Edâ€™s is delighted to welcome John Spencer on board. John has just joined Edâ€™s as our brand new Edâ€™s Operator in Maidenhead. This is as a result of our veteran Operator, Lucy Williams, selling her business to him.
This is what John has to say about coming on board â€œI am veryÂ excited about being part of Edâ€™s team and also about taking over Lucyâ€™s business. My background is in sales and I really wanted to get out of that Corporate environment and make a positive lifestyle change for me and my family. I knew that a garden maintenance franchise ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for. I considered several but as soon as I met Ed and the team I could see that Edâ€™s was a great franchise to be part of. They are very dynamic, professional, clearly know exactly what they are doing and explain everything clearly and in a very supportive and friendly way. They took their time to go through the details of the investment opportunity and it was easy to understand the value of their business model. I knew I would fit right in and that it was definitely the right franchise for me. The opportunity to purchase Lucyâ€™s business was the cherry on top – it means that Iâ€™ve got a good bank of high quality customers from day one and that makes me even more comfortable about any business risk. Lucy is clearly a very experienced Edâ€™s Operator, having joined Edâ€™s seven years ago, and I have great confidence in the quality of the business I am buying. Lucy will be taking her time in handing over the reins of the business to me, which will ensure a smooth handover. She will also helping with my general Edâ€™s training, which is great. I feel like I already know Lucy well as the process has been so thorough. Weâ€™ve just completed the paperwork and I canâ€™t wait to get started.â€
We wish both Lucy and John all the very best for the future.
Last year, Mike Schofield joined Ed’s to run his own gardening franchise business in Redditch and Stratford-upon-Avon. Mike joined the Edâ€™s team with twenty-two years of gardening experience working for a charity. This is what Mike has to say about his first year.
â€œIâ€™ve always loved gardening and when I joined Edâ€™s I was confident that there wasnâ€™t much you could teach me about cutting a mean lawn edge with a small strimmer! However, I felt that there was a lot I had to learn to develop the necessary skills to running a successful and profitable gardening business. Iâ€™d longed to run my own business and build something that was truly mine for quite some time. I wasnâ€™t scared of the risk but I was realistic enough to understand that I would do a lot better with a strong brand behind me. I also felt that I would benefit greatly from the business support and sales and marketing expertise that are part of the package. I was used to having a steady income and by joining Edâ€™s was doing my level best to make sure that I can sustain that security into the future.â€
â€œReflecting on the past year, I think I was spot on with my instincts. I feel as if I have developed so much in the area of business skills since I joined Edâ€™s. Iâ€™ve had a lot of support across the board, but especially in the area of financial management which was pretty new to me and I feel that I have accomplished a lot. It has been a steep learning curve but I feel that I have been extremely well supported along the way. Whatâ€™s more, at Edâ€™s the support is all very tailored to the individual â€“ Ed himself will take the time to sit with you and explain something you are finding particularly tricky. I really like that about Edâ€™s.”
“I enjoy the record keeping and have been glad to help trial Edâ€™s new accounting system. To sum up, I still love gardening but I am also really enjoying the challenge of running my own business whilst being part of a wider supportive team.â€
â€œWith regard to the financials, I am very pleased to report (with full confidence!) that my first yearâ€™s profit came in very close to the figure we projected in my business plan. I know thatâ€™s only one measure of the health of my business, but it really is reflective of how the past year has been, pretty smooth running and no nasty surprises! I have also managed to pay off a good proportion of my set up costs. I think thatâ€™s part of the beauty of going the franchise route – you know you are on a well-trodden path and even if it is unclear to you in the early days how you will get there, the experience is there in the background to help you to make it all happen. Iâ€™ve now got a healthy profit under my belt for my first year and am looking forward to doing even better in the coming year. â€