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Administrators confirm sale of troubled Darlington care company
ADMINISTRATORS have confirmed the sale of a troubled care home provider in a deal which secures 850 jobs.
Darlington-based Castlebeck Care has been bought by rival care provider Danshell Group for an estimated £35m.
Castlebeck, which provides care for adults with learning disabilities and mental health problem, was placed in administration in March.
The company operates 20 units across England and Scotland, with nine in the North-East, including Darlington, Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool. The units employ more than 330 people in the region.
Its head office employs 87 staff, most of which are based at the company's base in Chesnut Street, Darlington, with a further 126 working at four facilities in the town.
Joint administrator Joe McLean, from Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: “We are pleased that the discussions with care regulators, local authorities and other important stakeholders throughout the administration and sale process have been successful in gaining regulatory approval.
“The completion of the transfer of assets, undertakings and operations to Danshell represents the culmination of several months' effort, during which period the care and social needs of the patients and residents have remained of paramount importance.
“We would like to thank all the doctors, clinicians, nurses, carers and administrative staff of Castlebeck for their support during this period as without their considerable efforts this outcome would not have been possible.”
Danshell’s acquisition of Castlebeck has been completed after the deal was granted regulatory approval by the Care Quality Commission.
Danshell Group provides residential care services and specialist facilities for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders and mental health illnesses.
It runs 16 facilities across the UK.
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