Family run care home in Lancashire expands with bank support

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Mark Brierley and his sister Hannah Townson have expanded their care home High Brake House to accommodate eight extra bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, which has received the financial support from Royal Bank of Scotland. This is the fourth extension since the brother and sister partnership took over the running in 2007.

High Brake House is an elderly residential home situated in Ribble Valley and has been transformed to create a home from home experience for their residents over the years and is the only care home to provide both home care and residential care in the local area. They are supported by 34 employees, ranging from senior carers to domestics, who all contribute to the excellent levels of care provided.

The eight newly extended bedrooms will take the total bed count to 34 with further plans already in discussion to increase this in 2017.

Mark and Hannah were young entrepreneurs at the time they entered into the care industry in their late 20’s. They gained considerable experience from their parents after they managed a successful care home in Bath before the family relocated to the North West.

Mark and Hannah have strived to bring something different to the industry after embarking on renovating High Brake House on takeover to bring this 100 year old property back to life, keeping all the features you would expect, including high ceilings and sash windows.

Royal Bank of Scotland provided £820,000 to refinance an existing loan, plus a further £480,000 to allow for the further eight bedrooms to be developed, which completed at the end of 2016. Barrow Construction, a local family business, are the construction team responsible for overseeing the build. They have a reputation for building first class care extensions and an eye for detail.

Mark Brierley, Director of Brierley Care, said: “Hannah and I are so proud of what we have achieved. We had a clear vison from the outset of what we wanted to accomplish and we are delighted with the results so far. We have been fortunate to be supported by a fantastic and loyal team of employees over the years. The secret of this success is that we wouldn’t ask them to do anything we are not prepared to do ourselves. We have found that by creating staff into dedicated teams, this is really helping our standards of care improve and is providing individuals with the opportunity to take on extra responsibility.

“Royal Bank of Scotland have shared in our vision since they came on board as our new banking partner and we couldn’t be more delighted with the knowledge, financial support and guidance they have assisted us with. They are professionals in their field and the localness of them being on hand really appeals to us.”

 Rachel Constantinou, Senior Relationship Manager at Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “Both Mark and Hannah are passionate and dedicated in providing outstanding care in this challenging sector. Their appetite to keep extending the high level of care at High Brake House is a fantastic achievement. We welcome them both to the bank and wish them all the very best as they enjoy their brand new development.”

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