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Child’s play for Higgs as OSN continues growth

17th January 2022

Child’s play for Higgs as OSN continues growth

Leading Midlands law firm Higgs LLP has helped a growing nursery group complete a hat-trick of acquisitions – within a week.

Higgs is a long-standing partner of The Old Station Nursery (OSN) group, which has demonstrated impressive growth in recent years and harbours ambitious plans moving forward.

Higgs was again instructed to advise OSN as the group acquired a further three childcare businesses - Little Roos, Sixpenny Limited and Polkadot Day Nurseries Limited.

Little Roos has three nurseries in Buckinghamshire, Sixpenny Limited is an Ofsted Outstanding nursery in Wiltshire and Polkadot Day Nurseries Limited is an operator of eight nurseries in Warwickshire and Worcestershire

Following the procurement of the West Midlands-based My First Friends group in October – a deal Higgs was also instrumental in – OSN now has 53 nurseries across the UK, caring for more than 3,000 children.

Geoff Kettle, Partner and Head of Care at Higgs LLP and project lead, said: “It was an extraordinarily busy week as the team at Higgs worked to conclude three acquisitions for OSN.

“It was a real team effort to offer advice and guidance on everything from corporate to tax, employment to commercial property matters.

“OSN has grown rapidly in recent years and the group is becoming increasingly influential in the UK childcare market. We’re delighted to be part of that and look forward to working with the team again on the next project.”

OSN was acquired by French-based childcare giant La Maison Bleue in 2019, a deal also orchestrated by Higgs.

Susheel Gupta Partner at Higgs LLP and Relationship Manager for La Maison Bleue/OSN commented: “We have been working with La Maison Bleue and OSN since 2019 on various projects in the UK and look forward to providing full UK legal support to on their continued UK expansion plan.”

Sarah Steel, CEO of OSN, said: ‘We are really excited to welcome these nurseries into The Old Station Nursery Group. We are really looking forward to meeting all of the children, parents and staff members at all of the nurseries and welcoming them into our family.”

With years of experience and a strength in depth across all business areas, Higgs’ business services department incorporates specialist teams focussing on corporate, commercial, tax and business wealth preservation, insolvency and business recovery and company secretarial services.

 

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