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Andrea fulfils dream to open own nursery.

Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

A mother-of-three's lifelong ambition to open a nursery has been realised following a cash injection from venture capitalists.

Andrea Townsley's newly-built nursery, which provides day care for newborns and infants, will also create 35 jobs following a pounds 115,000 investment capital injection from Newcastle-based NEL Fund Managers.

Clever Clogs, on Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, will accommodate children aged from six weeks to five years and will house up to 72 children.

The nursery will use the investment from Evolve Finance, NEL's specialist debt and mezzanine finance division to purchase equipment, toys and computers.

Once completed, the nursery will have three different landscaped gardens and will be equipped accordingly to suit the different ages of children. There will also be four playrooms and a separate sleep room. Andrea said: "The nursery will open in April so the first year will be a real challenge and the Evolve Finance investment will make a massive difference.

"Setting up my own nursery has always been something I have felt very passionately about and my dream is finally coming true.

"I love children and being a mum of three ( all under the age of four ( I know exactly what working parents want and I know I can make the nursery a very special place."

The entrepreneur will work at the nursery alongside newly-appointed nursery manager Claire Ogilvie and will hand pick her own staff to get the right mix of experienced and professional nursery nurses and carers. She said: "I have to be extremely choosy with staff. I want to make the children loved and I want to see them happy under the supervision of my employees."

Claire has had high accolades from Ofsted making her the perfect candidate for nursery manager.

She is now putting plans into action for a holiday club and an out-of-school club on the top floor of the building, which will be for children aged five to 11 years.

Joanne Pratt, investment executive at Evolve Finance, said: "It has been a pleasure helping Andrea to achieve her ambition and create her own nursery.

"She is very determined and has the drive to get to where she wants to be.

"There is certainly no shortage of demand for quality nurseries in Durham and for busy working parents commuting to Newcastle, the handy A1 location will be ideal."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2007
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