Nursery chain Busy Bees and a Liverpool-based nursery group are continuing to expand. Honey Pot Day Nurseries, which has four nurseries in Liverpool, has just gained a fifth site with significant funding from Santander Business Banking.

Honey Pot Day Nurseries was set up in 2007 by husband and wife team Julie and Tony Hurst. It remains a family-run business with both their daughters, Jenna and Melissa, involved in the day-to-day running.

The settings are located in Garston, Aigburth and Childwall in South Liverpool as well as Bebington; all have been graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Honey Pot has now gained its fifth nursery in Wavertree, compromising a former church and presbytery. The presbytery will be renovated and converted into a day nursery which will be able to cater for up to 91 children; there is a possibility that the church may be converted into a holiday club or something similar at a later date.

The new setting will provide jobs for 18 new employees.                                                            

Mrs Hurst said that the company was already receiving a high level of demand for places at the new Wavertree site.

“We are thrilled to be able to purchase our new site in Wavertree,” she said. “Opening our fifth nursery is a great milestone for our business, and it’s great to be in a position to respond to the demand for high quality childcare in and around Liverpool. The support from Santander has been exceptional and really helped us expand and invest for growth.” 

The largest UK nursery group, Busy Bees, has acquired New Town Nurseries, two nurseries in Edinburgh, which now brings the total number of their settings to 331.

New Town Nurseries recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and offers 140 places to children from birth to five years.

Earlier this year Busy Bees also acquired Treetops Nurseries, a chain of 61 settings, which has been expanding over recent years.

Busy Bees now have 19 nurseries across Scotland and are keen to expand further.

Marg Randles, managing director of Busy Bees Childcare, said, “We are delighted to welcome New Town Nurseries into the Busy Bees family. As one of the longest established nurseries in Edinburgh, the brand has a fantastic reputation for providing quality childcare and we can’t wait to start working with such an exceptional well respected team.

“We will be working very closely with the management team to understand the unique offering at each nursery and hopefully to share best practice but on a day to day basis it will be business as usual with the same staff providing the best opportunities for children.”

Yvonne and Billy McLellan, co-founders of New Town Nurseries, said, “We are delighted to hand over our treasured nurseries to a company with such a strong child-centred ethos. We know all the children, parents and staff are in excellent hands moving forward.”


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