A GP membership service has scooped investment and the backing of the region’s famous Richardson family after winning their New Venture competition.
Concierge Medical started out in the Cotswolds and has since expanded across the region and into Derbyshire, providing its membership-based private GP service.
Managing partner Kat Carrick said:
“We are absolutely delighted. We have built our business on the passion we have to provide the best service to every one of our members. We offer a dedicated GP service to their homes – something otherwise unavailable. The investment will enable us to establish a new network of medical professionals to provide additional home-based services to our members.
But, more importantly, this provides recognition that we are an investable and scalable business that can continue to grow across the UK. The award by the Richardson family, a prominent group in their field, is giving us a vote of confidence in our business. You cannot put a monetary value on the boost that provides.”
The announcement was made at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Diwali event on Wednesday, November 20th at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in the city.
Having over half a century of real estate experience the Richardson family remain active developers and investors throughout the UK and across the world. The family has a diverse portfolio of investments across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme. Their international assets include King Avocado (New Zealand’s largest avocado estate), Plenish, who are at the forefront of the UK’s burgeoning healthy drink market; and software as a service (SaaS) businesses such as Logistyx Technologies and Coople.
The £30,000 investment through the New Venture award is made through the Richardson Brothers Foundation.
Concierge Medical was one of four finalist businesses, comprising manufacturing technology firm Composite Braiding and innovative food businesses Green Sisters and Family Secret.
Richardson spokesman Joe Robinson said:
“The four companies shortlisted to compete for this year’s New Venture award represent the strength of young entrepreneurial business across the Midlands region.
“It was a tough job for our judges but Concierge Medical are worthy winners. This is an innovative business that has identified a gap in the private health market and moved to fill it. We are confident our investment in Concierge Medical will enable this business to fulfil its ambition of expanding to become a nationwide operation.”
Concierge Medical provides membership-based private GP services to people in their own homes or at their businesses. One-to-one GP care is offered so that members’ doctors build a strong history with each patient understanding their particular needs. With 1,500 patients in its core Cotswold area, it has now expanded to Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Derbyshire since its launch in 2013.
Kat Carrick said:
“We have established a network of medical specialists that we turn to who can offer services that complement our own, but this investment will enable us to create a proper network of consultants and allied health professionals to provide our members with those private medical services.”
There was also a special ‘Budding Business’ award for Green Sisters, an innovative business run by and providing a range of healthy and delicious vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly Indian snack foods and curries.
The business is run by Birmingham sisters Geeta and Reena Salhan from their kitchen in Chester, who impressed the judges with their passion and ambition. The family business already sells its products in a string of farm shops and cafes and is on the verge of substantial growth.
It is the second time the Richardson family has run the New Venture competition and last year’s winner, the Burning Barn craft rum business, has gone from strength to strength.
The other finalists this year were both praised as ‘businesses to watch out for’ by the judges.
Birmingham-based Family Secret launched a series of seven cooking sauces based on recipes that Sunny and Harmeet Mudhar brought home after a round-the-world honeymoon. Now on sale through Ocado and The Midcounties Co-operative, the business is in the process of launching a new range of snacks with Virgin Trains and Virgin Atlantic.
Composite Braiding, based in Derby, is headed by managing director Steve Barbour and has developed ground-breaking technology to manufacture low cost, high volume, lightweight carbon fibre composite braided components that can be used across a broad range of industries.
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