A POPULAR Gloucestershire-based nursery sold for the very first time.

Kiddywinks Nursery, based in Pear Tree Close in Chipping Campden, was put on the market after owners Lorraine Carroll and Andria White decided it was time to retire.

The pair found the business in 2002 and it has since become a key part of the local community. 

The nursery has an operational capacity for 65 children aged between zero and eight years old. 

It sits completely unopposed so was desirable to potential buyers as it has lots of potential for expansion.

Following a sales process with Christie & Co, a business property adviser, the nursery has been purchased by Raj Kumar who owns Poplars Day Nursery in Swindon.

Jassi Sunner, associate director at Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, said: “Lorraine and Andria have built a strong business with a hard-work ethos that has been adopted by their dedicated staff due to their ability to continue to do all the day nursery jobs until the very last day.

"They led by example, and the business benefitted from this and was a key attraction for Raj to add to his developing portfolio.

"The nursery sits unopposed, and this provides extensive opportunity for its new owner to enhance the childcare offering further. 

"I am delighted to have helped Lorraine and Andria realise their dream to retire as early as possible.”

It was sold for an undisclosed price.