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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.

Ed’s welcomes Marcus

We are delighted to welcome Marcus Phillips to our ever-growing team of Ed’s Operators.

Marcus has just joined us to run his own Ed’s business in Streatham, South West London.  He  brings many skills that are transferable to running an Ed’s business as well as lots of enthusiasm. We are sure that Marcus will fully embrace the Ed’s business opportunity.

We asked Marcus to tell us a bit about  his decision to join Ed’s:-

The background…

”I previously worked for fourteen years in the management of a 27 acre family-owned estate in London.  In this environment, I was able to do an interesting job within  a beautiful natural environment. Redundancy led me to seek an opportunity where I could be challenged professionally but also keep the outdoorsy context that I love.  I was attracted by the challenge and freedom of  running my own business and I also  knew that a good franchise framework could help me to have a scale of business to generate decent earnings. ”

The decision-making process…

“ When I came across Ed’s, I knew immediately that the fit was good.  The gardening aspect was hugely appealing. It was also clear that Ed’s has a very strong brand presence that  I knew would serve me well.  I could also see that the Ed’s franchise offering is the best in class. 

The Ed’s Team…

 As I had more dealings with Ed and his Office team,  it was clear that there is a lot of experience and professionalism underpinning their success story.  I found Ed himself very inspiring, with clear strategic vision and a lot of focus.  He is very ambitious to keep taking Ed’s to the next level of success.  I was also struck by how friendly and approachable everyone was, from Ed himself and the Office team to the Operators I met. No question was considered too silly.  I felt at ease to take my time and find out everything I needed to know to make the right decision for me.

My instincts told me from early on in the process that Ed’s was right for me. However,   I followed the discovery process to the letter to make sure that all the facts backed up my instincts.  I made my decision having done my due diligence!”

The future…

“I’m  in the process of doing my training so I can be up and running in the next few weeks.  I know I am starting my business at a great time of year, just as spring is starting to spring forward.  I’m getting myself in pole position to keep pace with it!”

We wish Marcus all the very best with his new Ed’s business.

Ed’s Garden Services welcomes Graeme to the team

We are delighted to welcome Graeme to our growing team of Ed’s Operators…

Graeme has recently moved with his family to the UK from Zimbabwe to invest in an  Ed’s business in Worcester Park, Surrey.   Anita, our Ed’s Operator in Wimbledon is co-investing in this well-established business, which our Ed’s Operator, Tim, has built up over a period of almost ten years. However, Graeme will be at the helm, running the garden services business on a day-to-day basis. We have been very impressed by Graeme.  We feel that he certainly has the right qualities to be a successful Ed’s Operator.

 

Here is what Graeme has to say about his decision to join Ed’s:-

The background…

”I have spent all of my career to date in the transport sector in Zimbabwe. We have had plans to move to the UK for some time. However,  I have been waiting for the the right business venture to come along in order to make that move.”

Taking the plunge with Ed’s…

“I have known Anita for many years and found out about Ed’s through her. It was clear to me that she had developed quite a scale of a garden services business. She also clearly really enjoys what she does.   When the chance to buy Tim’s business arose, I had no doubt  that it was the right move to make.”

“It was clearly a very good business to invest in, within a respected and well-established garden services franchise business.  It also fitted perfectly with my aspirations for a healthy, outdoorsy job.  I am used to wide-open spaces in Zimbabwe. I couldn’t  stand the thought of a job where I was cooped up in an office all day.”

“I’ve had lots of support through the buying process from Anita, Tim and Ed’s of course.  I feel very well supported and I have found the buying process  a lot less scary than one would imagine”.

The future…

“I am very excited about taking this venture forward. The business is already strong and I love the challenge of taking it to the next level of success. We’ve only just signed the deal but I’m really looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting on with running it.  I love the fact that I will have a healthy, outdoors lifestyle. It is a  big bonus.  I may miss that African sunshine for a while though!“

We wish Graeme all the very best with his new venture.