The MCG Group has acquired Ipswich-based Poppy Nursing and Care Services, a supplier of nurses and carers to hospital trusts and care homes across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and the wider UK.

The MCG Group, which has rebranded from McGinley Group, is a collection of companies providing services in the aerospace and aviation, construction, education, healthcare and technology sectors.

The acquisition of Poppy Nursing and Care complements MGG’s healthcare recruitment brand, MCG Healthcare, which specialises in placing primary and secondary care professionals, including nursing, doctors and allied health professionals to public and private sector healthcare settings.

Colm McGinley, chief executive of The MCG Group, said: “This is our first healthcare acquisition and will further strengthen our group, building on the start we have already made in the healthcare market. Whilst we continue to grow organically, this further supports our five-year growth plans and our vision to be recognised as a group of companies people love to work for and with.”

Ash Higgs, director of MCG Healthcare, added: “It was clear from the outset that both our work cultures and our focus on quality care align. With our existing presence in mainly the North and South of England, and Poppy Nursing and Care Services Ltd predominantly supporting the Southeast, there is already great potential to maximise and align the regional strengths of both operations.”

Claire Woodman, Poppy Nursing and Care Services’ managing director said: “While it’s a difficult decision to sell a business that you’ve worked so hard to build, it was evident from the outset that our two businesses had a clear synergy. I look forward to the transition of our business into The MCG Group and ensuring the continuation of great service to our clients.”

Kelly-Anne Byres, Poppy Nursing and Care Services’ finance director, added: “We’re confident that The MCG Group is a great fit for our business. Their focus on people really stood out to us, as did their commitment to excellence, assuring us that the quality line we’ve worked so hard to build, will continue into the new ownership.”

Poppy Nursing and Care Services retain its branding and trading name, working alongside MCG Healthcare. Over time the MCG Group says it plans to merge the brand into MCG Healthcare.

Date published: November 26, 2020

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