Mark's gardening business
Having spent time in the Army, on leaving school I joined Cobham - an Aviation engineering services company - where I became Engineering Workshop manager and later Components Workshop manager. In 2013, having spent 23 years at Cobham, I was made redundant due to company re-structuring, so I took this opportunity to reflect on what I wanted to do. Whilst interviewing for new positions I realised that my heart was not in another job working for someone else. I have always loved gardening and it has been my way of switching off and relaxing outside my working life. I started to explore, via the British Franchise Association, various gardening franchise opportunities and liked the sound of Ed's Garden Maintenance. I didn't want to join the multitude of 'one man bands' offering gardening services in Bournemouth and felt that having the backing of an established brand such as Ed's, with all that it offers, would be the best way to enter the market place and make a success of my business.
10 March 2014
Meet some of the team.
In my previous life, I worked in landscape gardening and knew a healthy outdoors job was where I thrived. I then worked as an employee in an Ed's business and got great satisfaction from delivering really good work. When, almost two years ago, my then boss was thinking of doing something else, the opportunity..
Sarah ran her business from January 2007 to 2012, and successfully grew her business into a multi employee and vehicle business. This was her profile before selling her business on. "Starting with Ed's was a wonderful opportunity to break into a competitive industry and take control of my earnings...
Since joining Ed's I've moved my Ed's business twice to suit my personal circumstances. Ed's systems and the Office team have supported me so well through my moves. I'm now running my Ed's business in Christchurch and I'm just as happy and motivated as I was when I started almost seven years ago.
Maybe life does begin at 40. At 39, my career as a salesman in the motor industry was going nowhere. I loved gardening so I invested in an Ed's Garden Maintenance franchise. I liked the relatively low start-up costs and was given support in accountancy, marketing, business management and training. Within..