Setting up a nursery...

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by lapot, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. lapot

    lapot UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I am planning to set up a nursery business.

    Is it a good business?

    Does anyone know what are the rules?

    How much it would cost to set up?

    thanks in advance
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    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: lapot Member since: Dec 7, 2012
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  2. vvaannmmaann

    vvaannmmaann UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Do you have access to fertile land? does the land have a good water supply? you will also require planning permission to erect poly tunnels.There are good margins on plants and shrubs especially if you consider doing mail order and arrange delivery to customers.
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: vvaannmmaann Member since: Nov 6, 2007
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  3. lapot

    lapot UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    thanks for your reply, I can't decide between indoor soft play area or nursery.

    I m doing a bit of serch then I will make sure it has proper standards at all levels.
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: lapot Member since: Dec 7, 2012
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  4. Moneyman

    Moneyman UKBF Legend Full Member

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    There are franchises for both try looking there for prices and all the documentation. It might be an easy way to get going.
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: Moneyman Member since: May 3, 2008
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  5. lapot

    lapot UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Do you have any link for franchises?

    thanks for your reply
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: lapot Member since: Dec 7, 2012
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  6. businessfunding

    businessfunding UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Come on! this is fairly simple Google search stuff!

    A quick answer - there are lots of rules to running a nursery and it is difficult to earn money due to pricing limitations, legislation and required staffing ratios.

    Many nurseries are run as 'hobby' or passion businesses by women with wealthy husbands, others are run as property businesses where the end game is capital gain in property. Not many are very successful in their own right.
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: businessfunding Member since: May 11, 2011
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  7. lapot

    lapot UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Many thanks for your answer , it looks like nursery is not a profitable business.

    Regards
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: lapot Member since: Dec 7, 2012
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  8. Vectis

    Vectis UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    Might be worth considering VMs post then :rolleyes:
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: Vectis Member since: Jun 10, 2012
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  9. goodguy

    goodguy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    All the answers are correct, including the fertile land, as you need people to be fertile to produce children.

    The main reason why they don't make money, is rent/business rates/Bills will take up alot of your money.
    There are a lot of regulations, but nothing to differcult, but unless you are a NVQ 3, you will either have to buy a fanchise or hire somebody, to write your procedures, before you get your first paying customer.
    So alot of outlay before you get started, just like a indoor play zone.

    So if you got a building being used for something else, and you can get 30kids in their. ie two younger groups and 3 older groups, you can make money. And better than a indoor play zone, as money is more guanteed.

    But a standalone nursey, unless you can get 100kids rent/business rates/Bills will take up alot of your money. Are you planning to do anything in the evenings?
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: goodguy Member since: Apr 25, 2012
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  10. silvieuk

    silvieuk UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    LOL..... what a question.... Indoor soft play and Nursery's are a world of difference?

    Have you spotted a gap in one of the markets? or both? or None ??
    You just can't open a business coz you want to decide on one.

    Also, a nursery is a more guaranteed income of money, as once you confirm local authority placements for children 3yrs plus, they pay up front for the whole term in one go. Play centres are very weathers dependant.
    Posted: Dec 11, 2012 By: silvieuk Member since: Feb 27, 2011
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  11. Talay

    Talay UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Near me there is a brand new all singing, all dancing kindergarten come nursery and it is top class. Complete new build, from the ground up, all specced as a nursery rather than a conversion and it really makes a difference. Well over a million spent setting it up.

    Despite being in a fairly affluent area, they have had issues with under capacity. With fees for full time being in the £1200 a month range, you are still looking at around £1000 after reductions for 3 year olds. They have had to continue an opening offer of 15-25% off to boost numbers across the board.

    5 years ago, it would have been full to the rafters but this recession has just sucked the money out of these types of things.

    In town play centres are also hit. Raised car parking charges, higher fuel etc. all come back to bite the profits in this area. We've a friend involved with one and she says that even out of those who are still going, the spend from the parents and childminders on ancillaries such as food and drinks has really tailed off.

    Difficult time to get going on this one I think but for the brave, perhaps a good one if you can buy bankrupt F&F and get a good long term lease with decent break clauses.
    Posted: Dec 12, 2012 By: Talay Member since: Mar 12, 2012
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