Verna Group – the Bolton-based dynamic group of healthcare businesses has been acquired by Legal & General Ventures in a £60 million deal.
Advising the management team, Clearwater International assisted the top 30 NHS supplier in a deal which sees its businesses continue supplying 75 per cent of the UK’s hospitals. Karen Haslam, who has worked with Verna for over 27 years has taken over the reins as chief executive.
Verna’s fast-growing Care Shop subsidiary is one of the largest healthcare mail order suppliers in the UK, distributing over 8,000 healthcare and mobility products to nursing homes nationwide and through five retail outlets. Employing over 1,500 people the £59 million turnover business will continue its successful growth story through extending its market leading position in hospital infection control and by focusing on the strategic shift of patients and resources to the primary care sector.
One of Bolton’s largest employers, Verna Group is a group of healthcare companies that has aligned its services to the needs of patients undergoing treatment within the NHS system. From infection control products to the supply of carers who support patients in the home, Verna Group’s services are used in 75 per cent of hospitals in the UK and directly help them to offer better care and safer environment.