Ed’s Garden Business News

Ali with Ed's Garden Services branded van

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.



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.

Ed’s Gardening Business Update

Ed's Gardening Business potted hydrangeas in summer garden

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.



Gardening Business in Ashford

Theo Ed's Garden Operator 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.

Gardening Business Training

Gardening Business Training Session

Gardening Business Training – Valuable, varied…and fun!

Gardening Business Training – What’s the story?

Here in Ed’s, we rounded off the first week of February with our first gardening business training session of 2020. Consequently, the office was a real hive of activity, even more so than usual! And so, we were delighted to welcome many of our Gardening Business Owners, from a whole range of locations, for a valuable training afternoon.

As always, we covered a range of relevant business issues. Furthermore, the Ed’s way of doing training is that we all agree a list of hot topics with our Business Owners on the day. Without a doubt, we find this is fundamentally much better than coming up with a dry pre-fabricated agenda.

First and foremost, this means that we train our Gardening Business Owners in matters in which they are really interested.  Thus, topics that will make a difference to their businesses. We take the view that training for training’s sake is of no value at all. Training must add real value for our team of busy Business Owners. This training ethos runs through Ed’s. It applies to new Business Owners, who have a tailored training programme for their own specific needs. Equally, it applies to planning training sessions for Gardening Business Owners who have been with Ed’s for twelve years or more. The Ed’s mantra is that training should ALWAYS make a difference.

The Format

First of all, our training session kicked off with an overview from Ed himself on the big picture in Ed’s. This is always useful for our Business Owners as it puts their own business efforts into context. Next, we welcomed new Ed’s Gardening Business Owners and then cut to the main agenda , which focused, first of all, on agreeing the hot topics of the day.

We always love hearing our Business Owners putting forward their ideas on their hot topics at a specific point in time. After agreeing the hot topics, we split into groups, mixing up new and experienced Business Owners. Notably, we all find that it is so beneficial for business owners with a whole range of different levels of experience and perspectives to contribute to a wide breadth of discussions.

Our aim is to strike a balance between keeping discussions informal and flowing but also capturing the essence through a structured approach. We find that breaking into small groups for initial discussion works. The next stage is to have group presentations to feed that input into the whole group. The Office team are very experienced facilitators and this helps us to make this fluid approach work!

The Proceedings

In Friday’s session we covered a whole breadth of hot topics, ranging from ‘What makes a really good customer?’ to ‘Key considerations when employing staff’. Breaking things up with some fresh air, we did an outdoors practical exercise on estimating some tricky jobs. In addition, we had a presentation on physical wellbeing from one of our experienced Business Owners, Richard from St Ives.

Finally , we were able to squeeze in a great session from one of the large gardening equipment suppliers. He spoke to us about latest developments in the world of gardening equipment. We found it really useful to have his expert opinion on kit performance.

After all that talking, we were certainly ready for some refreshments. We like to have an informal social element at the end of our training sessions as it gives Business Owners the chance to get to know each other better.

The Feedback

After the event, we always ask our business owners for feedback so that we can continuously improve our training provision…

First of all, we got a five star review from Paul, who runs his gardening business in Swindon. Paul said” I thought it was a really great session. Well worth the time out of my business. It was really useful content, the time flew and it was fun. It’s always great to see the other Business Owners too. All in all, a great Friday afternoon.”

Next, Dave, who runs his business in Andover, was equally positive. He said “The Ed’s training sessions are really spot on. I always look forward to them. The things we cover are always really interesting and you leave with ideas and solutions that make a great difference to your business. I really like the team aspect as well. It’s all done in a fun, fresh way too. Actually, great training is one of the real advantages of being part of Ed’s.”

Finally, Nigel, who runs his business in Worthing fed back, ” I find these get-togethers so useful, as well as motivational. I thought that the small group exercise of pricing up the jobs at the front of the building were very enlightening for future reference. Thank you!”

A final key measure of success is that the Office team always enjoys running the sessions as much as our Business Operators enjoy participating. This has to be a key ingredient of a successful and fun training event.

If you would like to find out more about life as an Ed’s Gardening Business Operator, please do get in touch.

Gardening Business to go!

Gardening business far below

Gardening Business winter activities

A Gardening Business is perennial…

In Ed’s we find that our Business Owners are busy delivering gardening services for most of the year. They have a number of regular customers who want them to visit all year round.

However, January and February do tend to be our quietest months before spring springs and we all get extremely busy again.

Our Gardening Business Owners usually get everything ship-shape for the very busy rest of year in those two months. Business reviews are completed, vans serviced, meetings with accountants scheduled etc.

…yet there’s still time for some fun!

It’s also  a great time to refresh, catch some winter sun and take some time out while  the rest of the working population is struggling through dreary January.

A few examples of what our Gardening Business Owners have been up to since the Christmas break.

Steve’s great escape…

Gardening Business Owner Hersham Steve Frise

Steve Frise, is our Ed’s Gardening Business Owner in Hersham. Steve has been running his Ed’s business for almost twelve years.  He just got back from a great holiday in New Zealand. Here’s what Steve has to say about it…

Why New Zealand?

“My nineteen year old son is following his blossoming football career in New Zealand and is staying out there for a year. It’s been a great opportunity for him and, aside from loving his football, he has fallen in love with New Zealand. Inspired by his enthusiasm, it set me thinking a few months back that maybe I could take a few weeks break in January and go out to visit my son for a few weeks. Quickly, this grew from a vague notion to me booking my flights!”

Who held the fort with your Gardening Business?

“I have a very well-established Ed’s business. I joined Ed’s over ten years ago and I have built a really strong business. My business has lots of lovely customers who are happy for me to work through the winter. However, I also have a really good team of employees, so although the business still runs, I really don’t have to be there all of the time. I can take some time out, with a clear head and just enjoy myself.”

The verdict?

“My New Zealand trip was just wonderful. Aside from the beauty of the country, I was able to spend some great time with my son. What job gives you the freedom to be as spontaneous as that.  My wife has been very gracious about the whole thing, especially since she couldn’t get the time off from her job to come along!”

“I feel refreshed and ready for the season to kick off again. All we need is some of that lovely New Zealand sunshine now!”

David’s winter adventure…

David Ross, joined Ed’s in October 2019 to run his Ed’s Gardening Business in Royal Tunbridge Wells. David has just got back from an amazing trip to USA. We asked David for the lowdown…

” I started my Ed’s Gardening Business in October 2019. I’ve completed all my training and have put all the building blocks in place to get my business started. I got some good experience in delivering the Ed’s services in the last few months of 2019. I’m in great shape to make the most of the year ahead.”

The travel opportunity

“Over the Christmas break, out of the blue, the opportunity arose to go out to the States to see my brother and do a road trip in Utah and Colorado – an absolute dream for me! At first I felt a bit guilty about jumping at it. I’ve only just started my Ed’s Gardening Business. However, I chatted it through with Ed and our joint conclusion was to go for it.”

“I’ve got everything in place for spring. I know the work will be plentiful to say the least. There was absolutely nothing to stop me from going ahead and having a wonderful time… with peace of mind.”

The verdict?

“As it turned out the trip was indeed absolutely wonderful. This was my ‘view from the office’ in January! The salt plains just outside Salt Lake City, Utah.  What an amazing sight.”

“I’m back now, over the jet lag and looking forward to an Ed’s training session with all the team next week. I’m so glad I took the opportunity. I feel energised and really positive about all the opportunities and challenges the year ahead will surely bring.”

“Who knew that running a gardening business could come with a jet-set lifestyle!”

If you would like to find out more about life as an Ed’s Gardening Business Owner, please do get in touch.

Gardening Business in Ramsgate

Ed's gardening business Ramsgate takes off

Gardening Business in Ramsgate – How has Mark’s business taken off?

Gardening Business in Ramsgate – The Background

Mark Stanton joined Ed’s Garden Services in January 2019.  He joined Ed’s to set up his own gardening business in Ramsgate, Kent. Mark joined Ed’s in search of career fulfilment by doing something he loved, far away from the Corporate world. It is true that he was also looking for a healthier lifestyle. This meant resetting the balance in his life.  Mark felt that it was important to him to reclaim the thrill of doing a job that he loved.

At Ed’s it is really important to us that Business Owners can achieve their goals.  However, this applies not only to the financial goals.  Indeed, the lifestyle ones are hugely important to us too.

Recently we had a catch up with Mark and asked him for some honest feedback on how his Ed’s venture is panning out for him so far.

Ed's gardening business Ramsgate van

 

Over to Mark…

“Well, I can honestly say that my Ed’s experience has significantly exceeded my expectations. I knew that I very much enjoyed gardening and I knew that Ed’s was a really professional Franchise business.  Taking both factors into account, I was reassured that Ed’s would probably work out well enough for me.”

My Gardening Business in Ramsgate’s success…

“However, what I didn’t really expect was the scope of the opportunity to build a business. There has been so much work available to me since I started that I have been able to build very strong foundations in my business much earlier than I thought was realistic.  The process my business has made is nothing short of amazing.  It’s no coincidence that the level of support I’ve got from the Ed’s team has been excellent. I knew I would be supported but I really didn’t expect it to be so personal and guiding. You just get the feeling that everyone is rooting for you to succeed right from the start. That is incredibly reassuring when you are in the early days of a brand new business.”

My fulfilment…

“Another thing I underestimated was the general sense of wellbeing and freedom I get from this career. I love the fact that I can shape my days how I want, doing something I love and don’t waste time on long commutes. One particular day stands out in the summer when I was driving along the coast road to another good job, watching the sun glistening on the water thinking “How could work really be any better than this! If I had to put how I feel about my job on the happiness barometer, it would honestly be off the scale.”  

My health and wellbeing…

“My business figures are looking really good but the other big bonus is that my figure is looking much better too! I’m already much trimmer than I have been in years and my health is massively improved as well. This is factual as I had a recent health MOT and absolutely everything was way better.”

My family’s take on it…

“And last but not least, my wife is just as delighted as I am with my Ed’s venture. I had been so stressed at work before Ed’s and she had been very keen for me to do something which would make me healthier and happier. She wholeheartedly agrees that Ed’s has certainly done that for me! My long commute is a thing of the past. Consequently, we have much more quality time together.  It’s still a bit of a novelty me actually being home at a decent time in the evening.  Even the dog is happier as I can pop home to have lunch some days!”

Tunbridge Wells Gardening Business

Tunbridge Wells Gardening business equipment

David sets up his Tunbridge Wells gardening business

David Ross has just joined Ed’s to run his gardening business in Royal Tunbridge Wells. With very strong business experience and a real drive to run a good business, we are sure that David will do very well with his new venture.

David Ross - Ed's Operator Tunbridge Wells

David shares a few thoughts with us on his decision to join Ed’s…

My background

“I’ll tell you a bit about how I went from sales management to running my own Ed’s gardening business. I had spent many years working in sales management in a visual communications business. I had the classic “good job” scenario. However, the flip side was that I also had all the stresses and corporate issues that go with the territory. I had got to a stage where I just wasn’t fulfilled and I wanted to do something else for my physical and mental wellbeing.

My job criteria

I really wanted to feel excited about my job – my next job had to be something that I wanted to get up for in the morning. Because I’ve always loved the outdoors and, particularly doing practical, physical work in a natural environment, running my own gardening business seemed like a good option for me. Also, my neighbours frequently joke about the time I spend cutting back and tending the wooded area beside the estate where I live. Those who know me well say it’s been clear that I’ve been a frustrated gardener for a long time. I just had to realise it!

The selection process

When I started thinking about alternative careers, it was obvious the type of work I enjoyed. I focussed my research on relevant businesses. I found out about Ed’s early on in my search and was immediately impressed by the quality of their online presence. Indeed, I was also impressed with the initial communication regarding the details of the franchise. When I moved on to talk with the Ed’s office team, this was only reinforced. The Ed’s team were friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. They also had a clear passion for the business. I could see that the signs were all very good. I also knew for sure that I wanted to move on to the next stage and find out more.

Face to face meeting

I came in to meet with Ed with my wife and we were both very impressed with the quality of the franchise business. We were also struck by the professional but friendly and frank way it was all presented to us. I can spot a hard sell a mile away, given my background, and with Ed’s the feeling we got was quite the opposite. To be honest, it was very refreshing. The clear message I got was that of ‘take your time and work out if it’s right for you.’

My next steps

We learned lots about my potential gardening business and I felt really keen to go ahead. However, I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel trepidation about jacking in my job. I was quite open about that after the meeting. The feedback I got from Ed’s was that they wholeheartedly agreed that the timing had to be right for me, it was crucial to me getting the best possible start to running my business. No pressure, no negativity, just a ‘let us know if/when the time is right’.

My timing

Over the following months, we kept in touch and I kept thinking about Ed’s and what it would be like to be part of the team. I knew everything stacked up for me about Ed’s, it was just finding the courage to make the leap. Early summer this year I realised that it was time to move forward.

Getting out on the job

The next stage was to me to go out with an established Ed’s Operator to get a good insight into what Ed’s was really like. I went out with Bob, who runs his business in Horsham. Bob previously worked in risk management so he was a really good person to talk to! I had a field day (excuse the pun!) on my day out. He is a great guy who is running a fabulous business. What’s more, he has a lot of passion for what he does. We share a corporate background and we clicked right away. Again, I felt I could ask any question, nothing was too daft.

Bob even let me loose on a lawn (with close vigilance!) and was really pleased with my work. Even if I say so myself, my stripes weren’t half bad for a new guy on his work experience day!

Tunbridge Wells Gardening business lawn mowing stripes
David earns his lawn mowing stripes

A Tunbridge Wells gardening business was born!

In a nutshell, I knew my hunch was right after my day out. I had been in my element. I made my mind up to definitely go for it and the rest of the joining process ran like clockwork. Having gone through the remaining steps, I came in to the office and signed my contract. My Ed’s business was born!

Now I’m all ready to go with my business and I am really looking forward to getting started. Of course, I still feel a little bit apprehensive. However, when I speak to Ed’s Operators who have only been going a few months and are already going great guns, I feel absolutely fine. I know that will be me in a few months time! The main thing is that I am totally reassured by the fact that I know that I am in extremely safe hands.”

Ed’s wishes David all the very best with his new venture.

Gardening Business in Andover

Dave Garden Business Owner Andover Topiary

Dave reflects on his shipshape gardening business…and life

Dave Laing - Ed's Business Owner Andover
Dave Laing – Ed’s Business Owner Andover

There’s nothing we like better than catching up with the business owners of an Ed’s gardening business.  We often have a catch up when they are taking a well-earned coffee break.  We believe that effective coaching is at the very heart of Ed’s success.

Even once our Business Owners are very well established, communication is always strong and we love to hear what’s going well as well as giving ongoing support when required. 

Dave gives us the low down…

Earlier this week, we caught up with Dave Laing.  Dave runs his own successful gardening business in Andover. He joined Ed’s in May 2017 so is now into his third year of operation as an Ed’s business owner.  Dave took a few minutes to reflect on how he is feeling about his Ed’s journey. This is what he had to say:-

“Well, here I am with a great little gardening business. I’ve got forty great regular customers now, which was my target from day one. My business really is running smoothly now and I have a very strong sense of achievement.”

The gardening business road so far…

“I don’t want to sound smug but I really am in a very good place with my business now. I can see the fruits of all my focus and planning. At the start, the Ed’s team always stressed how important it was to put strong building blocks in place and I really took that on board and followed their advice to the letter. I am really pleased that I did that as I can see now how important it is in building a very strong business. My financials are looking really good and life is really very enjoyable. I still love gardening and get a real kick out of a job well done. I think my enthusiasm comes over with my customers and they are a really loyal, lovely bunch of people.”

Life in general…

“At a personal level, I can honestly say that life has never been better. My wife and I had a fabulous holiday in Namibia earlier this year and we are planning a trip to Corsica later this year and are also going to Cuba in the New Year. I feel fitter than I have in years and feel a lot younger than when I started my business with Ed’s.”

“When I joined Ed’s, I wanted a successful business, of course. However, I also wanted a good work/life balance and I’ve definitely achieved that. I work four and a half days per week now as I like to get finished around lunchtime on a Friday so we can have a really good weekend and some quality down time.”

“Ed’s really has been the best thing I have ever done career-wise.  My only regret is that I really wish I had started my business five years earlier, when I think about how disenchanted I was in my corporate job in that period. If I had known then what I know now, I would have jumped ship in a flash!”

…And the future for your gardening business?

“I can see me running my Ed’s business for many years to come.  I’ve found my niche and I can’t ever imagine being employed by someone else ever again. I love the freedom too much. I might go down to a four day week in ten years or so though!”

 

 

 

Gardening business Norfolk

Beautiful woodland garden in rural Norfolk

Stuart’s gardening business office for the day

The perks of running a gardening business!

Stuart Thackeray has an established Ed’s gardening business in rural Norfolk (North and West). It’s a stunning part of the world and Stuart loves being able to live in such a beautiful place, as well running a successful garden maintenance business

The background…

Having spent many years commuting into London from New Malden to work in the City as a systems analyst, Stuart really was ready for a change of career. He originally joined Ed’s in 2014 to build a gardening business in New Malden. He loved the gardening and was amazed at how quickly he could establish a good business as part of Ed’s. There was only one thing missing.  It was in the wrong location for him to feel truly fulfilled. 

Stuart had grown up in rural Norfolk and had always longed to move back there. However, he had felt that it was just impractical from a career perspective.  The seeds of an idea were germinating though…. Maybe maybe Stuart could do a job he loved in a place that he loved too?

Completing the dream lifestyle…

Stuart says ” I was amazed at how well the Ed’s business model worked when I started my gardening business in New Malden. I was pretty sure I could do the same thing in rural Norfolk. I knew that my customer profile and that the typical garden would be different. Yet I also had a strong hunch that I would be able to run a really good gardening business there. Indeed, my hunch was right!”

Stuart now lives in a listed cottage with outbuildings (and the obligatory Aga to dry his gardening socks on!) He says ” When I talk about our life now and how different (and better!) it is, I risk sounding like a bit of a cliché! But it really is wonderful. No more traffic congestion and my day consists of working in a variety of different gardens, mainly in rural villages around the one in which I live – Whissonsett, near Fakenham. Sometimes I have my sidekick, Monty, our Hungarian Vizsla,  with me, depending on whether the weather suits him to venture out or not! My customers love it when he decides to grace us with his presence. He usually gets a more enthusiastic welcome even than I do.” 

Gardening business helper Hungarian Vizsla dog

“So what’s the downside? Well, irritatingly I guess, I don’t really think there is one. You get the odd day of weather which is not as good as you’d hoped but give me that over a stuffy, claustrophobic commute into Central London any day. Each to their own, I suppose, but I wouldn’t swap the life we’ve built here for anything.”