Nick's gardening business
I've been providing gardening services for the past seven years in the UK interspersed with some time back in my native New Zealand with my partner and young twin boys. Both my sons have kidney health issues and we returned to the UK following a referral for their ongoing care at Great Ormond Street hospital in London. I decided to explore expanding my business by becoming a franchisee and approached a few franchisors. I was particularly impressed by Ed's Garden Maintenance. The company has a great website to attract potential customers and is backed up by excellent technology; including a telephone referral system that directs new clients to me. With an established network of franchisees demonstrating track record Ed provides extensive business support through business planning, PR and marketing. I even have access to a business coach. What this means is that my gardening business stands the best chance of growing into a large and successful franchise. My long term plan is to grow the business, sell and then start another in the South West, in Cornwall possibly. My background includes 17 years spent in the hospitality business including concierge hotel services and I ran my own cafe in Sydney for 3 years. I consider myself a "people person" and understand the importance of having good customer relationships. I pride myself on always providing a responsive and thorough service to all my gardening clients.
07 February 2014
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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..