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Hazlewoods Health and Care team have been specialists in the sector for over 25 years. For the twelfth consecutive year, we are ranked the number one corporate finance adviser in sub £50m health and care transactions*. Our specialist team offer a full range of services, to enable us to deliver wealth creation to health and care business owners. 

We advise many clients on their strategy from early stage to disposal. Services include accountancy, audit, tax planning and mitigation, business strategy, acquisition and disposal advisory.

During 2016 we advised on 47 completed transactions valued at £260 million, in addition to a number that sadly failed to complete. We were delighted to be involved in so many transactions considering the austerity measures and the impact of National Living Wage and other factors. 

We act for a wide range of care providers, including individual care home owners, corporate groups, not for profit organisations and private equity houses.

Health and Care Sector

Our team has unrivalled experience, offering extensive sales, acquisition, accounting, due diligence and tax advice across the healthcare sector:

  • Residential and Nursing Homes for the elderly
  • Learning disability/challenging behaviour
  • Specialist needs education colleges
  • Assisted living/close care/extra care
  • Drug, alcohol and eating disorders independent hospitals 
  • Domiciliary care
  • Supported living
  • Childrens' services 
  • Secure units
  • Foster care agencies
  • Primary healthcare

*source – http://www.experian.co.uk/marketiq/ - Number of healthcare transactions in the UK from January 2002 to December 2016


Our experience in the health and care sector dates back to the early eighties and we have a substantial national client base of health and care businesses.

Accounts, Audit and Tax

Corporate Finance

Given our significant experience in acquisition, disposal and financing we are able to offer a comprehensive service to clients wishing to expand or exit their business. These services include:

We have successfully negotiated many transactions in the care sector, ranging from single unit operations to major groups. Each year we carry out numerous assignments for clients.

What our clients say

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    We had no experience of selling a business and had already spoken to another agent before Hazlewoods were recommended to us. We never looked back. John Lucas felt we could achieve a significantly higher value than previously suggested by others and he was proved correct. The quality of the purchaser was also important to us and Hazlewoods did not disappoint. His team helped us through the process and we achieved a much better result than we could have anticipated. We cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Neil Davis and Clair Leonard
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    John Lucas and the team at Hazlewoods showed commitment and commerciality throughout the process. They had a clear understanding of our short and long term objectives, which enabled them to successfully arrange appropriate financing and structure the transaction in line with our requirements.

    Mr Dave Giles
    Abbey Business Equipment Limited
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    Hazlewoods gave me an organised, efficient and professional service when I was selling my business. John and his team have extensive knowledge of the healthcare sector, which gave me the sense of reassurance that I needed to reach the difficult decision to go ahead and sell my business. They offered support and advice regarding the sale of the business from start to completion.

    Ms Dawn Field
    Chosen Care Limited
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    As a social work professional, when it came to selling my foster care agency I was concerned about the financial process and implications of selling a business. John & the team at Hazlewoods were able to guide me through the process in a clear and simple manner, which allowed me to focus on choosing the buyer which most closely matched our own values.

    Mrs Kate Davies
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    I approached a few companies with knowledge of the care sector, but it was only after speaking with John Lucas at Hazlewoods that I felt really comfortable about taking the next step towards my retirement. A phone call swiftly led to a meeting with John and a reassuring conversation made me feel that John really understood Supported Living and the type of service that I had been so passionate about.

    Ms Katherine Aucott
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    Hazlewoods demonstrated a deep knowledge of the sector and were able to quickly identify and introduce us to Prime Care Community Services - an ideal opportunity that closely matched our acquisition criteria. Throughout the transaction Hazlewoods provided first rate advisory support and tax advice that was crucial to the successful completion of the transaction.

    Mr Robert Greene
    Assistant Director of Commercial Finance and Acquisitions
    Circle Care & Support
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Publications for download

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Health and Care Focus - Autumn 2017 Download the PDF
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Health and Care Focus - Spring 2017 Download the PDF
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Health and Care Focus - Autumn 2016 Download the PDF
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Key contacts

Andrew Brookes - Partner and Head of Healthcare Andrew Brookes
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John Lucas - Partner John Lucas
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Rachael Anstee - Partner Rachael Anstee
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