INVESTMENT YEAR
2012
REALISATION YEAR
2018
SECTOR
Healthcare & education
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Day nursery operator

Happy Days is a day care operator for children between three months and five years. It was founded by Robin and Sarah Karkeek out of their own needs for childcare. It offers both full day care and sessional care that provide parents and their children flexible times at the nurseries to suit their individual needs.

Our investment supported the business to expand, both organically and through acquisition. We also sourced talent to strengthen the senior team, and Happy Days has re-sited its Derriford NHS nursery in Plymouth and opened several new nurseries, including in Exeter and Bristol.

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We supported the hiring of a new CFO and Chair to support the business through accelerated growth.

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We backed the expansion of nurseries to open sites in Exeter and Bristol, Chiswick Village and Bradley Stoke.

Happy Days timeline

1991 Happy Days founded
2012 Livingbridge invests
2014 Recognised as one of the top five chains nationally based on Ofsted ratings
2014 Opens new nursery site in Exeter
2015 Opens new sites in Cheswick Village and Bradley Stoke, Bristol
2016 All Ofsted inspections receive Outstanding ratings
2016 Opens new site in Thornbury
2018 Livingbridge reaches an agreement to sell the fund and investment management business of Livingbridge VC LLP, comprising the Baronsmead VCTs and the Livingbridge Equity Funds, to Gresham House plc.