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Brand New Gardening Business – Somerset

Brand new gardening business launched in Taunton

Brand New Gardening Business Alert! Tim Ollier has recently joined Ed’s to run his very own gardening business in Taunton, Somerset. Although Tim certainly looks very youthful, his history with Ed’s actually goes back quite a long way…

Brand new gardening business – The Background…

“Some years ago, before I had really worked out what career I wanted to pursue, I worked in an Ed’s business in Wimbledon. I loved the work and could see the freedom and lifestyle benefits of the business way back then. I remember thinking that it would be great to be able to run my very own Ed’s business, avoid the rat race and just do something that I would love and earn very decent money doing it.”

Making it all happen…

“Of course, as the story usually goes, life got in the way of my bucolic dreams! I followed a more traditional career path and ended up in the hospitality sector. Although the path I was on had some benefits, I really couldn’t say it was my forever career and I always felt that there was something missing. Quite fundamentally and apart from anything else, I really did not enjoy being stuck indoors all the time!”

“So, fast forward to the pandemic. Of course, my sector was stricken. But I wasn’t….it set me thinking that maybe, just maybe, it was a great opportunity to get out. I could possibly do something that I would really love to jump out of bed in the morning to do.”

“I approached Ed’s to find out about the business opportunity. And found them to be just as impressive and professional as I thought they would be. The more I learned, the more I wanted this to be my future. Clearly, the financial rewards were there but the lifestyle ones were too. Thus I made my big decision very easily indeed.”

Getting in the saddle…

“Now I have completed my initial Ed’s training and feel well prepared to start actually running my business. Indeed I have just completed my very first gardening job. And so, just take a look at the fruits of my labours, the before and after photos of my first hedge clearance!”

Hedge Clearance Tim Ollier Before
Hedge Clearance by Tim Ollier After

“It was quite an ambitious first gardening job. I had to deal with barbed wire, brambles and nettles. I also felled a couple of dead trees for my customer. However, I got great satisfaction completing it. And most importantly, my customer was delighted. I look forward to building on my strengths and training and doing lots more work like this. I really do feel like I am finally in my element – nature!”

We wish Tim all the very best with his new business and look forward to updating on his Ed’s journey.

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New Gardening Business in Chislehurst

New gardening business in Chislehurst is the word on the street!

We are thrilled to announce that Chris Snowball is joining our thriving team to run his very own new gardening business in Chislehurst.



New Gardening Business – Background


So, after many years in banking, Chris decided it was most definitely time for a change. A lover of the outdoors, running his own gardening business was an ideal fit for him.


Why did you choose a new gardening business with Ed’s?

Chris thought at the outset that he might go it alone. However, he told a friend about what he was thinking of doing. This led to them saying that they knew someone running a great Ed’s business. Consequently, they urged Chris to have a look at Ed’s before making his decision.


We’ll let Chris tell the rest of the new gardening business story…


“My friend told me that they knew someone who was running a successful Ed’s business not far from me and that it sounded like a really good set up. I thought I would have a look at Ed’s website. It was excellent. Consequently, I got a great impression about the franchise business right from the very start.”

“In a nutshell, I was impressed by the Ed’s business offering right from the start. Significantly, I found that everything was laid out really clearly and professionally. First impressions are very important and Ed’s was great. Without any hesitation, I went on to arrange a chat with Annette, the Ed’s business coach. I was very impressed with that conversation. Crucially, I got all the information I needed. Furthermore, there was absolutely no pressure to move forward if I didn’t think it was right for me. However, by the end of that conversation I thought that Ed’s might very well be the way forward for me.”

How did things unfold?

“I then went on to meet Ed and my conviction grew that that the Ed’s business venture was a great fit for me. Importantly, I felt that I could make a really good living and flex the business model to run a larger-scale business with several vans. However, I could see that the venture still offered a really good work/life balance as a lot of the headache of marketing and business admin is just taken away from you.”

What helped you make your decision?

“Beyond that initial fact finding and introductory meetings, a huge plus for me was getting to spend quality time with established franchisees. Again, there was no feeling of pressure, just a will to relay all the information I needed to make the right decision for me.”

“I was able to meet a number of business owners and they were very impressive as well as very approachable. What was immediately clear is that Ed’s selects a really good calibre of franchisee. I could see then that it was clearly a two-way process – Ed’s was choosing me just as much as I was choosing Ed’s”.

Any doubts as you went through the process?

” I had lots of questions and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about what I was thinking of doing. However, all my questions and doubts were addressed properly and no question was seen to be silly. The Ed’s team took the view that I was making a big decision and it was absolutely normal to be asking lots of questions. In fact they said they would have been much more concerned if I hadn’t been testing the robustness of the business.”

Was it an easy decision in the end?

“Strangely, it was really easy. I actually couldn’t find anything not to like about Ed’s. I still felt a bit nervous as it was all new. Yet I absolutely knew that I was making the right decision for me. It just all seemed to click into place.”

How are things going so far with your new gardening business?

“Well, I have finished my initial training and I’m starting running my fully fledged business this week. I’ve already had a few jobs and my confidence is building already. I’m still at the very start of my journey. However, I feel hugely supported, both by the office and by other Ed’s business owners. I am hugely looking forward to the future and can already visualise the garden services business that I want to be mine.”

Everyone at Ed’s wishes Chris all the very best with his business. We look forward to updating on his journey.

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Gardening Business Franchise in Focus

Gardening Business Franchise – Full steam ahead for Ali


Ali McCormick started his Ed’s gardening business franchise in Cambridge (North) in September 2020. And so, ten months down the line, we caught up with Ali to ask for some feedback. So, how is his franchise business reality matching up with his original expectations?

And so, on a lovely sunny day in Cambridge, Ali has taken a break from his mowing in a sun-dappled garden to give us the low-down on how things are going for him. Furthermore, we are keen to know how he plans to make the most of his Ed’s gardening business franchise opportunity going forward….

Ali's in front of his Ed's gardening van

How is your gardening business franchise growing?

Ali laughs. “Phenomenally! I am blown away by just how much demand there is for my business’s services. The Ed’s franchise business model provides us with a LOT of work. It really is fantastic for building a sustainable and profitable business. I am truly amazed at how well my business is doing financially after such a short period of time.”

What’s the secret of the success of your gardening business franchise?

“In my view, the Ed’s brand is just amazing. Ed’s has an awesome ‘marketing machine’ that has been optimised over the years. I get so much high-quality work, it is unbelievable. However, there’s so much more to it than that. It’s all about being part of a real quality business. What’s more, excellent customer service is at the core of it all and so it’s like a virtuous circle. Success leads to more success. The variety of the work is great too, I never get bored. It’s true that I love a challenge and there are plenty of those for the taking. I get great satisfaction from doing turfing jobs and some design work as well as mowing and other maintenance jobs.”

Ali's new turfing work
Ali's gardening business franchise well maintained lawn

What sets Ed’s apart from other gardening business franchises?

“I feel that the fact that are trained by the best in the business makes a big difference. I feel proud to be part of the overall Ed’s franchise business and that’s what I project when I am servicing my customers. Indeed, I find that I get so many referrals from customers who have been thrilled with my Ed’s service and that is really good for the confidence. As I have more belief in myself, I run a better business. It’s not just about being busy either. What is really important is to be growing a great quality business with excellent regular customers. With that, you have a brilliant platform to build on and to take your business forward from strength to strength.”

Are you enjoying running your Ed’s gardening business?

“I love what I am doing. I am starting to build a great business and that makes me feel very fulfilled and happy. However, quite apart from the business side, I really love gardening. It’s great that I can achieve all this financially whilst doing something that I genuinely enjoy.  This RHS study sums it up very well,explaining how Gardening regularly improves mental and physical wellbeing.”

How does Ed’s compare to where you worked before?

“Night and day! So whenI look back on my life in the Corporate world, with all its unhealthy aspects and politics, what do I think? Well, I genuinely feel relieved and free. I am naturally an energetic and positive person but all that was being stifled in a job which I felt had no soul. So I feel happier, fitter and far more fulfilled. I had been feeling ‘stale’ in my job for quite some time and kept doing it to pay the bills. I now feel totally energised, so much happier and am doing much better financially than just paying the bills. What is there not to like really!”


What are your plans for the future?

“ My immediate plan is to grow my gardening business as profitably as possible over the coming months. I have a very fit and strong son who is happy to help me over the summer so that will be a very welcome extra pair of hands. I do think I will be taking on an employee in the near future though as my business is growing so much.”

And for the longer term?

“ Oh I know exactly what I want. One of the great things with Ed’s is being able to feed off other established gardening business owners. I have spent time with a number of the established Ed’s franchise business owners and I have identified exactly the business I aspire to. It’s wonderful to be able to see how that looks in practice, rather than it just being some pipe dream. I have access to a number of mentors as well as a business coach within the Ed’s gardening business franchise and they are always very happy to take the time to help me to steer my business towards my own goals.”

What’s so special about the Ed’s business model?

“The Ed’s franchise opportunity has all the right business credentials as well as brilliant flexibility. If you want to build your business to be a multi-vehicle management franchise, you absolutely can. However, if empire building is not your thing, you can also run your own little powerhouse and still generate great profits to fund your chosen lifestyle. The business model flexes to match individual circumstances.”

And the lifestyle?

“Everyone loves the Ed’s lifestyle! We don’t have to drive far, we are outdoors, we get fit, we work when you want to. It certainly seems that Ed’s franchise business owners don’t really get tired of all the positives. When I looked at Ed’s, one thing really struck me and that’s that Ed’s business owners tend to stay with Ed’s for a long time. That, in my opinion, speaks volumes. If you can have all these positives in your career, why would you want to do anything else.”

Do you have advice for anyone thinking of taking the Ed’s garden business franchise opportunity?

“Just do it, you won’t regret it. I am not being glib here. I did all my franchise business research really thoroughly and Ed’s came out tops hands down. After I had all the facts and figures, I knew it was the right venture for me, I just had to find the nerve to do it! I’m really glad that I did.”

Any final words of wisdom?

“Gardening really is great for the soul. And to be running a great gardening business is even better!”

“If you want:-

  • strong earnings potential;
  • great rewards;
  • to have lots of freedom;
  • to call your own shots (but still have a great safety net in place!)
  • and to feel part of a thriving team

then Ed’s is a great option.

Not many career options tick all these boxes.”

Finally, we thanked Ali for his candid update and left him to get back to his afternoon of happy gardening in the sunshine…

If you are interested in finding out more about Ed’s, please get in touch. You can register on this website or if you would prefer an informal chat, just give us a call in the office on 07912 289281. We’d love to tell you more…

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Franchise Opportunity to run your own Gardening Business

Our franchise opportunity gives you a great career option after redundancy.

“ Setting up my own gardening franchise business with Ed’s Garden Services was the best move I ever made. My profit was almost £50,000 by my second year”- Marcus, 2020

Ed's franchise Operator making the most of his opportunity

Some more comments from our business owners who have taken up the Ed’s franchise opportunity…

“My business is profitable and pandemic-proof and I love the work, outdoors lifestyle and the freedom of it all. What’s more, it’s important to me in these uncertain times to know that I have control over my own career future. Ed’s ticks all these boxes and more.”– Matthew, Folkestone

“You get great support to grow the business you want and you feel part of a great team. Setting up a gardening business is one thing but it’s quite another challenge to set up and run a profitable one with a good lifestyle and peace of mind.”Dave, Andover

“I always knew running a gardening business would be fun and fulfilling but never thought it could be so financially rewarding. I’m also fitter and happier than I have been for years”Mark, Ramsgate

Ed’s has been helping people to build their own successful gardening businesses since 2003. We are now the leading UK gardening franchise business with more than forty successful gardening business owners in our team.

People have joined us from a whole range of career backgrounds. No previous gardening experience is required.

For us, the important attributes are:-

  • Passion to run your own strong business
  • Appetite for a challenge
  • Personable approach
  • Strong work ethic
  • Desire for an outdoors lifestyle

We are confident that we can teach you the rest of what you need to run a thriving gardening business.

Business set-up investment is required and Government finance schemes are currently available.

If you are interested in finding out more, please visit our website https://edsgardenbusinessfranchise.co.uk

or call us on 07912 289281

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Franchise Business in excellent shape

2020 through the looking glass

It is that time of year at Ed’s when we like to take stock of the year gone by. We look at where each of our franchise business owners have got to with the development of their individual franchise business. It is a good time to talk through how happy they are with the progress they have made over the past 12 months. We also look at Ed’s as a whole and how we have fared. We compare where we have got to with the goals we set ourselves back at the start of the year.

So what about 2020 then? Well, where do we start. All we can say is what a year! The world does indeed feel like a very different place from this time last year.

We are hugely sympathetic to the problems in other sectors. However, we also feel very fortunate that our businesses have not been severely affected by the pandemic. Yes, we have had to learn how to do things a bit differently. However, we are still able to run flourishing businesses and even grow them in the current climate. For that, we are very thankful.

Franchise Business – general overview

From purely a demand for our gardening services and individual franchise business financial performance point of view, paradoxically the past year has been a very good one. Demand for our services ran at least in line with, if not above, normal levels throughout the year. Furthermore, given the socially-distanced nature of gardening, we were able to deliver our services, albeit with some adjustments. Resulting business profitability is indeed looking very good.

New Franchise Business success

The positive attitude, and financial results, of our newer franchisees have frankly blown us away this year.

Theo (Middlesex) started his brand new business in perfect harmony with the announcement of the first lockdown. He remained very calm and worked hard, under our guidance, to put all the right building blocks in place to run a great business. He is well on his way to that goal and his financial performance since he started is impressive.

Rich (Oxford South) and Ali (Cambridge North) have joined Ed”s more recently. Likewise, both have had very promising starts and have already started to build strong regular customer bases.

In addition, Franchise Business owners who had joined Ed’s in the months leading up to the pandemic have powered through and have delivered strong financial results this year.

We consider this a great endorsement that our business model delivers results, even in the most unusual business climate.

Supporting our Franchise Business team

Strong financial results are certainly a big part of the wellbeing jigsaw for our business owners. However, we do appreciate that this is only part of the picture. The uncertainty and challenges of the past year have made for a very difficult time. We appreciate that this can take a big toll on any individuals’ mental wellbeing.

We know how supporting our team of business owners has never been more important. Our franchise business owners are spread out over a number of locations. This makes strong communication even more important and it is something that is at the very heart of Ed’s. We realised early on that there was a big gap to fill with business owners not being able to get together for the usual face to face meetings, training and last, but certainly not least, social get-togethers. So we have ramped up our phone calls and Zoom calls and done our very best to keep contact, just in different ways.

Training through a new lens

In the absence of large group training sessions, we have provided more focused smaller group virtual training workshops which have proved very effective.

Our business owners are very keen on the training sessions we usually run where we have our expert horticulturalist train on a whole range of gardening-related matters. We usually run these at RHS Wisley but we are currently running the same sessions via Zoom. The response to this has been very positive.

Looking ahead

We are currently experiencing very high levels of interest in Ed’s franchise opportunity. Many people’s circumstances have changed with job uncertainty or losses. We hear many people saying that they want to run a business where they have a level of control over the future success of their business. If they are looking at a franchise, they want one that will not be wiped out by any future pandemic circumstances. Many just say that life is too short to do a job you don’t feel passionate about…

Ed’s ticks all of these boxes and a lot more besides.

So, there you have our current view of Ed’s world. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021.

If you think joining Ed’s could be an attractive option for you for a fresh start in 2021, please do get in touch.


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New Garden Business update

New Garden Business in Oxford south – Rich is on the ascent!

Ed’s new Garden Business in Oxford south was recently established when Rich Harris joined the Ed’s team. Rich is now fully up and running. He has completed his initial training period and is now a fully fledged Ed’s garden business owner!

We asked Rich how things are going for him. This is what he had to say…

Ed’s Garden Business – Rich’s update….

” Well, I feel like my energy levels have been running high ever since I made the decision to join Ed’s. It really has been exciting. As soon as I knew that Ed’s was the right venture for me, I just wanted to get on with the process and get myself ready for opening shop.”

Rich puts his rock climbing skills to good use
Rich deploying his rock climbing skills!

My training…

“My initial training period has gone really well. Furthermore, my training has been of a high standard and well-pitched for my needs. It has been varied and interesting. I like that my initial training had a good split between being office-based and out on the road. I feel very well prepared for starting my business. Furthermore, being a rock climbing instructor myself, I understand just how important it is to put all the training blocks in place to really make a success of things. “

Setting my (lawn mower!) wheels in motion

” I felt really excited, and a bit nervous, when I switched my business on. I know it’s only natural to feel like that though. The experienced Ed’s business owners I’ve met all said they felt exactly the same. However, I am just a few weeks in and I feel a lot more confident already. I would describe my life at the moment in three words – busy, busy, busy! Lots of work coming through and the weather has been very kind to me. I have had some really interesting jobs too which is great. I am thoroughly enjoying the work.”

The future?

“I love waking up in the morning looking forward to my working day ahead. It is an excellent feeling to know I am working hard to build a business that is mine. So all in all, I’m extremely positive about what’s to come. In summary, I guess things couldn’t really be any better. It’s just onwards and upwards for my business now. “


We look forward to giving future updates on how Rich’s business grows.



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Ed’s Garden Business News

Ed’s Garden Business – Ali’s Update

Ed’s Garden Business in Cambridge north was recently born when Ali McCormick joined our team. Ali’s training is now complete. His van is beautifully branded. And he is most definitely in business!

We caught up with Ali and asked him how things are going for him in his early days with Ed’s.

This is what Ali had to say…

Ali McCormick Ed's Garden Services Business Owner

Ed’s Garden Business – Ali’s update….

” The last month or so has definitely been a whirlwind. However, in a really positive way. Coming from a job that I was struggling to be enthused about, the feeling of starting something new is like a breath of fresh air. I feel energised. I feel excited about the day ahead. It is great to get up in the morning looking forward to the working day ahead.”

” I believe that a great thing about starting up with a strong franchise behind you is that you have all the excitement without the worry . I have support from people who really know what they are doing. Ed’s has underpinned the start-ups of successful businesses time and again. That’s massively reassuring when you are in what is uncharted territory for you.”

My training…

“Firstly, my training has been really excellent. I have been very well prepared for getting started with my business. I consider myself lucky to have had a structured training programme which was specifically tailored to me. In addition to the office element, it’s been great going out with Ed’s business owners to do the more practical elements of my training. Also, I’m so lucky to have a great neighbour in Richard, who runs his Ed’s business in St Ives. Richard is always on hand to answer any questions I have. That relationship is another safety net for me. In conclusion, I have felt very supported throughout and I know that my training will be just as good going forward.”

Setting my wheels in motion…

“Firstly I have already started delivering services and I am really enjoying the work. Secondly, it’s interesting getting to meet different customers. Thirdly, the day is varied and busy, which I love. In conclusion, working outdoors in a healthy and physical job that definitely helps you to sleep well at night. As does knowing you are in very capable hands!”

We look forward to giving future updates on how Ali’s business develops.



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Ed’s Garden Services News Hot off the press…

Ed’s Garden Services goes up to Oxford and Cambridge!

Ed’s Garden Services are delighted to announce two new business owners who have very recently joined Ed’s to run their gardening businesses in Oxford and Cambridge. We are thrilled to welcome both promising new business owners in two such prestigious seats of learning.

Ed’s Garden Services – Good old Oxbridge boat race rivalry?

So will there be extremely high standards and competitive spirit between the two new business owners in line with the Oxford and Cambridge boat race mentality?

It is true that Ed’s Garden Services business owners share the same very high standards in running their businesses and success is important to them. They also enjoy the fit and healthy lifestyle being a gardener brings. However, that’s where the analogy ends. In all truth, our Ed’s business owners all work together as one strong team rather than pitching against each other. Everyone has their own protected areas. Ed’s Gardening Business owners act more like friends than competitors. They enjoy helping each other succeed, irrespective of what stage they are at with their own businesses.

Introducing Rich in Oxford (South)…

Rich Harris Ed's Garden Services Business Owner Oxford (South)

Rich Harris has recently joined the Ed’s team to run his gardening business in Oxford (South).

Rich’s decision to join Ed’s…

Why a gardening business?

“I’ve hankered after setting up a gardening business and being my own boss for quite some time now. I am a very active individual and I am a qualified rock climbing instructor. From this experience, I know I love a challenge and the great outdoors.”

Why a gardening franchise?

“I also know from my rock climbing instructor experience just how important it is to have the right tools and professional guidance at your fingertips. This is key if you are going to be safe, rise to challenges and be successful. That was one of the key considerations that drew me to franchising and more specifically to Ed’s. I weighed up whether I should set up as an independent gardener or go the franchise route. After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I decided that I would develop a successful business much more efficiently with a good franchise to guide me through.”

Why Ed’s Garden Services?

“Ed’s Garden Services stood out as the very best of the bunch of garden franchises on offer. My feeling was that if I am setting up a gardening business in my hometown of Oxford, I had better be sure that I am going with the intelligent choice! Joking aside though, Ed’s just clicked for me in terms of fit straight away. In essence, it was a really easy decision to make. They were very switched-on. Their professionalism and engagement with me made them stand out from the very beginning.”

“I’d been following Ed’s closely since last year. However, when the lockdown happened, it really focused my mind to get on with it. I felt the time was absolutely right for me.”

The Reality?

“So far, everything in my business set-up is running like clockwork. It’s been a busy and exciting time over the past month. I’ve started my training and am well on my way to being ready to go. The office team has been very supportive and reassuring throughout. The Gardening Business Owners that I have met through my fact-finding and training have been fantastic too. Really impressive. What struck me is how professional and friendly they are in equal measures.”

Introducing Ali in Cambridge (North)…

And then, on the day after Rich joined Ed’s, Ali McCormick signed his contact to join Ed’s to run his Ed’s business in Cambridge (North)

Ali McCormick Ed's Garden Services Business Owner (Cambridge North)

Why a gardening business?

“I’d worked for the same company in credit control for nineteen years and was made redundant. I saw the redundancy as a real opportunity as I knew I wanted to do something really different. I liked the idea of getting out of an office environment and doing something more challenging and outdoorsy. Furthermore, the idea of running my own business really appealed to me.”

Why a gardening franchise?

“I thought (very) briefly about going it alone but I instinctively knew my chances of success were much better going with an established franchise. I wanted to be able to get up to a good earnings level quickly and I knew that would be so much easier going the franchise route.”

“My mother actually mentioned Ed’s Garden Services’ presence in the area she lives and said they came over as a really good and professional company. I thought it was worth finding out more. “

Why Ed’s Garden Services?

“Ed’s just struck a chord with me right away. I just liked everything I saw about them, from the set-up to their branding. It all came over as very professional and thought-out. The office team were very open with information and to chat through what I was looking for.”

“I also had chats with Richard, who is the Operator who runs his business where my mother lives. Richard was clearly a really bright guy (he has a PhD) but very down to earth, helpful and friendly and I could see he really enjoyed running his Ed’s business.”

“So I suppose you could say that it wasn’t any one particular aspect that made me choose Ed’s, more how all the pieces fitted together and I could see how it could work for me. Rather than getting any doubts as I learned more, I was more reassured that joining Ed’s was the right thing for me.”

The Reality?

“The joining process was very smooth and straightforward. Everything is well on track with my training and set-up. The Ed’s business owners I have met have been so helpful too. Now I am just really excited about getting going with my business and building it up. I know I’ll need help and ongoing support to run a really good business. What’s great is that it is all just there for me to tap into. It’s great that Rich has joined at exactly the same time as me in Oxford. I think we will be having a number of chats, swapping notes on how we are doing things.”

We wish both Rich and Ali all the best with their businesses and look forward to keeping you posted on how their businesses grow.

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Ed’s Gardening Business Update

Ed’s Gardening Business Update – Summer uninterrupted

Ed’s Gardening business in a pandemic? We just wanted to give a brief update on how life is at Ed’s at the moment and how our gardening businesses are bearing up in the current conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the lockdown was announced, our reaction was “What does this mean for our Ed’s gardening businesses?.” However we took comfort from the following facts:-

  • gardening is naturally a safe and socially-distanced activity
  • we have significant experience of tackling business challenges head on (although we had to admit that this one was quite exceptional)
  • we have a great team of franchisees who are always ready to support the Ed’s overall business and each other
  • our franchisees have lots of loyal customers and the support of each other to navigate a way through.

Ed’s Gardening Businesses – The Reality of the Situation

And so… we took a deep breath, took a calm and pragmatic approach and sought to map out a way forward for the Ed’s businesses through these unprecedented times. We set our minds to getting a modus operandi in place as soon as possible. That way, business owners, who wanted to work through the pandemic, could safely do so. We were very fortunate that gardening services were able to continue during lockdown. This was very reassuring for Ed’s gardening business owners. However, we also respected that everyone’s family circumstances were different. If gardening business owners chose not to work, that was entirely at their discretion too.

Our business owners wasted no time in putting a range of safety precautions in place to protect the safety of their customers as well as their own while they go about their gardening jobs. Financial performance is important but safety always comes first.

Demand for our gardening services has been running high as usual over the past months. We are very grateful for our customers’ business at any time, but especially during these uncertain times. We are doing our very best to meet our customers’ needs and service demand levels whilst of course continuing to work safely.

Ed’s Gardening Businesses – One thing is certain, grass keeps growing…

Ed's gardening business stripy summer lawn

Mark, our Ed’s business owner in Ramsgate sums things up well. Mark says ” When the pandemic first hit, like everyone else in the country, I wondered what it would mean for my business. However, I have been really busy throughout. Demand for my services has been really strong. The feedback I have been getting from my customers is that everyone is spending a lot more time at home. Outdoor space is even more of a luxury than usual. If the summer is being spent at home, they want the garden to feel as much like being on holiday as possible. That’s where I can make a big difference. I have found it really rewarding to help my customers during these difficult times. I consider myself extremely lucky to be the owner of a strong gardening business in these testing times.”

Matthew, our well-established Ed’s business owner in Folkestone says ” Our business is pretty bomb proof to be honest. When I looked for a franchise all these years ago, never in my wildest dreams would I have been thinking about what sector would be fine in a global pandemic! But there you are, luckily I made a good choice'”

The acid test…

And finally, we asked Theo, our newest Ed’s business owner, for his take on the situation. Theo said “The timing of setting up a brand new business just as lockdown was announced could have been better! However, I’ve been supported so well by Ed’s over the past few months and I’ve been really busy. It’s amazing that I’ve been able to put building blocks in place for my business when the country was in lockdown. I’ve actually been able to make a really good start on building my new business.”

If you would like to discuss opportunities within Ed’s, please do get in touch.



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Gardening Business in Ashford

Gardening Business in Ashford – Ed’s welcomes Theo

Theo Karachristos has recently joined Ed’s to run his gardening business in Ashford, Surrey. Ed’s is delighted to welcome Theo to the team.

We caught up with Theo to talk about his Ed’s experience so far…

Gardening Business in Ashford – Theo’s background…

“I grew up in Greece and was always very much involved with the land and really enjoyed that. I worked as a grape producer when I lived in Greece. However, I’ve always been quite intrepid and really wanted to travel and live abroad to widen my horizons.”

The route to joining Ed’s…

“Once in the UK, I trained as a chef and subsequently worked in the hospitality sector. I enjoyed the buzz and pressure of the kitchen and the customer focus of the job. However, I also hankered after a more outdoorsy life of a more physical nature. I also wanted more freedom to enjoy life as well as enjoying work. I thought about setting up as an independent gardener but knew that I would get much further as part of a successful franchise. When I looked more closely at the options, Ed’s was the obvious route for me. As soon as I made this decision, I was keen to get on and get established with my business.”

The early days…

“As it worked out, I ended up signing my Ed’s contract just before the country went into lockdown. My initial reaction was that my timing could have been better. However, when I thought things through I realised that I was much better off in start-up mode with a franchise in a pandemic than going it alone. I wouldn’t have lasted five minutes as an independent starting out in that situation!”

The verdict so far…

“As it has worked out , I’ve been supported so well since joining and I’ve made a really good start with my business. In Ed’s we are very fortunate that we were able to work through the lockdown as responsible gardening is safe. There has been no shortage of work at all and I’m now in a position where I feel that my business is really starting to take shape. I really love the job. I love the variety and the physicality of it and I love the fact that I have always got lots of work to be getting on with.”

The future…

“I feel that the level of work flow I have means that I am very positive about the future outlook for my business. It was definitely the right decision to join Ed’s. If they can support you starting in a pandemic, I really believe they can get you through anything!”

We wish Theo all the very best with his new Ed’s adventure.