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Nurseries M&A Update: Summer 2023

A report highlighting mergers & acquisitions activity across the UK nurseries and early years sector.

The UK early years market remains highly fragmented and continues to see strong deal activity, with quality small to medium-sized regional groups being particularly sought after. ​

UK-based mid-market private equity firms continue to play a key role in this, however international interest has been a core theme in recent years, with three of the largest nursery groups now owned by European operators​.

While consolidation will continue going forward, we expect deal activity from these larger groups to be centred around premium settings in affluent areas of the country​.

Our nurseries M&A update report for 2023 provides an overview of the key opportunities and challenges facing the sector, along with a summary of key deal activity and the active acquirers.

If you are considering selling your nurseries, we would be happy to produce a complimentary valuation report for your business. As a team of chartered accountants, we take a granular view on valuation, analysing the ways in which performance can be presented to achieve the optimum price.

Please get in touch by emailing for an initial conversation.

Further details on how we can support you in selling your business can be found by following the link below.


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