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Orchard Day Nursery sold by RDK


Redwoods Dowling Kerr are delighted to announce the sale of Orchard Day Nursery; a prestigious independent day nursery located in Liverpool.

The setting was acquired by an existing childcare operator, Mr Clive Barrett from Bright Start Day Nurseries, who has been working with Redwoods Dowling Kerr for some time in expanding his portfolio. Having acquired more businesses, such as First Steps in Greater Manchester, through Redwoods Dowling Kerr in the past, Mr Barrett is still working with UK’s leading childcare broker in further strengthening his portfolio.

The nursery has been under the care of Mrs Lorraine Moorcroft since 2007, who decided to sell due to her wish to retire. Under Mrs Moorcroft’s care, the business has earned a truly enviable reputation for providing the highest levels of quality childcare within a secure environment. This is evident in the setting achieving an 'Outstanding' rating by Ofsted at the latest inspection. Registered for 138 children, the nursery also incorporates a successful 32 place out of school provision for children from two local primary schools.

The nursery operates from a substantial and commanding former preparatory school, which has been sympathetically renovated and extensively refurbished to provide versatile and spacious nursery accommodation.

Orchard Day Nursery generated good levels of interest with five viewings and three offers, before being acquired by the childcare operative on a freehold basis. The nursery was a perfect fit for Mr Barrett in terms of its location. The high Ofsted rating, and the substantially sized premises were also key factors in his decision to acquire the setting.

Referencing the service received at Redwoods Dowling Kerr, Mr Barratt comments: "During the acquisition of Orchard Day Nursery, I found Redwoods to be very professional and supportive. They have a sound understanding of the day nursery sector and worked in partnership with both the seller and myself. This made the overall sale process run very smoothly. This is the fourth day nursery that I have acquired via Redwoods and I’m sure it won’t be the last!”

The vendor, Mrs Moorcroft also commented: “Just to say thanks to yourself and the team in supporting us to secure the sale of our nursery. We found the whole team very personable and easy to talk to and felt that you were all doing your best to help us to find the right buyer. We are very pleased with the final outcome.”

Sarah Ellison, Senior Childcare Negotiator at Redwoods Dowling Kerr comments: “We are very pleased to have concluded the sale of Orchard Day Nursery. It has been a pleasure dealing with Mrs Moorcroft, and we are delighted to have found the right buyer for the setting. I look forward to continuing on working with Mr Barrett on his journey to acquire more settings.”

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