London-based home care innovator Cera Care today announced its acquisition of Mears Care Scotland, which will add more than 1,000 staff and 12 offices in Scotland to Cera Care’s operations.

The deal will see Mears Groups domiciliary care arm in Scotland integrated into Cera Care with immediate effect.

As a result of the acquisition, Cera Care is creating 500 new jobs in Scotland – the vast majority of which are care roles and recruiting is taking place now with a particular focus on Dunoon, Coatbridge, East Kilbride, Prestwick, Ellon, Perth, Glasgow, Alloa, Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Bathgate, Dalkeith and North Berwick.

This multimillion-pound acquisition continues Cera’s growth since it launched less than four years ago and the 500 new roles in Scotland are part of a wider drive to recruit 10,000 new staff across its entire UK business. In the first half of this year, the company provided almost two million in-home care visits.

Since its inception Cera Care has raised more than $90 million in debt and equity funding to support the company’s rapid national expansion, and it has grown into one of the largest healthtech companies in Europe.

Ranpreet Grewal, finance director at Cera Care, said: “The first half of this year has reaffirmed how vital social care is across the UK as a whole. Ultimately, we want to provide as many people as possible with access to our technology.

“This deal means we are able to create hundreds of roles across Scotland to help put people back to work, provide best-in-class support to the country’s elderly community and further support on the NHS during a time of unpresented pressure.

“We had set ourselves the aim of establishing a national footprint in Scotland earlier this year, and this acquisition marks a huge achievement for everyone at Cera Care. The infrastructure and talent we have been able to bring in as a result of this deal provides us with an ideal platform from which to continue our growth in Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

Date published: September 28, 2020

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