CLS operates community villages under the Belong brand across four North West locations - Atherton, Crewe, Macclesfield and Wigan, with a fifth village under development in Warrington. 2011 saw the opening of a £10million village in Mealhouse Lane, Atherton. Alongside a mixture of 72 bedrooms in 24-hour care households and 26 apartments, Atherton offers its residents an onsite hair salon, bistro, exercise studio and internet café. It caters for both independent living and specialist support for residential care, dementia and nursing care.
2011 also saw the completion of a £5million expansion of the Wigan development - Millers Lane, Platt Bridge - which added 54 apartments to what is already one of the largest purpose built, high quality developments in the North West. Both of these projects were financed by the specialist healthcare team at RBS.
The company has also been recognised for its work. Last year it was named a winner in the Great British Care Awards and Julie Washington, the general manager at Atherton was awarded "Most Outstanding Community Village Manager" at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards, just months after the village opening.
Speaking about the year and looking ahead to 2012, Tracey Stakes, finance director of CLS Care Services Ltd said: "Looking back we have invested heavily and achieved a lot. Both the launch of Atherton and the expansion at Wigan has added greatly to our portfolio capacity, but the overriding aim has been to ensure we provide the best care possible for all of our residents. We judge this by our customer feedback and occupancy rates which remain strong. This tells us the design of our villages and the facilities we install are popular and sought after. As we look ahead we have further plans to grow the business for which we are in discussions with RBS over, but we will ensure that anything we do maintains our high standards of care."
Kenny Nelson, relationship director, healthcare at RBS who arranged funding support for both Atherton and Wigan adds: "This has been a big capital investment for the business, but one that has worked well. The response to both developments has been strong and puts the group on a strong footing entering 2012."