A successful property developer Gordon Sanders bought Hadleigh-based Runwood Homes for £60,000 from a close friend in 1988. A decade later he sold the company's assets before embarking on a new programme of building and acquisition in the care home sector. Runwood now has 67 homes round the country and made £12.2m profit on £93.7m sales in 2012-13.
Activity: Care homes
Latest turnover: £94m
Five-year rise in turnover: 81%
No. of employees: 3571
Five-year rise in employment: 75%