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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Company details
Year2003
Rank92
CompanyRunwood Homes
ActivityResidential homes operator
LocationEssex
Annual sales rise over 3 years65.69%
Latest sales £000s17,949
Staff979
Founded1962
Websitewww.runwoodhomes.co.uk

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