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Brand New Ed’s Business in Milton Keynes

Brand New Business Owner Andy

We are thrilled to welcome one more brand new business owner to our thriving Ed’s franchise business team. Andy Foster has recently signed up to run his Ed’s gardening business in Milton Keynes (North West). Andy is our fifth new franchise business owner since the start of 2022. We have welcomed a new business owner each and every month in the year to date.

Following on from his induction period, we had a chat with Andy about his reflections on joining Ed’s.

Brand New Ed’s Business Owner – Background

“My background is working in a number of production-related roles for huge international companies. I’ve been given more and more responsibility over the years and the rewards have been very good. On the whole, I have always enjoyed my work. However, there have also been a number of unsatisfactory elements that I have wanted to change for some time. The crux is that it is really hard to maintain a good work/life balance when you are working very long days. Night shifts are also very difficult to manage alongside an involved family life. I knew that my children were growing up too quickly and I felt that I was missing out. In a nutshell, I really missed having control of my own career. I craved the freedom to build a good career in parallel with quality time with my family.”

To Franchise or not to Franchise?

” My rationale was as follows. First of all, I knew that I wanted to run my own business in the next phase of my career. Secondly, I really enjoy the outdoors and it is important to me to build a business doing something I enjoy. Then there was the question of whether I should start up an independent gardening business or join a franchise. The challenge I had was that I wanted to put in the correct building blocks for a professional business but I also needed to replace the earnings level that I would be giving up…and quickly!”

“The conclusion I reached was that it would be pretty much impossible to meet that challenge with my own independent business. I liked the idea of the franchise route already having the groundwork in place for me. Consequently I decided that the franchise route was the way to go. However, it had to be with a very high quality franchise.”

“And so, my franchise business homework commenced…”

Your First Impression of Ed’s?

“I have worked for companies with some of the most successful brands in the world and I can see just how much value a strong brand can create. Without a doubt, Ed’s has the best brand in the UK garden services franchise sector. I could see how I could build a strong business with that brand as a foundation. That was really clear even from the first cursory look at gardening franchise websites.”

“Right from the start, I felt instinctively that the Ed’s brand, their business model and all the business support I would get from Ed’s, would all set me up well to build a quality gardening business. It really is a powerful cocktail.”

Your Due diligence?

Andy laughs “Oh yes! I did lots of that. Even though I had a really good feeling about the fit of Ed’s from the start, I wanted to be 100% sure. It’s sobering that, if I were to make the wrong move, my whole family would suffer. However, it really wasn’t too arduous a process. The Ed’s Office team guides you through your due diligence process as they want you to make a very considered decision to join. It’s not enough for them that they really like you. They need to know that you are sure too.”

Meeting the team

“I had access to a number of established business owners. It was great to have the opportunity to grill them on their Ed’s experience. That helped me a lot to be 100% sure that Ed’s was right for me. I was definitely reassured that I would be able to grow the business I aspire to. I got to see real powerhouse businesses in action. Furthermore, some of these businesses have only fairly recently been established. I found that hugely motivational.”

Jumping aboard

“I found the the joining process to be really efficient with Ed’s. I had made my decision and then wanted to get up and running as quickly as possible. The office team pulled out all the stops to achieve that as quickly as possible without compromising covering everything we needed to. I really was pleasantly surprised at how thorough and smooth the joining process was.”

Brand New Business Owner – The reality?

“I have been amazed at how quickly I am establishing my business. It is true that, before you start, everyone tells you that you will get really busy really quickly. However, it is human nature that you don’t quite believe it until it happens! My very first day kicked off with an enquiry for my services pretty much immediately. I couldn’t believe it. Furthermore, I’ve been busy ever since and already have 6 or 7 regular customers. Further validation that I have a great opportunity before me.”

The Ed’s Team wishes Andy all the very best with his new business. We look forward to updating on his progress.

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A new adventure for James

James Looks East

A new adventure is only just beginning for James, our Ed’s business owner in London (North) . Ed’s knows a good business owner when we see one and James is definitely one of those. We have had James as a valuable member of our Ed’s team for over ten years. Over that time, James has not only built up a strong gardening business but has also been busy building his life, both getting married and becoming a dad.

James’s wife is originally from South Korea and together they have decided that the time is right to leave London and move to Seoul for the next chapter 0f their life. They have lots of exciting plans for the time ahead.

We are very sad to see James go. However, we are also thrilled for him. We have no doubt that he will make a success of whatever he does. James has always been a wonderful ambassador for Ed’s – unfailingly professional, polite, focused and hard working and his Ed’s business had all of those strengths at its very core.

And so we caught up with James just before he left. Here’s what he had to say ….

A new adventure – Back to the beginning

“When I joined Ed’s more than ten years ago, I can honestly say that I made my best career move ever. Of course I was nervous when I started but I got all the support I needed to establish and run my gardening business in London (North). I loved seeing my business grow so quickly and I remember thinking that I was achieving something that I would never have thought possible. I was even more enthusiastic several months in than I had been at the very start. And I can honestly say that enthusiasm has stayed with me throughout my time with Ed’s.”

A new adventure – My Ed’s Journey

“I started to think quite differently once I was running my own business. I seemed to step up to my new role and my self-confidence grew significantly almost overnight. My confidence most certainly helped me to grow my business. What’s more, I was thrilled to be generating more money than I could ever have thought possible with a gardening business.”

“However, I also think that this confidence spilled over to other aspects of my life. I was comfortable taking control whereas before I would have most probably doubted my ability. Amazingly, I was able to pay off the mortgage on my first flat with my Ed’s earnings. Then I went on to buy a second flat as my business flourished even more. Now I am in the fortunate position of having rental income from both properties, which is effectively the equivalent of a salary. A good situation to be in and it helps a lot with our next steps.”

A new adventure – Taking the Plunge

“I believe that, when you are happy with life, there is never a perfect time to make significant changes. However, in our case, the timing was absolutely key. Our children are still very young so we can move without disrupting education. If we left it for even a couple of years, the situation would become a lot more complicated.”

The Future

Family day out at the Korean Folk Village, Seoul

“We have only just moved out to Seoul and are enjoying family time exploring and just settling in. I don’t really know what the future holds for us. It all depends on how much we enjoy it relative to our London life. And that bar is set pretty high!”

“When we were discussing my plans, Ed joked with me that I could always take the franchise to South Korea. However, I’m not sure I could keep pace with the tropical growth there! We may find ourselves coming back to London in a year or two and I could even end up buying another Ed’s franchise. I can’t think of anything I would rather do back in London.”

“However, I wouldn’t be a trailblazer in that respect. It has been done before. Lucy, another Ed’s business owner, moved out to Bali quite a few years ago and one of the first things she did when they moved back to the UK was to buy another Ed’s business. And why not!”

“I am still very much a part of Ed’s. The Ed’s team is great and they feel almost like family now. I know that I shall definitely miss being part of it all. Ed’s has been a big part of my life for such a long time.”

It is great to see James flying the Ed’s flag in South Korea in his Ed’s polo shirt! We wish James and his family all the very best with the next chapter. We can’t wait to hear how it all unfolds for him.