Playways Day Nursery in London Sold to Aktiva Camps Operator

An ambitious family-run operator is enjoying their new business venture after acquiring Playways Day Nursery in West London.

Mr Ben Douglas of Aktiva Camps beat 14 other prospective buyers in a bid to acquire the popular children’s day nursery in Ealing.

The nursery was put on the market by specialist business brokers Redwoods Dowling Kerr, achieving a remarkable total of fifteen offers from fifty-five viewings.

Operating from a prime location in Ealing, the nursery has been under the ownership of Mr Ian Smith & Mrs Lindsay Smith for several years. The couple are now looking to pursue other business interests, leaving the nursery in the hands of seasoned operator, Mr Ben Douglas.

Having acquired a small chain of day nurseries and operated Aktiva Camps, a successful day camp for children across West London, Mr Douglas was the perfect fit for the nursery.

Commenting on the transaction, the vendors said:

“The decision to sell our Nursery was a very difficult one, having owned and run the nursery for a long period of time, during which our children also attended.

“The process of selling turned out to be a lot longer than we originally anticipated, but we felt that Sarah and the team at Redwoods Dowling Kerr were suited to deal with the sale as it progressed and were able to offer suitable advice right up until completion.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sarah for her support as we navigated the sale and went through to completion. Her insight was invaluable and she was able to put our mind at ease at each step. Sarah was continually contactable and able to deal with any queries or concerns throughout the process.”

Sales negotiator, Sarah Ellison said:

“Playways Day Nursery was in a prime location in Earling, London meaning we had many interested parties.

“However, Mr Ben Douglas stood out to the sellers as someone who wanted to build on the success of the nursery. Mr Douglas has extensive knowledge of the childcare sector and provided the sellers with a swift and smooth transaction.

“I would like to wish Mr & Mrs Smith all the best in the future and look forward to continue working with Mr Ben Douglas and his team.”