Colten Care wins ‘Company of the Year’ at prestigious awards

Lymington-founded care home provider praised for dedication and dynamic approach

A Lymington-founded care home provider with five New Forest homes has seen off the challenge of companies from a range of sectors to win a coveted business award supported by blue-chip sponsors. Family-owned Colten Care won Company of the Year at the 2018 Solent Business Awards.

Colten Care representatives on stage at the Solent Business Awards. Hoping the trophy for Company of the Year is Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive. On the left is BBC presenter Sally Taylor and on the right is ITV's Alastair Stewart.Judges said the award, sponsored by KPMG, was made for “strategic thinking, an outstanding financial track record, a dedication to excellence and a dynamic approach to quality and innovation”.

Founded in Lymington more than 30 years ago, Colten Care is the only private care home operator in the UK that designs, builds and runs its own homes. It has 20 homes across the south with more than 1,000 residents.

The company has invested strongly in professional nursing, dementia care, employee engagement, residents’ companionship, the dining experience, community links and the physical quality of its homes and gardens.

The approach has landed top ratings from both care sector regulator the Care Quality Commission and the independent review site Carehome.co.uk.

Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive of Colten Care, said: “This award is further proof that despite all the negative national press about care homes there are extremely good care home groups out there, of which Colten Care is at the vanguard.

“Our residents are the very heart of our business and we make sure they receive the best care and life experiences possible.

“Reviews from them and their families and our regulator show we are the best care home group of our size not only in the Solent but across the UK.”

Nearly 300 people attended the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in the home of Hampshire cricket, the Ageas Bowl. The event was hosted by BBC South Today presenter Sally Taylor while the guest speaker was ITV’s Alastair Stewart.

As well as the award win, Colten Care was shortlisted as a finalist for Management Team of the Year.


Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes

Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...

Colten Care Belmore Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Court Lodge Lymington  Colten Care Linden House Lymington

Colten Care's Avon Reach  Colten Care Kingfishers New Milton  Colten Care Woodpeckers Brockenhurst

Image: Winning team. Colten Care representatives on stage at the Solent Business Awards. Hoping the trophy for Company of the Year is Mark Aitchison, Chief Executive. On the left is BBC presenter Sally Taylor and on the right is ITV's Alastair Stewart.