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Robert Kilgour

Dow Investments Plc

London, UK

Founder & CEO

Dow Investments Plc

Robert Kilgour


A Scottish serial entrepreneur, investor and property developer, Robert founded Four Seasons Health Care in 1988, opening its first care home in 1989 in Fife, Scotland. He left in early 2000 when it operated 101 care homes & employed around 6,500 staff, the UK’s fifth largest care home operator, making his final financial exit from the company in 2005. Four Seasons is currently the UK’s second largest care home operator with nearly 370 care homes, around 18,000 residents & employing almost 27,000 staff.

Robert is founder & CEO of Dow Investments Plc, now celebrating its 28th year. In 2004 he founded & now Chairs, Scottish care home operator, Renaissance Care which has 12 homes & around 800 staff. He is co-founder & Chairman of video & security systems specialists, NW Systems Group. Robert is a founder shareholder, Director and Chairman designate of Kingdom FM Radio, the local radio franchisee for Fife. He holds several other Non-Executive Directorships, plus various Senior Consultant & Senior Adviser roles.

Robert’s first business venture whilst at University, was running a stall selling jeans & t-shirts at Edinburgh’s Sunday outdoor market. He founded the Scottish online political think-tank, & has served on both the CBI Scotland Council & the CBI UK SME Council.

Born, brought up & educated in Scotland, Robert now splits his time between his main home in London & his home in Fife, whenever possible raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Personal Business Advice

You learn more from your mistakes than your successes. Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with people cleverer than yourself. It is not the percentage you have in a business that matters but the value of the percentage - less can mean more. Don’t believe your own PR! Remember - what goes around comes around. Work hard, play hard and put something back. Don’t make sentimental investments.

Robert Kilgour’s Newsfeed

02 Nov 2018
The Scotsman
Robert Kilgour’s Renaissance Care looks to double up

Serial entrepreneur Robert Kilgour has agreed a deal for two Lanarkshire care homes as he looks to double the size of his Renaissance Care business...He said: “We look forward to welcoming these care homes, their staff, management, residents and their families into the Renaissance Care family..."

18 Sep 2018
The Times
Independence ‘would be worse than Brexit’, say business leaders

The group’s board members include the entrepreneur Robert Kilgour, its founder; Struan Stevenson; Jack Perry, a former head of Scottish Enterprise; and Ivor Tiefenbrun.

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Robert Kilgour’s Background

Founder & CEO
May 1990 - Present
London, UK
General investments - London
Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
Dec 2004 - Present
Edinburgh, UK
Scottish care home operator with twelve care homes in Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Moray - employing nearly 800 staff.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Mar 2017 - Present
Edinburgh, UK
Business and industry in Scotland are facing up to the challenges posed by Brexit. SBUK understand the importance of recasting Scotland's relationship with the EU based on free-trade and new forms of co-operation.
Non-Executive Director
Jan 2017 - Present
Glasgow, UK
StoriiCare understand how photographs can help to recover memories for those living with dementia. They developed a new approach to person-centred care. StoriiCare is a care management system with life stories at its core.
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Robert Kilgour’s Education

Economics & History
1975 - 1978
1970 - 1975