Busy Bees

The UK’s largest nursery group, Busy Bees has acquired Goldstar Montessori Day Nursery in Enfield, north London.

Founded 27 years ago, Goldstar Montessori Day Nursery is a 68-place day nursery operating from two semi-detached converted residential properties.

The setting was founded by Danielle Somers who said: “I’ve had the business for 27 years. It started in one room and, over the years, has grown to take over the whole building. It’s been a long journey with a lifetime of memories and so deciding to sell was a huge decision and primarily made to spend time with my family. The new owners, Busy Bees, have a forward vision which will make the nursery grow from strength to strength.”

Nitin Jain, managing director of Montessori by Busy Bees, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Goldstar Montessori Day Nursery to the Busy Bees family. The team has done a wonderful job of growing the nursery over the past 26 years, and we are committed to preserving their vision and values going forward. Their child-initiated approach perfectly aligns with our mission at Busy Bees, and we are looking forward to working with the team to ensure children continue receiving the best possible start in life.”

The sale was facilitated by business property advisor Christie & Co.

David Eaves, director – childcare and education at Christie & Co commented: “This setting is a prime example of what can be achieved by an owner who nurtures their business over time, has a vision for how the nursery can grow and seizes opportunities when they appear, as Danielle did in acquiring the adjoining property in 2009 to expand the capacity.

“Settings in affluent London and Southeast locations are always in high demand, with the appetite particularly strong at present due to the prevalence of well-funded, and experienced operators eager to add more high-quality settings to their portfolios.”

Goldstar was sold for an undisclosed price.

Date Published: 17 June 2022

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