Storal Learning Limited acquire The Willow Tree Nursery, Essex via Redwoods Dowling Kerr

26th February 2019

Redwoods Dowling Kerr are delighted to announce the sale of The Willow Tree Nursery in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

The nursery was opened by Brenda Farquhar & Christina Hart in 1988 from a modular building on the current site with a capacity for just 24 children. With continual investment and expansion, the nursery now has an impressive capacity for 143 children.

The Willow Tree nursery provides an excellent standard of care and education for children aged from 3 months to 12 years which is proven by their second consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

The successful bidders were Storal Learning Limited who were immediately attracted to the nursery for its reputation for high quality.

The Vendors Christina and Brenda made their appreciation clear saying:

“We did it and we are no longer the owners. It was very emotional last night saying goodbye.”

“We want to say a huge thank you for all of your support along the way.”

“You probably don’t realise just how reassuring your phone calls were.”

“Thank you to Sarah Ellison and the whole Redwoods Dowling Kerr team for introducing us to such an exceptional nursery and team. They were instrumental and very helpful throughout the deal process.”

Varun Chanrai – Managing Director at Storal Learning commented:

“Brenda and Christina’s passion for delivering only the highest standards of childcare and early years education has built Willow Tree into a beacon of the local community. We are absolutely committed to building upon their legacy of excellence that is at the core of Willow Tree’s ethos. We would like to extend a big thank you to Brenda, Christina and all the nursery staff once again for all their hard work in making Willow Tree into the exceptional childcare provider that it is today.”

Sarah Ellison – Senior Childcare Negotiator at Redwoods Dowling Kerr commented:

“Willow Tree Nursery is an outstanding day nursery owned by an amazing mother and daughter team. Willow Tree is a very special setting which Brenda established over 20 years ago and has grown from 24 to 143 places, and when the time was right her daughter Christina joined her to continue the journey of the nursery.”

“Knowing how special the nursery is to them it was a privilege to be instructed to sell their nursery on their behalf as I know how emotional this has been for them, but it is time for Brenda to retire and for Christina to go on to other business interests.”

“There has been a lot of work involved to make this process work for them and part of that was finding the right buyer to continue their hard work. Redwoods worked closely with Christina & Brenda to achieve this by using our corporate sale process and completing the sale process in 20 weeks from offer.”

“We would like to wish the successful purchasers, Storal Learning all the success with their new acquisitions, and it has been a pleasure working with them again to help them grow their nursery group.”

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