Leicestershire nursery changes hands as owners retire

Nurture Me Day Nursery

Nurture Me Day Nursery located in Lutterworth, Leicestershire has changed ownership in a deal facilitated by property adviser Christie & Co.

The nursery was established in 2012 by Gill Masters and Helen Smith and has the capacity for up to 106 children, as well as an out-of-school and holiday club provision for 25.

It has now been purchased for an undisclosed price by Kids Planet Day Nurseries, which owns 190 locations across the UK.

Gill Masters and Helen Smith, former owners of Nurture Me Day Nursery, said: “Having enjoyed substantial growth over the past few years, we decided it was time to join a family-owned group of nurseries who could provide the central support needed for a larger setting, which also facilitated our retirement. Kids Planet was a great ‘fit’ with similar values to Nurture Me, and we both feel that the future of our lovely nursery is in very safe hands, for parents, children and of course our amazing staff team.”

David Eaves, director of childcare & education at Christie & Co, said: “It was a pleasure to support Gill and Helen in the sale of Nurture Me. I originally met Gill back in late 2021 and we had discussed sale options at that point. It was clear that there was a fantastic underlying business that simply needed a little time to recover from the pandemic for them to achieve the right value. Having now got the business to an enviable level of occupancy and profitability, it was the perfect time for them to realise the benefit of their hard work. Using our sector experience and deep market knowledge we were able to secure multiple offers in a short space of time and achieve a completion only six weeks from agreeing terms.

“We continue to see an exceptional level of demand for high-quality childcare businesses across the East Midlands from a range of buyers. With demand outstripping supply in the current market, this creates an excellent opportunity for nursery owners to maximise the value they can achieve in a sale process.”

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