business angels. His company provides specialised long-term care and treatment for patients with complex mental-health needs and learning disabilities, allowing them to lead as normal a life as possible. Buckingham, who in the 1980s worked as an adviser to Virginia Bottomley, the Tory health minister at the time, has a son with learning disabilities. Today the company runs 49 homes, caring for 330 residents, mainly in southeast England. Sales to local health authorities and social services have grown 83% a year from an annualised £1.3m in 1998 to £8.2m to 2001, when Care Management Group employed 367 people.
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