Berks Healthcare Services Limited

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Wilson Field has advised on the sale of a Slough-nursing agency which was bought out of administration saving all 7 jobs.

Berks Healthcare Services Limited, which traded as Enchor Healthcare Services, specialised in providing healthcare professionals for the public and private sector.

It supplied registered general and mental health nursing staff, together with unqualified support and ancillary staff, to private hospitals and care homes in the areas local to the company’s offices in Slough, Portsmouth, Birmingham and Luton.

The company, headed up by healthcare professionals, called in administrators from Wilson Field after suffering from a fall in turnover, which left it struggling to meet unsustainable historic legacy debt. It had also been issued a winding-up petition from HMRC.

Kelly Burton and Emma Bower were appointed as joint administrators on 14 June 2018 and concluded the sale of the business and assets for an undisclosed sum to an unconnected company Connect Care & Support Limited, also based in Slough.

Kelly Burton, director and licensed insolvency practitioner at Wilson Field said: “The company had a turnover in the region of £2.9m per annum in 2017. However this is a very competitive marketplace, which is primarily price driven and recent minimum wage legislation changes had also impacted on the company’s potential profit margins.

“As administrators, we sought a purchaser for the business.

“This pre-packaged sale to Connect Care & Support Ltd saved seven permanent jobs as well as numerous temporary agency staff.

“It has also mitigated employee termination claims in the nature of wage arrears, accrued holiday pay, redundancy and pay in lieu of notice estimated to total £29,576 as the liabilities have transferred to the successor business under the TUPE regulations.

“This means the business has a new future moving forward.”

Berks Healthcare Services Ltd was incorporated in January 2015, but can be traced back to February 2007. Enchor Health Care was recognised and registered as Recruitment Consultants providing both permanent & temporary staffing solutions to many different Health and Social Care settings. It also had supported living and rehabilitation centres.

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