NMT Nursery Estate, Acquisition & Expansion Forum

We are delighted to announce that the 3rd NMT Nursery Estate, Acquisition & Expansion Forum will take place at Epsom Downs Racecouse & Jockey Club on Tuesday 21st September 2021.

This event is organised by Nursery Management Today, the key Publication for owners, directors and senior management in the nursery sector nationwide.

The event will follow the formula of our highly successful Nursery Agenda Events but will be specifically targeted by invitation only to Owners and Directors of Nursery Groups nationwide who are looking to add to/expand/extend their nursery portfolio and would like to meet buying agents, banks, finance brokers, extension specialists, refurbishment companies and architects as well as insurance brokers.  This is a free event.  This nursery forum will allow providers to meet with these suppliers in face to face meetings during the day to discuss their requirements and see if they can do business together.  All the meetings will be held in a large attractive room.  The suppliers will sit at specific tables and the providers move between them using a pre-arranged timetable of meetings to guide them.  The meetings last fifteen minutes with five minutes ‘movement’ time and are split between the morning and afternoon with a good buffet lunch between!

Suppliers & Providers who are interested in attending this event should contact [email protected] for more information.

Main sponsor

Drinks reception sponsor


Cheese tasting sponsor



The 2nd NMT Nursery Estate, Acquisition & Expansion Forum took place in London on the 10th March 2020.

The NMT Nursery, Estate, Acquisition & Expansion Forum is a great opportunity for nursery owners and directors to discuss opportunities with suppliers in the industry. The 2nd event kicked off with a fantastic presentation from Arun Kanwar, a partner at Cairneagle, who spoke about the key trends that were influencing the market and the avenues for growth.
Although there are challenging times ahead, Arun highlighted that this is still a lucrative time to be active in the industry.

This is where our networking system comes into play. Meeting face-to-face, each nursery circulates through the main room with 15-minute slots to discuss their goals with suppliers and decide on whether business can be done. The meetings are split between the morning and afternoon with a great selection of meals to pick from the buffet lunch.
The closing remarks were given by one of the industry’s giants, John Woodward, Co-founder and President of Busy Bees childcare and Managing Director of Busy Bees Benefits.

John reflected on his time in the industry and how drastically the sector has changed…but mostly for the better. He said the key is to recruit and grow a quality team to be able to navigate through the changes seamlessly.
Regulation, technology, international expansion and recruitment will continue to shape how the sector moves forward. He concluded by saying that there are still many challenges to overcome, but there has also never been a more exciting time to be in the industry.

We rounded off the day with a cheese tasting and drinks reception, well deserved after busy day of business!


Our 2020 speakers 


Arun Kanwar is partner at Cairneagle and he leads its childcare practice. Cairneagle, a leading independent strategy consulting firm specialising in education and transformation, has had undertaken a significant number of projects supporting investors into the early years space and corporates with their growth strategy.


John Woodward is Co-founder and President of Busy Bees childcare and Managing Director of Busy Bees Benefits. He opened his first nursery: The Rocklands in Lichfield, alongside five other teachers, in 1984. Together with the senior management team, he has developed and expanded the business to become the UKs largest childcare provider with a national network of local nurseries. An international brand has also been developed with nurseries in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Canada and Australia.



Many thanks to our cheese tasting sponsor, Mills & Reeve


Keep in touch

To register interest for future Nursery Estate, Acquisition & Expansion Forums please contact Caroline Bowern [email protected]blishing.co.uk 
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Click here or on the image below to read a full review from the first NMT Nursery Estate, Acquisition & Expansion Forum – 6th March, 2019.



Many thanks to our Main Sponsor, TG Escapes Eco Nurseries!







Thank you to our fantastic Guest Speakers!


Thanks to Arun Kanwar of Cairneagle Associates, and consultant Andy Morris for the informed and inspired presentations.

 Our thanks to Arun Kanwar who has kindly made this available. All work is copyright of the author.

 Arun Kanwar – NMT Nursery Challenges and Opportunities


Cheese Tasting and Drinks Reception

After a productive day of meetings and networking, attendees enjoyed a drinks reception, complete with a cheese tasting, with cheese from Paxton & Whitfield.

Date published: February 19, 2019