Progress on the Care Home Procurement Process

Five companies have been chosen to enter into talks with The Highland Council to progress their bids to provide modernised care home services in Fort William, Grantown, Inverness, Muir of Ord and Tain. The companies have been asked to bid to provide a range of high quality services to meet a range of needs of frail older people from residential through to nursing care; to provide for short term breaks to enable supported early discharge from hospital and prevent emergency admissions.

Those involved are Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd; Community Integrated Care; Highland Care Ltd; Highland Future Care Ltd and Parklands Ltd.

They were judged by the Council’s Care Home Sub-Committee to be best placed of the 11 organisations, who submitted a pre-qualification questionnaire to demonstrate their economic and financial standing and their technical and professional ability to deliver the project’s objectives for the minimum of 15 years.

Their interest followed publication in the Official Journal of the European Union of an invitation to show interest in a procurement initiative to provide:-

The Council aims to reduce the short-list to 3 companies by March; select a preferred bidder by the summer, and award a contract for the five homes by the end of next year.


Care UK Community Partnerships Ltd is a private limited company whose registered office is in Essex.

Community Integrated Care is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, registered in Cheshire.

Highland Care Ltd is a private limited company and consortium, sponsored by Cyril Sweett (Holdings) Ltd, Allied Irish Bank and Guardian Care Homes (UK) Ltd. 

Highland Future Care Ltd is a private limited company and consortium, comprising Tulloch Ltd and Highland Home Carers Ltd. 

Parklands Ltd is a private limited company, whose registered office is in Buckie.





20 Dec 2006