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Former restaurant owner enters childcare sector with Hull nursery purchase

Happy Kidz Day Nursery in Hull has been acquired by a former Birmingham restaurant and bar owner, who was keen to move into the childcare sector.

Established in 1996 by Anita and Ian Anderson, Happy Kidz Day Nursery provides day care to up to 72 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Over the years, it has built an enviable local reputation, and is a popular choice with parents in both the immediate locality and surrounding towns and villages. It also boasts a number of accolades including Excellence in Childcare, and the National Day Nurseries Association’s 'Quality Counts' Accreditation.

Happy Kidz is one of two Hull settings owned by Anita and Ian, who decided to sell their James Reckitt Avenue site to allow them to spend more time with their family.

New owner Tejinder Bal said, “I’ve operated multiple businesses in the hospitality industry for a number of years but, as I’ve grown older, I’ve begun to feel a stronger need for intrinsic rewards from my work-life, which is something I have felt, up to now, has been missing.

'This was the biggest factor in wanting to enter the childcare sector as I would be working within a business that would help shape future generations.'

Tejinder expanded, 'Going into a completely new industry, it was important that the targeted business had a strong track record and, with Happy Kidz operating for 25 years, it definitely fit the bill.

'In addition, I was filled with confidence by the fact that there is a strong management team in place complimented by an experienced team of nursery practitioners which made the decision to pursue the purchase that much easier.'

Tejinder added, “In the short-term, I do not plan to make any immediate changes as the business is performing well.

'I will, however, take this opportunity to learn and observe and, with the input of management and external consultants, look to implement procedures and processes to fine tune the business offering, so that we will offer children and parents a truly outstanding service that we can all be proud of.”

Anita Anderson commented, “I have held the business for 25 years, and so selling it has been emotional. It feels like one of your children is leaving home to start a new chapter in their life, it’s exciting for them but, at the same time, it’s hard to let go, especially as several of my staff have been with me for more than 10 years, and one person for 18 years.

'I believe that the new owner will take care of the nursery and my staff, and can help it in its new phase, and I wish him all the best with his new venture.”

Vicky Marsland, Associate Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, who handled the sale, said, “I’m very excited to see Mr Bal drive the business forward, allowing Anita and Ian to spend more quality time with family overseas. This is a fantastic example of the opportunities available for new entrants to the sector and those looking to expand.”

Lawrence Roberts, Associate Director at Christie Finance, who sourced funding for Tejinder Bal, comments “I am so pleased for Tej and I want to thank him for his continued trust in me to deliver a competitive funding package, so that he can purchase Happy Kidz Day Nursery.

'Being a first-time buyer in the sector, it was important to find a day nursery that was performing well, but also to have the right team around him to make it happen. I believe that Tej will be a success and I wish him all the best!”