Andrew Jackson advises nursery on property acquisition in York

Andrew Jackson advises nursery on property acquisition in York

Andrew Jackson Solicitors has advised the owners of Little Green Rascals, York’s first organic and eco-friendly day nursery provider, on their acquisition of premises on Tadcaster Road, the former site of Welcome to Yorkshire, for an undisclosed sum.

The newly acquired 6,000 sqft premises were previously leased by Little Green Rascals and are the company’s largest setting.

They are housed in a late Victorian town house that was designed by Fred Rowntree of the ‘Scarborough Rowntrees’ and is a fine example of turn-of-the-century domestic architecture.

Andrew Jackson provided legal advice on the property acquisition, led by commercial property associate Samuel Peake. The funding facility from Barclays was put together by relationship director Paul Craske.

Founded in 2009 by mother of three and entrepreneur Vanessa Warn and her husband, Ben, multi award-winning Little Green Rascals operates across seven nurseries, employing more than 200 staff, who cater for over 1,000 families in and around York.

Vanessa Warn commented: “This purchase cements our commitment to providing outstanding childcare in York, whilst ensuring our sustainability and provision for families in the area for the future. It also fits well with our growth strategy to own freeholds as we continue to grow the business.”

“Andrew Jackson Solicitors were instrumental in getting the deal over the line; we were expertly supported by Samuel Peake who guided us every step of the way.”

Peake added: “Andrew Jackson is delighted to have supported Vanessa and Ben on this purchase, as Little Green Rascals continues to go from strength to strength. The acquisition of the Tadcaster Road premises reflects their commitment to invest in the business and will help them to drive forward their vision for Little Green Rascals as a leading childcare provider with an ethical conscience.”

Craske said: “Ben and Vanessa really impressed me with their growth plans, professionalism and knowledge of the sector together with their vision for the future of childcare. It’s inspiring to support local businesses like Little Green Rascals and the opportunity to acquire this historic building was another important step in their growth strategy.”

Pictured: Paul Craske, Samuel Peake and Vanessa Warn 
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