Royds Withy King social care partner handles sale of specialist care provider

May 15, 2019

A partner in the Bath head office of regional law firm Royds Withy King has helped the owner of a South Wales-based specialist care provider sell the business.

Hazel Phillips, pictured, who works in Royds Withy King’s social care team, provided advice and support to Geraldine Butler, who set up Values in Care in 2003 to provide medium-to-long term 24-hour supported accommodation to adults with complex and challenging needs. 

Values in Care, which has its headquarters in Hengoed, was sold to Coventry-based Swanton Care and Community for an undisclosed sum.

Swanton provides specialist, high-quality care ranging from autism and learning disabilities to mental health and acquired brain injuries through its leading-edge facilities across England. The acquisition of Values in Care will allow it to increase its footprint in Wales.

Hazel Phillips said: “It was a pleasure acting for Geraldine and advising her on the sale of the business she founded and clearly cares so passionately for.

“I know it was important to Geraldine that the transaction was as seamless as possible and that the new owners had a proven track record in this highly specialist area of adult care. It’s clear that Values in Care will be in very safe hands and we wish Geraldine all the very best in her plans for the future.”

Swanton CEO Garry Cross the acquisition of Values in Care enabled the Swanton Group to continue to expand geographically and across service lines.

“It underpins our ambition to build a leading care group in the UK with linked care pathways to better serve the needs of the people we support and commissioners. Swanton is now supporting around 430 people across the UK.”

Accountancy group RSM’s Bristol office and corporate finance specialists at La Salle Corporate’s Manchester office also worked on the sale.

Andrew Gordon, a partner in RSM’s Bristol office who provided specialist tax advice on the deal, said: “It’s always gratifying to get a deal over the line – particularly in cases such as this where it’s so important that the business transfers to the right buyer.

“Swanton has a proven track record in providing specialist care and is well placed to take over the successful business that Geraldine has worked so hard to build.”


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