Sussex group secures finance for second home

Country Living Care Group, a family-run care home business based in Sussex, has purchased a second property after securing finance with Allica Bank.

Owned and run by husband-and-wife team Will and Deborah Andrews, Country Living has been operating Country Lodge Nursing Home in Worthing since 2019.

Having set their eyes on a second care home in East Sussex, Will and Deborah secured finance from Tom Easton at Allica Bank, a challenger business bank dedicated especially to supporting established businesses, to purchase Alfriston Court near Eastbourne.

Dr Will Andrews, owner of Country Living Care Group, said: “We know what it takes to build up a care home that stands out both for the quality of care given and the beauty of the surroundings. The peace of mind this brings to residents and their families is enormous and we were keen to offer this same standard to residents at Alfriston Court. Being let down at the last minute by our previous bank left us feeling disappointed that we wouldn’t be able to do this.

“Working with Tom and the team at Allica Bank has been a breath of fresh air. They have a common-sense, human approach. They took the time to understand our business and our plans for growth, and found us the finance we needed. Now we can grow Country Living Care Group and offer more residents a care home that is centred on their needs.

“We are looking forward to becoming part of the Alfriston community and are very grateful for the warm welcome we’ve had so far!”

Tom Easton, relationship manager at Allica Bank, commented: “Businesses like Country Living are under-served by the high street banks and, as was the case here, often left unable to access finance and grow. At Allica Bank we assess each business – no matter how complex – on its individual merits and I was pleased to find a way to make this work.

“Country Living provides a vital service to residents and their families and has demonstrated that their model works. We were therefore proud to help Country Living purchase a second property. It was a pleasure working with Deborah and Will and I look forward to continuing to support their business.”

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