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Bonnie Bear Day Care: Creating positivity through tragedy

Living through a pandemic is difficult enough; setting up and running a business through one is an entirely different matter.

Bonnie Bear Day Care is a nursery who provide childcare based in Walton, Liverpool. Set up in June 2020 with the opening taking place in February 2021, Bonnie Bear Day Care was created by owners Hayley and Charlie after they tragically lost their first born, Bonnie, in February 2020. This was the driving force behind wanting to set-up their business; they wanted a new project to focus their minds on, and so when an opportunity arose for them to save a beautiful building from demolition, in great location with so much potential, they jumped at the chance to make it into something special and honour their beloved Bonnie.

Starting the business during the pandemic was hard enough, but 3 months into setting up, Hayley fell pregnant with their second child. This was great news but following the loss of Bonnie, the pregnancy was high risk and called for a lot of time in the hospital but getting the business up and running helped take their minds off the worries of the pregnancy.

Hayley spoke to a friend – who had also successfully setup a nursery in Leeds – for some help regarding the initial business idea and the business plan. Once the business was created and the general idea was coming to fruition, Hayley contacted The Women’s Organisation for help regarding applying for a start-up loan. Enterprise Hub supported Hayley with finalising the business plan and pointed the owners in the right direction to secure the funds needed to create their “dream business”.

Hayley said: “The support was brilliant and is still ongoing, I’d have struggled to do it without their help”.

Fast forward to now, and the nursery is going from strength to strength,

 “We had 0 children and 0 staff at the start, and we now employ 10 team members and have 65+ children registered at our setting and we are at full capacity in some of our rooms.

“I feel so proud of what myself and my husband have achieved and the future of Bonnie Bear is looking great, we have a great team of highly qualified staff and all of our registered children are happy and content. To open a nursery during a pandemic and such uncertain times was a risk but I feel like in the long run we have done the right thing.”

They plan to expand to the upstairs of the nursery in the future as they currently only have the ground floor open to the public, they also plan on developing a soft-play area alongside a preschool.

         To find out more about the Bonnie Bear Day Care, you can call them on 0151 523 9680 or visit their website at https://www.bonniebeardaycare.co.uk

Get in touch if you are thinking of starting a business in the Liverpool City Region or have a new business under 42 months old. You can speak to our team via enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113.

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