Advising WestBridge on £9.6m investment in Bespoke Health & Social Care

Our longstanding client WestBridge has invested £9.6m in Bespoke Health & Social Care, a leading provider of complex care in the community, to support its future growth and development.

Capital Law’s Corporate Team, led by Tom Kelleher, working alongside Phil Barratt, Gareth Williams-Davies and Cath Golledge advised WestBridge’s team of investment – comprising partners Tim Whittard and Valerie Kendall, investment manager Edward Minton, and investment executive Rebecca Sinclair – on all legal aspects of the deal.

Established in 2011, Bespoke is a specialist nurse led service provider, with over 50 employees and 620 trained carers who enable and empower individuals with complex health and social care needs to be supported within their own homes and communities. Bespoke works in partnership with its clients, their families, circles of support and multi-agency teams, to support children and adults with physical disability, mental health conditions, learning disability and autism. The company is committed to driving the Transforming Care agenda, which aims to provide care in homes, not hospitals.

Headquartered in Nottingham and with a strong reputation for the quality of its provision, the company currently manages contracts from 58 of the UK’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Founder Paul Sais has retained a significant share of the business and will take a seat on the board. The deal sees the appointment of Craig Rushton as chairman. He will work closely with the incumbent six-strong management team, led by managing director David Hatton, to take the business forward.

Tim Whittard, Partner at Westbridge, said:

We are very pleased to have completed our investment in Bespoke and to have had the opportunity once again to work with the great team at Capital Law. Their professional and flexible approach helped us to deliver this complex transaction in an unprecedented deal environment. Bespoke is a highly successful business with a reputation for high quality care, a strong track record of growth and considerable opportunity and potential. It is exactly the type of business in which we like to invest and we look forward to working with the Capital team to deliver on this potential as Bespoke develops both organically and through M&A in the future.

Tom Kelleher, Partner at Capital Law, said:

We are delighted to have helped WestBridge to execute this transaction in difficult circumstances. Despite the disruption caused by Covid-19 creating challenges to completing private equity transactions, it’s great to see that there are still quality transactions to be done. In Bespoke, WestBridge have invested in a successful, focussed business with a great management team which will no doubt continue to provide invaluable support and care for those most in need. Having worked with WestBridge for a number of years, we know that the management team will benefit from the significant experience of the WestBridge team and we look forward to working with both WestBridge and Bespoke in the future.

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