Gordon Sanders bought Essex-based Runwood Homes for £60,000 from a close friend in 1988. A decade later he sold the company’s assets before embarking on a new programme of building and acquisition that has led to sales growth of 66% a year from £3.9m in 1999 to £17.9m in 2002. Runwood says it owns 25 residential homes with 1,400 beds, operates six day centres and provides home-based care. Some 90% of its residents are referred by local councils.
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