7/25/2023 | Childcare & Education

‘Outstanding’ Bolton day nursery sold to local operators

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of Little Lambs Nursery in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

Little Lambs Nursery in Bolton

Little Lambs Nursery is a highly regarded, Ofsted-rated 'Outstanding' children’s day nursery of exceptional quality with the capacity to care for up to 50 children aged nought to five years. The business operates from a beautifully converted, extended detached property which is located within the densely populated town of Bolton in Greater Manchester.

Since 2018, it has been owned and operated by Carly Morrison who has created a first-rate, ‘home from home’ setting which, due to its bespoke personable offering, is unique to any other nursery in the area.

Following a sales process with Sofia Beck at Christie & Co, and with funding sourced through Christie Finance, Little Lambs Nursery has been purchased by Gourav and Priyanka Batra of The Ark Experience Ltd. This is the pair’s fourth nursery acquisition.

Carly Morrison, former owner of Little Lambs Nursery, comments, “Despite the challenges of the current climate, we were able to find potential buyers swiftly. Sofia’s advice and guidance were greatly appreciated, and the approach was very personal. Selling our nursery was a hugely emotional experience and we couldn't have done it without the team at Christie & Co.”

Gourav Batra, Managing Director at The Ark Experience Ltd, comments, “Little Lambs is a very special nursery that delivers care that is bespoke for each child. We are very excited to have the nursery be part of our family. This is a phenomenal, outstanding setting with a culture that is centred around children which aligns perfectly with ours, and we look forward to supporting the team, children, and parents. This is our fourth nursery as the business has grown from our first nursery The Ark and Space after-school club in 2015.”

Sofia Beck, Director - Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, comments, “I’m very grateful to Carly for choosing us to assist her with the sale of Little Lambs. It was an important instruction for me as my main goal was to secure a new owner whom Carly felt comfortable leaving her lovely nursery with. I really wish Carly all the best for the future and I’m sure Little Lambs will continue to thrive under Gourav and Priyanka’s ownership.

“The transaction itself was not without its challenges which I believe, in part, reflects the current changing market. In bank-funded cases, we are experiencing longer deal times currently due to several contributing factors. With this in mind, I’d stress the importance of seeking the right advice from the offset if you’re considering the sale of your business.”

Alena Ray, Associate Director at Christie Finance, who sourced funding for the buyers, comments. “It was great to assist Priyanka and Gourav with the acquisition of Little Lambs Nursery. In a challenging economic climate, we delivered a competitive funding solution that aligns with the existing group. Priyanka and Gourav have great plans for the business, and I wish them all the success.”

Little Lambs Nursery was sold for an undisclosed price.


For further information on this press release, contact:
Phoebe Burrows, Corporate Communications Manager
P: 07540 063 598 or E: phoebe.burrows@christie.com

Contact the agent:
Sofia Beck, Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07736 616 687 or E: sofia.beck@christie.com

Contact Christie Finance:
Alena Ray, Associate Director
P: 07590 486 356 or E: alena.ray@christiefinance.com

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