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ICP Nurseries Limited acquire Orchard Barns nursery group via Redwoods Dowling Kerr

8th May 2019

ICP Nurseries Limited acquire Orchard Barns nursery group via Redwoods Dowling Kerr

Redwoods Dowling Kerr announce the sale of two successful nurseries in Colchester, Essex.

The Orchard Barns Group has been providing excellent care for children since 1995 when it was established by Mr & Mrs Huckle. They opened their first setting within the grounds of their family home and as a result of the immediate success the second setting was opened in Stratford St Mary in 2000. As an additional testament to the exemplary care the Orchard Barns Group provides the settings have been awarded national ‘nursery of the year’ and ‘most exceptional Childcare provision in Essex’.

The consistent development of every aspect of each setting saw the group grow to a combined capacity of 107 with an Ofsted rating of Outstanding and Good.

Attracted to the business by its passionate staff, their professional conduct and the warm and loving, home from home environment they have created, ICP Nurseries Limited have now enhanced their existing portfolio – to an impressive total of 31 settings.

 Pleased with the ease of the sales process, Tracey Storey, CEO of ICP Nurseries shared;

“We are extremely excited to have acquired the outstanding Orchard Barns nursery group.  Both nurseries operate in very premium locations, have fantastic, long earned, reputations, exceptional staff, and a dedication to the very best childcare in the local community.  ICP Nurseries’ strategy is to acquire the very best nurseries in affluent areas of London and the South East, and Orchard Barns is a great example of our ambition.  Thank you to Jenna Caldwell and her team at Redwoods Dowling Kerr, who, through their professionalism and expertise, facilitated a very smooth and streamlined process throughout.”

Director of Childcare & Education for Redwoods Dowling Kerr, Jenna Caldwell commented;

“We are delighted to have been able to assist Anita with the sale of her childcare group.”

“Both nurseries are of exemplary quality and will continue to thrive under the ownership of ICP Nurseries Limited.”

“We wish Anita all the best with her well-deserved retirement after 24 years running the nurseries.”

“Thank you also to ICP Nurseries who were an absolute pleasure to work with and we look forward to announcing more transactions very soon.”


Jenna Caldwell


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