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Fylde nursery group to create 20 jobs in expansion

A commercial property expert from Napthens solicitors has advised a growing group of children’s nurseries on its expansion.

Learning Curve Nursery Group currently operates three nurseries on the Fylde Coast: Clifton Lodge and Shepherd Lodge in St Anne’s and Bluebell Lodge in Blackpool.

The nurseries offer childcare and education for children from birth to five years old, including extracurricular activities such as music, French and dance.

Now the group has acquired a former nursing home on Lytham Road in Blackpool and will establish its fourth nursery, a 54-place facility.

The property will now undergo a full refurbishment before opening in the autumn. Owners Helen and Simon Turpie are expecting the nursery to create 20 full-time jobs.

The Turpies were advised by Martin Long, chairman and partner in the Commercial Property team at Napthens solicitors.

Martin said: “Since Helen and Simon opened their first nursery more than 10 years ago they have built the Learning Curve brand into a highly respected one in the area.”

Simon Turpie said: “We have been looking for some time for a suitable property, and our second nursery in Blackpool further expands the business into a busy area. I’ve no doubt this will be the latest stage of expansion plans we will continue in the future.

“As a business we are always looking for suitable properties to acquire to expand Learning Curve’s services.

“It has often proven difficult to find appropriate premises which would be suitable for use as a nursery, and which would gain the necessary planning permission.

“When the Lytham Road premises came available we were convinced they would be a great addition to the group.

“Once refurbishment work is complete we are looking forward to welcoming children into our new nursery, and it’s an added bonus that we will be recruiting 20 new staff members.”