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Yorkshire based Orchard Care Homes has won a contract to operate 40 care homes in the south of England and Wales building on its existing strength in the North of England and Scotland. This new deal establishes Orchard as a leading UK player with over 110 homes.

The elderly care market was rocked by the collapse of market leader Southern Cross in 2011. Orchard Care Homes won a contract two years’ ago to manage 40 of the former Southern Cross homes from landlord London & Regional. The transformation in the quality and performance of these homes has led to London & Regional awarding their southern portfolio to Orchard.

Paul Mancey , CEO of Orchard said “Orchard has invested heavily in quality programmes and measurable improvements in the care have been the bedrock of the turnaround of the homes we picked up from the collapse of Southern Cross.

“Winning the contract for the homes in the south is a fantastic testament to the skill and...

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