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27 September 2016 | Childcare & Education

Christie & Co sells Barnsley nursery to growing regional operator

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has sold The Sandpit Nursery in Barnsley to 1st Safari Day Nurseries Ltd.

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The nursery was sold after the previous owners, who both established and ran the business since 2003, decided to pursue other interests.

The Sandpit Nursery is located within walking distance of Barnsley town centre.  It has capacity for 88 children from 0-5 years.  The site is an adapted and extended church building and includes purpose-built accommodation and fully enclosed outdoor play areas.  The last OFSTED inspection rated the nursery good in all areas.

Jonathan Wickens, Director in Christie & Co’s Leeds office comments, “We are pleased to see a regional operator expanding in the Yorkshire area and wish 1st Safari every success in their new venture.

“Christie & Co is continuing to see high demand for day nurseries across the north of England with many regional operators looking to expand as well as a number of individuals looking to enter the market for the first time.”

Nick Porter of 1st Safari comments, “1st Safari would like to thank Christie & Co for the help and assistance in acquiring Sandpit Nursery.  Since 2006 when we started operating, we have grown and developed our group throughout the Yorkshire region which now includes three nurseries in the Bradford region and one in Sheffield.

“Sandpit Nursery in Barnsley brings our group to five nurseries and we are now busy with integrating it into the group.  We continue to look for more acquisitions that will fit into our growth strategy and will look forward to further dealings with Christie & Co in the future.”