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A Bradford-based day nursery group is investing £1.2m after acquiring two new sites that will create 50 jobs as the business continues to implement its growth plan.
Established in 2001 by husband and wife team Danielle and Darren Dixon, Kinder Haven Day Nurseries now has eight sites located within West Yorkshire after it secured two pubs from Enterprise Inns, The Fiddlers Three in Clayton and Prospect Hotel in Eccleshill.
Ms Dixon, founder of Kinder Haven, said: “We are very pleased to have made these latest acquisitions in quick succession in areas which are ideal locations for us. It’s great to know that we’ll be providing more high-quality childcare in new, purposely designed environments whilst also having created 50 jobs.
“This is the sixth former pub site that we’ve acquired and they are proving ideal in terms of location, size and parking availability. We’ve now been guided on our last five acquisitions by Simon and his team at Gordons and the service they provide is invaluable.
“Their ability to understand what’s best for our company means that the advice given delivers tangible business benefits and underpins our growth plan.”
The Clayton and Eccleshill sites will undergo a complete refurbishment over a 12-month period to convert them into nurseries. A total of £600,000 will be invested in each new nursery which are scheduled to open in spring and autumn 2017 respectively.
As with the company’s three previous acquisitions, Mr and Mrs Dixon instructed Yorkshire law firm Gordons.
Commercial property partner, Simon Mydlowski, advised the husband and wife team throughout the purchase process including contract negotiations and applications for planning consent.
Mr and Mrs Dixon founded Kinder Haven by buying a former pub in Bradford’s Sticker Lane with a bank loan, after compiling a successful business plan and selling their home and car.
The couple, who then had two small children and now have three, lived in one room on the first floor for over 12 months while working full-time elsewhere during the days and converting the ground floor into their first nursery in the evenings.
Mr Mydlowski said: “Danielle and Darren have enjoyed a great degree of success due to their single-minded focus on ensuring Kinder Haven is an outstanding day nursery brand.
“We’re proud to be trusted to help them implement their continued expansion plans and look forward to seeing these two new sites be as successful as the others.”
Kinder Haven currently employs 130 staff and provides childcare for 700 children from over 500 families.