Gordons advises on sale of children’s day nurseries in West Yorkshire

Gordons advises on sale of children’s day nurseries in West Yorkshire

Gordons has advised Bradford-based Kinder Haven on its sale to Kids Planet, one of largest nursery groups in the country, for an undisclosed sum.

Legal advice for Kinder Haven was provided by Duncan Firman, Stephanie Houghton and James Kimberley at Gordons.

Founded in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Darren and Danielle Dixon, Kinder Haven has steadily grown via an organic development strategy and, today, comprises nine high-quality children’s day nurseries.

All settings trade from converted, purpose-designed facilities that provide an aggregate operating capacity of circa 930 nursery places. They benefit from prominent locations across West Yorkshire and sit within close proximity of each other, providing ease of access for operational management and workforce staff optimisation purposes.

Following on from its most recent purchase of Rainbows Nursery in Tadcaster, in the last month alone Kids Planet now owns more than 1,100 childcare places in the region.

Danielle Dixon commented: “Having made the decision to sell Kinder Haven it was important for us to choose a company with a great reputation and the same ethos and values.”

“We are delighted to have chosen Kids Planet to nurture the Kinder Haven family, continue the legacy and take it to the next level. Kids Planet was the right fit for us, they are a hugely successful nursery group dedicated to providing exceptional childcare with a strong commitment to staff development.”

“We would like to thank all the families and staff, past and present. It has been an honour to have been able to care for so many children and to work with such inspirational team members over the last 20 years.”

“We are also thankful to have been advised and supported by our teams at law firm Gordons, accountants BHP and property advisers Christie & Co during the sale. Their professionalism and commitment has been invaluable throughout this transaction.”

Speaking on behalf of Kids Planet, chief executive Clare Roberts added: “We are delighted to be chosen by Darren and Danielle to take over at Kinder Haven. We are excited to have established a more significant presence in West Yorkshire and to be able to build upon the already high standards of care that have been implemented by the Kinder Haven management team and we immediately recognised the synergies between the two nursery groups. We look forward to working with the management team as we move forward together.”

Firman commented: “As a firm we have worked with Danielle and Darren for a number of years, and we are very pleased to have played our role in helping Kinder Haven expand. They have been on an extraordinary journey and we are delighted to have been able to advise on the sale to Kids Planet.”

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