Jobs boost at Snapdragons

June 27 2014

NURSERY group Snapdragons is set to create 30 new jobs when it opens its new site in Horfield.

NURSERY group Snapdragons is set to create 30 new jobs when it opens its new site in Horfield.

Located in a Grade II listed building, it is the company’s first nursery to open in the city.

The new venue, which is set to open its doors in August, will provide around 120 childcare places and will be Snapdragon’s eighth nursery, with three based in Bath and Keynsham and four located in North Wiltshire.

HSBC has provided a £1.1 million finance package to support the acquisition and redevelopment of the site in a deal led by senior commercial manager Kevin Wilcox.

Snapdragons was set up in 1998 by owners Rosemary and Paul Collard who built an extension on their Wiltshire farmhouse to accommodate a 20-place nursery for local children, including their own youngest daughter Isabelle.

Rosemary said: “We have been looking for an opportunity to expand to Bristol for some time and were just waiting for the perfect site, so we are delighted to have been able to buy The Old Chapel. It's a beautiful building which will make an inspirational setting and we're looking forward to bringing our proven outstanding care to children and parents of this area."

Area commercial director at HSBC Wiltshire, Paul Maddison, said: “Snapdragon’s is a long-standing customer of HSBC so we are pleased to have been able to support this latest expansion. This will not only provide top class care for local children, it also creates 30 new jobs and boosts the local economy.”

Snapdragons Nurseries were runners-up for both the Nursery World's "Chain of the Year" and Nursery Management's "Group of the Year" in 2013.

They also hold a prestigious "Food for Life" gold catering mark from the Soil Association for their nutritious, seasonal food using ethically sourced, locally produced food.

Snapdragons nursery, Horfield