Anchor and Hanover complete merger


Jane Ashcroft

Elderly housing, care and support services organisations Hanover and Anchor have announced their merger.

The new group, Anchor Hanover, becomes England’s largest provider of care and housing for older people, with more than 60,000 homes across 1,700 locations supported by more than 9,000 colleagues.

Anchor Hanover Chief Executive Jane Ashcroft CBE said: “For more than 50 years, Anchor and Hanover have helped people enjoy later life. Today, in an ageing society, our housing, care and support is needed more than ever. Together, we can provide a bigger range of housing and care options and build more new locations. Anchor Hanover provides an exciting opportunity to create a brighter, happier future for more people. Crucially, our new organisation also enables us to offer better career options for colleagues and attract and retain great people.”

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Anchor Hanover Chair Dr Stuart Burgess CBE added: “More specialist housing and care will be needed going forwards, with new types of services. Anchor Hanover can offer more options, have a stronger voice with government and local councils, operate more efficiently and build more properties for older people. We have ambitious plans and want to provide more services, driven by the needs and aspirations of our ageing society. This could include social rented, shared ownership and outright sale new homes.”

Both Anchor and Hanover started out in the 1960s. Together, the new organisation formed from them provides rented and leasehold retirement housing and residential care homes across England.

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