You can count on us.

Day nursery specialists with unparalleled expertise

Abacus Day Nursery Sales sells childcare businesses. We understand the sector inside out, and know what it takes to complete transactions that leave sellers happy and vendors excited and motivated. Because we specialise in day nurseries, we are able to provide honest feedback to all parties, drawing on our extensive experience and unparalleled expertise. We have access to a wide range of cutting-edge marketing tools but, thanks to our unrivalled network of contacts throughout the sector, we are often able to secure sales without ever having to publish a listing.

Our ethos and values

Abacus is proud to be part of The Business Transfer Group, a leading UK business transfer specialist founded by one of the sector’s most respected figures, Chris Rowlands. The group, which is headquartered in the North of England, operates all over the country.

We are a close-knit, friendly, efficient team who trust one another implicitly, and we extend this ethos to the people who buy and sell businesses with us. We are all working together to achieve the same results – the hassle-free sale of day nurseries on the best possible terms.

“We pride ourselves on truthfulness and transparency. We won’t over promise and under deliver, just the opposite; We’ll give you honesty and our vast experience to get a deal that works for you.”

Chris Rowlands 
Managing Director, Abacus Day Nursery Sales

Key people

Chris Rowlands MNAEA, MICBA

Managing Director

Chris has been selling day nurseries for more than three decades. He has founded and managed a number of highly successful businesses. His commitment to honesty, credibility and transparency permeates the entire organisation and he is a long-term member of Propertymark. Chris has successfully completed thousands of transactions and previously sold one of his own businesses for £2.5 million, giving him a deep understanding of how business owners feel when they decide to move on from their life’s work.

Joanne Booth


Joanne has well over a decade’s experience in business sales. She is trusted by clients to coach them through the sales process with the necessary professionalism and tenacity to guide all parties across the line. Her expertise extends from single settings to day nursery groups and she has developed trusted relationships with many solicitors and professional advisors to clients. The mutual understanding resulting from these relationships is key to the smooth completion of many sales.

John Gaskell


John brings extensive experience running successful national sales operations to bear on the development of all members of the abacus team. He believes that positivity, caring and drive are the key attributes of a successful salesperson and he provides comprehensive training that instills this client focused ethos in all staff members. This delivers consistency of service across every transaction and inspires a determination throughout the organisation to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every client.

Chelsea Melnyk

Associate Director

Chelsea has a vast and in-depth knowledge of dealing with the sale of day nurseries, having well over a decade’s experience in the field, and applies her experience to give the smoothest possible route to completion. Her skills and expertise are key to ensure that every transaction delivers the result the client wants and deserves.