MCG Acquisition

Poppy Nursing and Care Services Ltd added to group

The MCG Group is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Ipswich-based Poppy Nursing and Care Services Ltd, 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 recently undertaken a major Group-wide rebrand project (previously the McGinley Group), is a forward-thinking collection of companies providing people-focused services in the aerospace & aviation, construction, education, healthcare and technology sectors.

A Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2020 and an FT Fastest Growing Company 2018, the acquisition of Poppy Nursing and Care Services Ltd supports the Group’s continuing expansion. It also compliments its existing healthcare recruitment brand, MCG Healthcare, which specialises in placing primary & secondary care professionals; including nursing, doctors & allied health professionals (AHP) to public and private sector healthcare settings.

The acquisition agreement closed on 10 November, having been approved by core members of the Board of Directors and top shareholders.

Colm McGinley, CEO of The MCG Group, said of the acquisition: “We are delighted to welcome Poppy Nursing and Care Services Ltd to the MCG team. 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 5-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 “As a Group we are ‘All About Great People’ and 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 South East, there is already great potential to maximise and align the regional strengths of both operations.”

Claire Woodman, Poppy Nursing and Care Services Ltd’s MD, said of the acquisition “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 Ltd’s Financial 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 Ltd will retain its branding and well established trading name, working alongside MCG Healthcare . Over time the MCG Group plans to merge the brand into MCG Healthcare, to give all our healthcare clients greater access to primary & secondary care professionals nationwide.

This is the MCG Group’s fourth acquisition in the last two years. Its first acquisition was First Choice Recruitment Ltd into its construction portfolio in 2018;  technology recruitment agency Creative Personnel Ltd in June 2019 and Simply Education in Sept 2019.

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