13= GORDON SANDERS & FAMILY
Care Homes 2018: £250m 2017: £200m (17th=)
A successful property developer, Gordon Sanders bought Hadleigh-based Runwood Homes for £60,000 in 1988. A decade later he sold the company’s assets and moved into care homes, growing a chain of 67 in Essex, the Midlands and Northern Ireland. The business has invested £22m in upgrading its accommodation and now has 4,585 beds. The business saw its profits more than double in 2017 to £17m on a £130m turnover. It also showed £166.3m net assets. There were press reports late last year that the business was up for sale with a £350m price tag. We wait to see the outcome of the sale, but raise Sanders to £250m on the back of a strong year and a £7m dividend.