Established originally in 2002 by the current owners, this business has consistently grown to become one of the leading national providers of ‘out of school hours’ childcare in the UK. Operating breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs, this business provides services to primary schools throughout the country, reaching thousands of children. With a concentration of Clubs in the Greater London area but with a significant presence throughout the South East and Midlands in particular, the business currently operates over 40 Clubs with a number of additional Clubs in the pipeline. Charges are between £8.50 to £9 per session for after school clubs and £3.50 per session for breakfast clubs, with charges for Holiday Clubs between £18 and £20 per day. Specifically aimed at the three to eleven year age range, all Clubs are run on a purely commercial basis with income generated from parents’ fees. The Clubs are located in the schools the pupils attend – with some facilities typically acting as a satellite location for a number of schools within the vicinity. Run by a Club Manager, with trained assistants, aside from the opportunity to complete homework or to improve numeracy, literacy and in particular IT skills, the Clubs offer children the chance to join in a full range of free play activities, including art, drama, music, dance, sport, cookery and even gardening. Many activities are linked to the National Curriculum and, for many children, represent the only chance to access these kinds of activities. All Clubs are regularly vetted by Ofsted and consistently achieve good results in Inspections.
The cornerstone to the success of this business is the IT infrastructure that has been put in place to support its operations. As well as facilitating on-line booking and securing payment, perhaps most importantly, the system allows parents the flexibility to book and pay for individual sessions, unlike many Clubs, which insist parents book children in for complete Terms.
This is not a distressed business or bankruptcy situation.
This is not a franchise resale opportunity.
This is not a homebased business opportunity.
The owner is willing to train/assist the new owner.
The property is leased.
Reason for Selling
current Owners feel the time is right to sell.
Market Competition and Expansion
Already benefiting from high levels of awareness amongst schools and Local Authorities, the business has little need of heavy investment in marketing and advertising and is constantly approached and invited to bid for opportunities as they arise. The business has a very well designed, informative and easy to navigate website but benefits from the most effective form of marketing of all, strong word of mouth recommendation from schools, Local Authorities and parents.
Property Features and Assets
The business currently operates from a small office secured on a 12 month License Agreement in North West London. Rent is £10,000 per annum plus VAT including Rates and normal Service charges. However, the Head Office of the business is completely mobile, as it’s operations are all managed online and many of its senior management team are based at home offices around the country.