Nursery group goes for growth

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A NURSERIES company with a green approach founded in Blackpool is growing organically.

Safehands Green Start aims to pursue a steady course of expansion since it acquired its first two nurseries in 2007.

It is now owned by entreprenuer Simon Rigby, who bought the group 12 months ago when it was valued at £5m.

He said at the time they would be investing further and now the group is upping its game with the acquisition of six nurseries (five in Lancashire and one in Cumbria), bringing its total number of sites to 13 including the one at Blackpool FC.

Managing director Paul Manning believes that while Safehands is buying an established chain, improvements to the new nurseries can be effected quickly and efficiently, and that parents will be impressed with the new service.

He said: “We are inviting parents to take up our offer of an entire month of free childcare at the nurseries to experience the quality practice that will be on offer..

“There are no catches, it is simply a way of introducing families to how we will operate their local nursery and the changes we have made.”

Safehands Green Start Nurseries are part of the Safehands group of companies which were launched in 1997, originally as a babysitting and mobile crèche service, and now deliver 4000 hours of social care to disabled children and older adults.

Last year the group opened its first respite hotel for children and older adults with disabilities.

The company is now determined to continue to build on its success in the six nurseries it has just acquired from Little Craft.

Operations manager Kate Martin says, ‘All nurseries within the Little Craft group are in the process of becoming Green Start Nurseries, and in total Safehands will be investing £2.5m.”