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 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!”

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.”

 

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?!”

 

Is everything in the garden still rosy for Dave?

Dave Laing - Ed's Business Owner Andover

Dave Laing joined Ed’s Garden Services in the Spring of 2017 to run his Ed’s business in Andover.

On paper, it certainly looks like Dave is doing well. However, at Ed’s we always believe that financial performance is only one measure of success. What’s equally, if not more, important is how happy you are running your business.

It’s easy to be really enthusiastic and enjoy your new lifestyle when you set out.  However, the real test is if your satisfaction stands the test of time.

So, one year in, we asked Dave whether being an Ed’s Operator has lived up to his longer-term expectations?

The short answer?

“Well, the short answer is that I’m still thoroughly enjoying running my Ed’s business. Although my wife is thrilled that I am now doing something I love, I think she secretly hoped that the novelty would wear off just a little bit. I still enthuse about it rather a lot. However, with a year under my belt, I am getting better at knowing when to change the subject!”

Can you elaborate?

Balancing the risks

“I think what has made it really enjoyable for me is that I’ve been able to get all the positives of running my own business whilst minimising the negatives. Before I looked at the Ed’s franchise route, I had loads of enthusiasm to run my own business. Yet I also had a real fear of failure and being out there on my own. ”

Balancing my life

“I was also worried that I’d get totally sucked into my business and lose perspective. There was a fear of ending up working long days and then coming home in the evening to tackle piles of admin.  I was concerned that I’d never get any lifestyle benefits as I would find it all too stressful. That hasn’t been the case at all.”

Support, support and more support

“I’ve always got exactly the right level of support from The Ed’s team. They are so good at providing support in any functional area, or even just moral support, whenever you need it. The early days in a business are always challenging but you really are guided along your learning curve. I’ve always got as much reassurance as I’ve needed. The office team is very experienced and professional but in a low-key way.  You always feel that things are always under control. They have helped Operators build up strong businesses many times over but they never lose enthusiasm and are never disparaging about your doubts. ”

Zapping the admin

“The slick but simple bespoke systems Ed’s provides you with means that you can keep all your admin to the absolute minimum. This is a significant thing for me because (a) I don’t like admin and (b) computers aren’t really my thing either (c) I’d much rather be sitting in my own garden after a long, hot day rather than dealing with either admin or computers!”

Value for money

“Even now, when the days of insecurities seem a long way off, I still feel that I get really good value from being part of Ed’s. The strength of the brand, the marketing and the amazing systems justify the investment alone. That’s without even taking into account all the ongoing support you get.”

A healthy business

“I am now in a position where I have got a strong bank of 35 regular customers.  It’s a real pleasure to work with them.  It’s also easy to arrange things so I have the option of taking on interesting new or one-off jobs when I want to.”

“I feel that already I am already in refinement mode with my business. I am now doing all the extra little things to add value to the bottom line. For someone who didn’t know very much about gardening or running a business to get to where I am today in just over a year is nothing short of amazing!”

A healthy new me

“My figures are looking good. And speaking of figures, the icing on the cake is that I look and feel fitter than I’ve done for years.  I’ve lost more than a stone with my new healthy lifestyle and I’ve got a pretty good suntan at the moment too!”

Still the thrill

“Last but not least , I still get a HUGE kick from delivering a fantastic set of lawn stripes!”

So, all in all, yes, life in the garden is most definitely still rosy for me.”

Marcus reflects…

…on his first month with Ed’s

Marcus Phillips joined Ed’s just over a month ago to run his business in Streatham, South London. Here he reflects on his first month and tells us how it has all gone …

How did you feel on Day One?

“ I absolutely knew I’d made the right decision to join Ed’s when I committed to join. As I’ve gotten a bit longer in the tooth, I know my judgement has improved a lot. As soon as I spoke with Ed and his team, I knew they were really professional and good at what they did. That reinforced the all-important quality aspect of Ed’s for me. I then took my time and looked at the detail. I also  sounded out established Ed’s Operators on the nitty gritty of it all before making up my mind. It was a good feeling to start out without any doubts about whether I had done the right thing”

And when you got started?

“That said, I still felt that I had a lot to prove to myself. Yes, the business model worked but I needed to make it work for me, with a lot of help of course! I was immediately encouraged by just how much help and support there was for me in Ed’s.  There was  even more than I had anticipated. I’ve been so impressed by Ed and his team’s passion and drive to help me to be successful and to achieve my early goals. It really is turbo-charged support!“

How are you feeling now?

“It’s still early days for me as I’m only a month in. However,  already I feel that everything is really starting to come together. I love the gardening, as I knew I would. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are singing and I’m my own boss – what could be better! The work is starting to flood in now and I’m feeling more confident in my abilities. I’ve already acquired a number of regular customers and it’s all very exciting. I can actually see my business taking serious shape right before my eyes. I’ve still got a long way to go on my journey but Ed’s is definitely the right path for me.”

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.

Work-life balance is real at Ed’s

Work-life balance is very important to us at Ed’s. In our view, it’s a key measure of a successful life.

Generally, when someone thinks about setting up their own business, the matter of work-life balance often springs to mind. People love the idea of the freedom of running their own business.  However, they are often cautious about getting in over their heads (like Paul, our Garden Operator in Bristol, almost did in the photo above).

The truth is that, at Ed’s,we find that the reverse seems to be true. Once our Garden Operators get their businesses up and running, they seem to get a real sense of reclaiming their lives as well.

We get strong feedback from our Garden Operators that, with Ed’s, they have strong feelings of empowerment and freedom.  This sits alongside security in the knowledge that, as long as they adhere to the business model, the financial results will follow through. Although they work hard, they have more free time than they would have anticipated.  This is underpinned by Ed’s office support and our continuing mission to make their business administration as low-maintenance as possible. The upshot of all this is that Garden Operators can run their own successful franchise businesses and still have a rewarding life beyond their business.

Too good to be true? Well, here’s a snapshot of what some of our Garden Operators have been up to over the past twelve months. Over and above running their own successful businesses of course.

Weddings

Wedding bells have certainly been chiming in Ed’s world. Paul, who runs his Ed’s business in Swindon, got married in December last year. Keeping the theme in the family, his son also got married abroad in the summer of this year.  Paul and his new wife were able to fly out to Santorini for the wedding…and stay on for a great holiday.

Nick, our Garden Operator in Sevenoaks, is about to get married any time soon ( and has already had several excellent stag parties, we are reliably told!)

Finally on the wedding theme, James, our Ed’s North London Garden Operator, recently got engaged.  James proposed towards the end of 2016 while on holiday with his girlfriend in South East Asia. They got married in the Kent countryside in September.

Children

On another celebratory note, Paul, our Garden Operator in Bristol, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of baby number two.  With impeccable timing, this little star is due to arrive on Christmas Eve. Paul already has a soon to be three-year-old son.

Paul says, “ In my time with Ed’s, my whole life has transformed. It’s great to know I have the financial security to tackle the expensive business of having children. Luckily I have a flourishing business to support my flourishing family! I consider myself very lucky to have the work-life balance that I have. I have financial security and the freedom to manage my own diary. Although I work hard, I don’t have to miss out on important family events.”

Furry(ish) Children

Stuart, who runs his Ed’s business in rural Norfolk, also had a new addition this year.  He acquired Monty, a rather dashing Hungarian Vizsla puppy. Monty has established himself as Stuart’s new apprentice, although he decides which days he works depending on the weather! Stuart says “ Monty already has some very good interpersonal skills and, when he decides to grace us with his presence, he charms all of our customers. It’s a bit unfair really because I am the reliable, conscientious one who does most of the work but Monty always seems to win the popularity vote!”

Anniversaries

Clive, our Garden Operator in Hampton, recently celebrated his ten-year anniversary with Ed’s. Not one for a lot of fuss, when asked how he’d like to celebrate, Clive opted for a pub night out with Ed. Rumour has it that this went on into the small hours.  Nevertheless, ever the professionals, they were both on the job, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, the following morning.

A move to the seaside

Other life changes have been afoot within Ed’s. John, who previously ran his Ed’s business in Norfolk, decided, with his wife, that a move to the seaside was in order. Consequently, John has recently relocated his business to Christchurch, Dorset.  John says, “We’ve always loved that area and I know that you can make an Ed’s business work anywhere, so why not live exactly where we want to.”

Hobbies

On a sporting achievement theme, Steve, who runs his Ed’s business in Hersham, recently won a prestigious award for his commitment to his local cricket club. Steve does many things for the club, from coaching juniors, to being groundsman (a good fit!) and even running the bar.

Steve was recently presented with  his OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award) at a glitzy event at the Oval.  He beat stiff competition to be the overall winner for the whole of the cricket-loving county of Surrey. Steve says “My business is very important to me but I also love my cricket. I find it really rewarding in a different way. I am so lucky that I can have both in my life. In my previous job, I would never have had the flexibility to invest so much of my time in my cricket.”

Holidays (and more holidays!)

Moving on to the important area of holidays, believe us, there have been lots over the past year. However,let’s focus on one very special one. Mark, our Garden Operator in Bournemouth, had a great summer business-wise but still found the time to take a three-week holiday of a lifetime with his wife. It started with a trip to Vancouver before they set off on an amazing Alaskan cruise.

Mark says “ When I told friends I was taking three weeks off, they were incredulous. How on earth could I do that – as a gardener, running my own business AND over the summer!! The truth is that it was all quite straightforward. I planned my workload in advance and, with effective backup from a fellow Operator and the Ed’s Office, everything was under control. In fact, if you look at my financials, the impact was minimal. On the other hand, the memories, we’ll have forever.”

Finally, and very sadly, one of our team – who will remain anonymous – is having to miss our Christmas party this year because he is going to be on holiday on the Caribbean island of Antigua. And it’s his 8th week of holiday this year!

So there you have it – the proof is in the pudding,  as they say.

Ed’s Garden Operators do get a lot of fulfillment out of running their businesses but it certainly doesn’t have to be all work and no play. There’s a lot more to being happy than just work.  At Ed’s we firmly believe that people run better businesses when they feel that their life is in balance.

Grow yourself a better life with Ed’s.