Founded in 2011, this Darlington business cares for more than 19,000 residents at 350 care homes throughout Britain. It became the UK’s biggest care home provider in 2017 when it bought 110 sites from Bupa in a £300m deal — as a result, sales rose 70% to £639.1m in 2018, with profits almost doubling to £54.1m. With a workforce of more than 25,000, it is the biggest employer on the league table. Led by chief executive Justin Hutchens, 45, it focuses on dementia, nursing and specialist care.
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