this company has built and developed a superb business model that caters for one of the most demanding sectors in the social services care market. The company contracts to the social services support services and provides invaluable assistance to young people aged sixteen to eighteen, vulnerable adults who may be maladjusted, autistic or have specific social issues to contend with. This can be helping them cope with issues such as personal health care, living on their own for the first time, shopping, cooking and budgeting, through to ongoing education, travel and transport problems from using the bus or rail network to, learning to drive. Each individual is contracted by the social services for a specific period or on an ongoing basis depending on their personal needs. The business provides its services in the home environment of the beneficiary or will source accommodation within the local community. Its process and support programmes have one objective and that is to help each and every client arrive at a point where they can make informed choices for themselves, be integrated into society and lead full, active and happy lives. The business currently has five children in its care all of whom have been placed with them by the local social services who are their main client. Key strengths: • well known and highly respected • growing demand for their services • superb and well qualified staff • excellent key manager • financially sound • ideal premises growth and expansion: this sector of the social services portfolio continues to see growth and the business has managed itself to a size suitable for the vendor’s requirements. Subject to suitable accommodation it would not be a difficult proposition to double the size of the business. Key opportunities: there is a huge demand for fostering services for those children under the age of sixteen and vulnerable adults over the age of eighteen. In addition to which the growth in demand for care for the elderly and infirm is a market that is acknowledged as a significant area for development over the next twenty years.