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18 March 2020 | Childcare & Education

Small Friends Day Nursery sold to The Old Station Nurseries

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co is pleased to announce Small Friends Day Nursery, located in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, has been sold to a growing national operator.

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Situated in the heart of the busy seaside town, Small Friends has an exceptional reputation in the local community, and this is reflected through the nurseries Outstanding Ofsted rating since 2015.

Having operated the nursery for a number of years, the previous owner, Louise Parfett is looking forward to pursuing new ventures as a result of the sale. Louise comments, “I have loved creating and nurturing Small Friends into a thriving and outstanding provision and business. I will miss the wonderful staff team, children and families, but after 19 years it is now time for new opportunities. I am very excited for the future of Small Friends being part of Sarah Steel’s thriving Old Station Nurseries group. I wish Sarah and Small Friends my very best wishes and continued success in the future.”
 
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The nursery has been purchased by The Old Station Nurseries, a premium nursery provider with sites across the UK. The acquisition brings them to 19 sites across the South region.
 
Sarah Steel, Managing Director comments, “We are really excited about Small Friends joining our family. It is a really great nursery, with an ‘outstanding’ rating from OFSTED, and we are looking forward to getting to know the children, staff and parents.”
 
Sophie Willcox, Associate Director at Christie & Co handled the sale and comments, “It has been a real pleasure working with Louise. The Old Station was the perfect fit for the nursery, and I am delighted to have assisted once again in their acquisition plans.  I wish Louise all the best for her next venture.
“We received a number of offers and we went under offer within weeks of coming to the market. The demand for good quality assets in London and the South is as strong as ever.”