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Gardener Reviews – Five Stars all the way

Gardener Reviews – How are we measuring up?


We most certainly know that Gardener Reviews are extremely important. There is no doubt that great reviews really help our new gardening businesses to fly. Great reviews are gold dust in marketing and particularly for search engine optimisation. Consequently, we tend to take them very seriously indeed. However, we take our customers even more seriously. Fantastic customer service is at the very heart of Ed’s, most certainly at the very core of our quality brand.

And so, as part of our new franchisee support programme, the Ed’s Office team conducts customer surveys on behalf of our franchisees. This provides excellent feedback on how well they are doing as they establish their businesses. Consequently, we find harvesting reviews on their behalf a really positive exercise. It grows our franchisees’ confidence and grows their businesses. A win-win however you look at it.

Certainly, we put a lot of effort into attracting great franchisees to Ed’s. Our franchisees are our ambassadors, day in, day out. If you don’t have great franchisees, you don’t have a great franchise business. It really is as simple as that. We go to great lengths to choose people who can really understand the importance of fantastic customer service. And do great reviews follow? Well, yes they do, the proof tends to be in the pudding!

Gardener Reviews – Our Newest Superstars

We are delighted to report that, having undertaken the exercise for our four most recent franchisees, they have all received a clean sweep of five star reviews. An excellent start to their Ed’s journey. We can’t say that we are surprised as they have all been consulate professionals right from start. However, we are still absolutely thrilled for them.

Here are some examples of the reviews they have recently received…

Andrew Selwyn, Ed’s business owner, Chertsey
“Really friendly, quick and efficient. Good quality service. Happy to recommend.”

Chris King, Ed’s business owner, Norwich (South)
“Chris is an excellent professional. Truly generous, knowledgable and skilful.”

Andy Foster, Ed’s business owner, Milton Keynes (North West)
“We were delighted with the work Andy did in the front garden. A total transformation. We would highly recommend him.”

Jack Bayford, Ed’s business owner, Hitchin
“Reliable, knowledgable, charming and efficient. Would definitely recommend.”

And what about our established business owners?

Let’s not forget the strength of our established business owners though. Here at Ed’s customer service runs right through the business. We also carry out customer review exercises for our established business owners. And what does this tell us? Well, it’s definitely not a case of enthusiasm waning and reviews getting less impressive. Quite the contrary in fact!

David Ross has been with Ed’s for three years now and is running an excellent gardening business. We recently ran a customer review exercise for David and, of course, all of his reviews were five stars (we would expect nothing less from David!).

Here are some examples of what his loyal customers had to say about David…

David Ross, Ed’s business owner, Tunbridge Wells


“Trustworthy, reliable, hardworking. A pleasure to be around.”

“Nothing is too much trouble. David couldn’t be more helpful. Exceptionally hard worker.”

“Ultra-reliable, efficient, tidy. Always smiling, even on a rainy day.”

Gardener Reviews – The Upshot

In conclusion, success most definitely grows more success. We are delighted that our very newest franchisees are already flying with their customer service. And we are also thrilled that our established business owners keep that customer service focus and go from strength to strength on it. There is no doubt whatsoever that this translates into strong profitability and locking value into our Ed’s gardening businesses.

What more is there to say other than “Please do keep up the good work, Guys – you are doing brilliantly and we are proud to have you as part of our great team.”

Here at Ed’s, we put huge amounts of effort into selecting the very best franchisees for our business. This extremely impressive level of customer service is a real endorsement that all our effort pays dividends.



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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.



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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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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.

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Gardening Business to go!

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.

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Gardening Business in Ramsgate

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!”

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Gardening Business in Andover

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!”

 

 

 

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Gardening business 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.”

 

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Smashing September

The Ed’s Operators are making the most of the excellent September weather and their diaries are full of varied jobs.

The extreme summer heat has taken its toll on gardens and there is a lot of work going on restoring gardens to their glory. Once again,  we are seeing green lawns and mowing is in full swing.

In July, we posted regarding how things were going for Dave our Ed’s Operator in Andover.  We asked him how things are going now it’s September. This is what he had to say :-

“ High Summer felt quite different business-wise this year, with the extreme heat and its impact on mowing. However, with the way the Ed’s business model works, I found it really easy to cross-sell other services and my figures were on track even when the thermometer was hitting 34 degrees. “

“What it’s meant though is that much of the ‘normal’ summer demand is kicking in now. There is a lot of mowing going on at the moment  . September is usually  a fairly busy month but this year has been amazing.”

“I’m not complaining about lots of mowing though. It’s great to see lawns looking green and lustrous again. And I enjoy nothing more than creating some mean stripes!” (Just a reminder of what Dave’s stripes look like…)

“It’s not just lawns though. I’m really busy with lots of varied jobs at the moment. With all the sunshine, punctuated by some showers, everything is growing like crazy at the moment!”

“Here’s a hedge I recently did too. I tried my best not to disturb its inhabitants too much!”

“I enjoy being an Ed’s Operator all year round but this is an especially fun time of year. The weather is lovely but not too hot and the late summer growth spurt gives us a lot of opportunity to make gardens look great again. I love seeing them transform before my eyes. It’s very much looking like the current activity levels will continue through to October too. I’m just hoping I manage to get my diary clear for Christmas!  To be honest, I’m only half joking. Last year some of our Operators were working right up until Christmas Eve. Seasonality – what’s that?!”