Torquay care operator forges ahead with expansion plans

Nick Connors (Royal Bank of Scotland), David Gow-Smith and Julia Gow-Smith (Directors of Beechcroft Care Homes Ltd). Pictured outside Choice Care Home, Cary Park, Torquay.

Beechcroft Care Homes Limited has forged ahead with the expansion of eight additional bedrooms at its Choice Care Home in Torquay thanks to a £500,000 investment from Royal Bank of Scotland.


Beechcroft Care Homes own and operate four care homes situated in picturesque Cary Park, all within 400 metres of each other. They provide elderly care to their residents, coupled with care for those who suffer with dementia.


The latest development of eight bedrooms at Choice Care Home is the third project to complete in six years with more plans in the pipeline. This extension will create six full time equivalent staff positions.


David and Julia Gow-Smith opened Beechcroft care home in 2005 and have organically grown their business over the last 11 years to achieve a £2.8million turnover business.


Beechcroft Care Homes is the largest care home operator in Torquay boasting 119 en-suite bedrooms across all four care homes and employing 100 staff. This is a mixture of full time and part time staff, comprising of care home managers and deputy managers, senior carers, domestic staff and cooks. The close proximity of their care homes strengthens their proposition as an employer regarding collaboration and promotions for their staff.


David and Julia plan to enhance the external spaces at all four care homes to include water features, conservatories and outdoor terraces.

David Gow-Smith, Director of Beechcroft Care Homes Ltd, explains: “Over the years we have recognised the local demand for quality care required and have extended our properties accordingly. We will continue to adopt this strategy as we rollout plans to extend Southbourne care home in the near future.


“Now we have the extra bedrooms available at Choice Care Home we are fortunate enough to increase our care to the local community as well as creating new jobs in the process. Thanks to Royal Bank of Scotland and their knowledge of the care home industry, this is helping us to achieve greater success.”


Nick Connors, Healthcare Relationship Director at Royal Bank of Scotland, added: “David and Julia have a strong reputation locally and within their field of expertise. They are an innovative thinking couple and work closely with the local authority and community to keep expanding their care across Torquay. We look forward to working with them on their future aspirations to help them continue their success story. ”





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