AN Orford-based day nursery has become the latest to join forces with a national nursery operator.

Ofsted Outstanding Tiggy-Winkles Day Nursery in Orford Lane has been acquired by Storal Learning, which owns and operates a number of premises across the country.

It used funding from HSBC UK to add the Warrington site to its ever-growing portfolio, which has been supported by the banking service for the past two years.

Varun Chanrai, managing director of Storal Learning, said: "With HSBC UK’s continued support, we have acquired a fantastic setting and expanded our regional presence in Warrington and the north west.

"We very much look forward to welcoming the nursery’s fantastic team into the Storal Learning family and building on its long-standing reputation for high quality childcare.

"HSBC UK, and particularly our relationship manager, Afaq Sheikh, have supported us from the very beginning, allowing us to invest in first class nurseries across the country.

"We take immense pride in all our sites and look forward to continued growth with HSBC."

Richard Gimblett, HSBC UK’s area director for business banking in the City of London, said: "Storal Learning’s portfolio of nurseries continues to grow, with bases spanning across the south east, south west, north west and east midlands.

"As the business pursues its journey to expansion, we are certain that Storal Learning will continue strengthening its presence across the UK."