David Bates and Graham Lomer, the founders of the Healthcare Homes Group, and recognised care industry figureheads, have been presented with Outstanding Achievement awards at the inaugural Healthcare Homes Group Star Awards.

Having formed the business in 2005, together with business partner Richard Clough, the significant knowledge and direction of both David and Graham has seen the business scale from zero to 37 high quality residential care homes and 16 homecare branches, employing over 3,000 people.

With over 50 years’ combined industry experience, the two have been instrumental in developing a business founded on quality.

Philip George, Chairman of Healthcare Homes Group delivered a speech to both David and Graham to thank them for their dedicated commitment to delivering a quality service:

“My working relationship and friendship with David and Graham began in 1990, where I provided legal counsel to their former organisation. I soon came to realise I was working with and for very special people, who believe passionately in what they do, who care deeply for the wellbeing for the residents in their care and also for the staff that work for their company. They have a great sense of humour and working as part of their team was a fun experience and not a chore in any sense.

“David and Graham richly deserve the Special Achievement Award. They have built the group from a shell company with no homes, no assets or no homecare branches into the thriving, vibrant organisation it is today. In doing this, they have never been willing to compromise on quality, which has to be maintained at the highest possible level at all times, while maintaining their sense of fun and doing their utmost to ensure that the best interests of their staff and the people in their care are maintained at all times. I’m delighted that the company has chosen to mark the enormous contribution that David and Graham have made – not only to the business, but the care industry as a whole.

“I feel it is a privilege to be a part of the incredible journey that they have made, and continue to make, and wish them all the success that lays ahead for the business.”

Added Gordon Cochrane, CEO of Healthcare Homes Group said: “David and Graham are the epitome of professionalism; having worked in the care industry for many years, they have applied their expert eye, knowledge and combined best practice to create a business that is founded on quality. They continue to lead by example and we are delighted to honour David and Graham with a Special Achievement award for the impact they have made on so many people across the industry.”

The Star awards were launched to recognise residential carers, domiciliary carers and staff that go above and beyond, as part of their working roles at the Healthcare Homes Group, which is made up of 37 residential and nursing homes, plus 16 homecare branches.

For more information on Healthcare Homes Group, visit www.healthcarehomes.co.uk.