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Making the market

The last three years have proven relatively volatile in the health and social care market, with a mixture of funding and regulatory pressures and an unpredictable political environment making it tough for many firms in the sector. Despite these factors, however, there have also been a number of star performers who have been able to succeed despite the odds. To recognise this, Alix Partners and HealthInvestor have worked together for the third year in row to bring you their annual Growth Company Report.

The 2015 HealthInvestor Growth Company Report – which lists the 25 health companies with the greatest compound annual growth rate (by editba) over three years – is certainly a product of its time. Dominated by staffing firms, the 2015 crop highlight a number of fantastic businesses that have not only benefited from a competitive market environment for staffing agencies, but have done so with aplomb, separating themselves within a crowded competitive market. It’s no secret that a combination of wage and costs pressures, coupled with a severe staffing shortage, has hit the earnings of mainstream providers hard. It seems not a week goes past without another stark warning from social care leaders about the potentially devastating consequences of the national living wage being implemented without suitable funding increases. And rightly so. As opposed to previous industry cycles, where businesses ran into problems with debt gearing or onerous rental agreements, the national living wage has the potential to put a large swathe of providers out of business virtually overnight. It is against this context, then, that the 25 companies on this list deserve a huge amount of praise. Not least the care home groups and domiciliary care firms that have been able to defy the prevailing market conditions, or the niche players thriving in dentistry or fertility. Because regardless of how the market evolves over the next three years, it’s imperative that operators within the sector find a way to deliver growth and attract investment into the sector. The health and social care sectors need success stories to attract capital – and luckily here are 25 shining examples of just that. Congratulations once again to all of the companies that have made the top 25 in 2015.

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Matthew Flower

Head of healthcare
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Growth Company Report 2015

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Matthew Flower

Head of healthcare
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