This has been the year when we have sent out our message loud and clear - Kingsley Healthcare is in Lowestoft to stay.
Seventeen years after my wife Sumi and I started on our Kingsley journey by buying a care home in Oulton Broad, our proudest moment came on August 4 when we moved into our new company headquarters, Kingsley House, in the town’s Clapham Road South.
Everyone who visits us says what a fantastic office space it is and we are thrilled to have played our own small part in the regeneration of a town we are delighted to call home.
Kingsley House will provide us with the space to steadily increase our head office team as we look to double the size of our company over the next three years.
As well as moving into our new head offices, 2016 was also the year when we opened Four Oaks, our new £6million flagship care home in Manchester.
And our exhilarating journey will continue in 2017 when we complete the purchase of our 28th care home - Branksome Heights, in Bournemouth, Dorset - in the early weeks of January.
The year will also see us start work on another Four Oaks-style new-build in Brackley, Northamptonshire and a learning disability resi- dential home in Cambridgeshire.
Meanwhile, we will be seeking to upgrade and extend some of our most popular homes across East Anglia, including our award- winning nursing home, Eversley, in Great Yarmouth.
However, despite all our exciting plans to grow our business and create jobs, I will always remember how vital it is to remain rooted in our local community.
What has given me the most pleasure during 2016 is forging a new relationship with the town’s Access Community Trust and work- ing to support three of the charity’s young apprentices.
And it gave us great joy to be able to help our neighbours at the Lowestoft Over-60s Club by sponsoring their Christmas dinner.
May I wish everyone in the town a prosperous and exciting year ahead,