Suffolk Business Awards 2020: Director of the Year winner

Roger Catchpole, MD of Stow Healthcare, is the winner of the Director of the Year award Picture: S

Roger Catchpole, MD of Stow Healthcare, is the winner of the Director of the Year award Picture: Stow Healthcare - Credit: Archant

Roger Catchpole, MD of Stow Healthcare, has been announced as the winner of the Director of the Year award, sponsored by Churchmanor Estates Company plc, at the Suffolk Business Awards 2020.

Stow Healthcare is a family-owned and run care home business based in Stowlangtoft in Suffolk. Roger and his company operate five care homes across the east, with a particular focus on the highest quality care in luxurious surroundings.

Stow healthcare has shown impressive and consistent growth in both revenues and profits since its inception in 2010 and now employs over 340 staff locally.

The judges highlighted how impressed they were with Roger’s absolute devotion to delivering the best care to his customers and his genuine desire to really make a difference to their lives. He was able to demonstrate exceptionally strong business, finance and marketing skills alongside expertise around property development.

He also knows that his business is almost entirely dependent on the service provided by his staff, and he takes their wellbeing and rewards very seriously.

Roger also showed resilience and innovation in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic by forming partnerships with the NHS in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to provide access to vacant beds within Stow Healthcare to those in need at the height of the outbreak.

“I am delighted to have been recognised by the judges in the Director of the Year category at the Suffolk Business Awards,” said Roger. “While personal in nature, this award reflects my entire team’s efforts, and I thank them for their dedication to making Stow Healthcare Suffolk’s leading private care provider.”

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The Churchmanor Estates Company plc is renowned for adopting a collaborative approach to the process of property development.

Through joint ventures with landowners, Churchmanor has helped to unlock the development potential of their landholdings.

For individual local and national business, Churchmanor has developed new premises for relocation or expansion, for example the new Birketts HQ in Ipswich.

Churchmanor believes in creating brilliant spaces for work and for life and has developed over three million square feet of commercial accommodation, which has included research and development parks, business parks, offices, retail and leisure and major town centre regeneration.



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