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Sale of award winning Wirral based nursery portfolio

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has completed on the sale of Daisy & Jake Nurseries, an impressive portfolio of six purpose-built day nurseries on the Wirral, providing an effective operating capacity of 642. The nursery group has been acquired by leading international childcare provider, Busy Bees.

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Since 2004 the group has grown organically by acquiring vacant sites, including residential properties and former petrol stations, and developing their own purpose-built settings. The six strategically located, high quality nurseries all offer in excess of 90 childcare places at each site, extensive outdoor play areas, and car parking.  

The acquisition brings the total to 359 UK nurseries in the Busy Bees Group, with in excess of 50,000 children across more than 500 sites in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, China, and Australia.

Marg Randles, Chief Academic Officer and Co-Founder of Burntwood-headquartered Busy Bees, comments, "We are delighted to have the opportunity to add Daisy & Jake Day Nursery to our growing family. Our philosophy and passion has always been and always will be to deliver local provision to local families, and we work hard to ensure each nursery runs on its own merit with its own specialised and dedicated staff team in place.

"Over the past 35 years, we have been dedicated to providing outstanding opportunities for children to give them the very best start in life. Our success has been down to the people in our nurseries and we are very much looking forward to working with Daisy & Jake and their team of dedicated and passionate staff. We will work closely with parents and staff at Daisy & Jake to keep everyone up to date to ensure a seamless transition."

Former part owner of Daisy and Jake Nurseries, Lisa Collins, comments, “After 14 years building our nursery business, we have decided that now is the right time to hand over the reins. 

“I am confident that in Busy Bees we have chosen the ideal partner who will maintain the values and ethos we have all worked so hard to achieve. I know they will preserve the things that make Daisy & Jake so special and continue to provide quality childcare and excellent staff support. The future of Daisy & Jake is bright, and I will be proud to watch the business continue to go from strength to strength under its new owners."

Nick Brown, Head of Brokerage – Childcare at Christie & Co comments, “Christie & Co were delighted to be invited to assist in the sale of this premium childcare group. Daisy and Jake offers huge scope and potential for growth and will undoubtedly be great additions to the Busy Bees group. 

“2018 has proved to be an exceptional year for high profile transactions with the specialist childcare team at Christie & Co being at the forefront of all the major transactional activity in this sector. As a company we have been able to add value to each sale we are involved in, which provides the owners with the comfort that they have maximised the value of their business through any sales process.”    

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