Greengate House Day Nursery sold by Redwoods Dowling Kerr

5th June 2019

Redwoods Dowling Kerr help expanding operator acquire Day Nursery in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

First opening its doors in 1996, Bradford’s Greengate House Day Nursery quickly established itself as a prime childcare setting within the area, delivering an excellent level of care that enhanced the social, intellectual and physical development of each child under its care.

This highly respected nursery has earned a truly enviable reputation, demonstrating historically healthy occupancy levels and enjoying regular referrals and recommendations. The nursery was rated as “good” by Ofsted at the last inspection in 2017. Green Gate House is registered for 47 and provides quality care for children from birth through to five years of age, there is an experienced management team and a complement of long standing, qualified staff members in place, which is another factor of the businesses on-going success and reputation.

Put on the market by Redwoods Dowling Kerr due to the owners, Mrs Diane Rhodes’, Mrs Molly Crawley’s wish to retire, the business had 8 viewings with 2 offers being made. The successful bid was made by Ms Karen Redfearn, a current operator within the sector. Attracted by the reputation of the prestigious setting and the owner’s management over the last 22 years, Karen hopes to continue the success of the business whilst incorporating her own ethos and ideas.

Vendor Diane Rhodes and Molly Crawley gave an insight into the sale saying;

“Just like to say a massive thank you to Sarah for all her hard work and input into selling Greengate House.”

“She was professional throughout, reassuring and always putting a positive spin on things at times when we were feeling a little vulnerable.”

“Your advice helped immensely, and your energy is endless, you know the childcare business inside out which is a testament to your success in completing the sale so smoothly.”

“I can’t thank you enough along with your colleagues who showed great team work whenever we spoke to them.”

Pleased with the support she received throughout the sale, Buyer Karen Redfearn stated;

“Sarah has been amazing from start to finish, she has taken time and patience to guide me through the process and make what could have become a nightmare a relatively pain and stress free experience.”

“The service has been second to none, with Sarah keeping me updated every step of the way, she has been a breath of fresh air with her “can do attitude”. She has managed to keep 4 Solicitors in line which she has done with tact and diplomacy along with keeping a buyer that sometimes went into reverse moving along very swiftly.”

“Sarah kept pushing and keeping everyone in the loop and moving forward. She has been great, and I can’t wait for her to find my next purchase.”

“I can without a shadow of a doubt recommend Sarah at RDK. It makes such a refreshing change for someone to set out what they will do, and not only do that but go above and beyond. It has been a real pleasure working with Sarah, and I look forward to working with her again in the near future.”

Lead Negotiator of the sale, Sarah Ellison commented;

“I am pleased to have assisted Mrs Rhodes and Mrs Crawley with the sale of Greengate House Day Nursery, I understood it must have been a big decision for them to sell after setting up the nursery 22 years ago.”

“I would like to wish Karen every success for the future, I am sure she will continue the success of the nursery for many more years to come.”


Jenna Caldwell


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