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Steve Welch Celebrates 40 Years in the Professional Lawn Care Sector

September 2018 marks a very important point in Steve’s career as he hits the big FOUR-ZERO for his years of contribution to the lawn care sector.

Steve Welch joined ServiceMaster almost 9 years ago to take care of our TruGreen franchise brand with his expertise in the wonderful world of lawn care. Steve brought with him a wealth of knowledge which he has passed on to our brand and our TruGreen business owners.

Having started his career in lawn care in 1978 at Leicester City Football Club, Steve spent 18 years there perfecting his craft and gained qualifications in lawn care and a degree in Business Management. Steve went on to share his expertise with Nottingham Forest Football club for several years and then spent 4 years working as the Grounds Manager at Wembley National Stadium.

Steve joined TruGreen Professional Lawn Care as the Brand Manager in 2009 and we have been fortunate enough to benefit from Steve’s experience and expertise ever since.

steve-tg-40-resizeHere are some of Steve’s highlights throughout his career

1992 – Youngest appointed Grounds Manager of Leicester City F.C.
1996- Appointed Grounds Manager of Nottingham Forest F.C.
2000 – Football League Groundsman of the Year
2001 – Football League Championship Groundsman of the Year
2002 – Professional football Groundsman of the Year. (Highest individual accolade in the UK)
2005 – Appointed Grounds Manager of Wembley Stadium
2006. – Construction and maintenance of the England World Cup training pitches in Germany
2007 – Opening of the New Wembley Stadium
2009 – Appointed TruGreen Professional Lawncare Brand Manager

It is essential for an individual to join a brand that has a brand leader who is motivated, experienced and has a wealth of expertise. Steve is always on hand to answer any questions, provide further information and offer guidance to those who need it in a range of scenarios.

Here’s what our franchise business owners think of Steve and the level of support offered by TruGreen Franchise

“Steve Welch is the USP which puts TG the number one choice for me.” – Karen Burdett, TruGreen Milton Keynes

“I chose TruGreen because I thought that they offered the best support around the technical aspects of lawncare and I have not been disappointed.” – Jonathan Bell, TruGreen Downlands

“The level of knowledge and expertise brand manager, Steve Welch has on lawn care is second to none.” – Martin Horton – TruGreen East Herfordshire & North Essex

“I needed to know I was investing in a company I could work with, after meeting with Steve and the team, I soon realised I would be confident in the service I was delivering with the TruGreen support team behind me.” – Mike Lethbridge, TruGreen Newbury & Basingstoke

Congratulations Steve, here’s to the next 40! 

So if you are looking to partner up with a world-renowned franchisor, work with a leadership team with a great deal of knowledge and expertise, why not give us a call on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

 

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NEW TruGreen business owner in Northumberland & Carlisle

A businessman from Cumbria made a switch from working as a full time Joiner to professional lawn care as he launches his own franchise business to serve customers across Northumberland and Carlisle.  

Aidan Potts has undergone significant training with us here at TruGreen Professional LawnCare and he is now the proud new owner of TruGreen Northumberland and Carlisle.

aidan-potts-resizeTruGreen has been servicing customers in Northumberland and Carlisle for many years and Aidan is keen to continue with this, whilst expanding throughout the region.

Aidan previously worked as a self-employed joiner and did everything from building work to plumbing. Aidan and the previous owner of TruGreen Northumberland and Carlisle, John Davy, have been good friends for many years, and when the opportunity arose for Aidan to take over, he jumped at the chance.


Aidan said;

“TruGreen was a breath of fresh air for me after working in the same industry for over 30 years. Late last year I decided this was the perfect new challenge. I’m looking forward to it!”

In his spare time, Aidan enjoys playing Golf and spending time with his family, Nicola and Rory. He also enjoys walking his two dogs, Lunar and Starr through the countryside. Both will no doubt be seen in the TruGreen van from time to time!

All new TruGreen franchise investors undertake intensive training at the ServiceMaster Franchise Support Centre under the tutelage of TruGreen brand operations manager and former Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch and the wider ServiceMaster franchise support team. As part of the training, Aidan achieved his City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1 and PA6), which allows him to provide a professional, accredited and safe service to customers.

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen added;

“Aidan’s history and experience will stand him in great stead to build a really successful business. He’s already used to being self-employed and working to deadlines etc.  We’re delighted he chose to invest in TruGreen Professional LawnCare and it’s fantastic to have another van on the road and hopefully many more vans to follow.”

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a TruGreen business owner, give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005 or email your enquiry to franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

100th Customer just four months in

TruGreen Gloucestershire is celebrating after reaching 100 customers just months after launching

TruGreen Gloucestershire is just four months into launching and has already reached the 100 customers milestone, far ahead of target.

 Owner, Mike Simmonds said:

“It is fantastic to have reached the milestone of 100 customers within four months of TruGreen launching across Gloucestershire.

We have worked with a variety of wonderful customers, from young professional families who want a lawn for the family to enjoy through to palatial estates who exhibit their gardens and are looking for expertise to help further improve their lawns.”

Mike hand delivered a bunch of flowers to his 100th customer, Patricia Adams from Tewksbury as a way of saying thank you.

Patricia commented:

 “I am delighted with the excellent service TruGreen is providing with the care of my lawns and what a lovely surprise the flowers were.

I am greatly relieved to have found TruGreen which offers a professional, knowledgeable, caring and friendly approach to both work and customer care.”

Mike hopes to continue growing and aims to double this number over the next 12-months. We have no doubts that Mike will be able to do this with our unlimited support, his professionalism, expertise and drive to succeed in business.

Our TruGreen network of business owners deliver a range of professional lawn care services to customers across the UK though tailored treatment programmes and one-off specialist treatments. Full training on the services that we offer is included as part of our two week training academy upon purchasing a TruGreen franchise.

If you’d like to find out more about franchising with TruGreen and how Mike has hit such a huge milestone so early on in his business venture, why not give us a call on 0116 275 9005 to speak to a member of the franchise sales team. 

 

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New Investor in Hereford & Worcester

TruGreen UK are proud to welcome the newest business owner in to the franchise network, Mark Symington of TruGreen Hereford & Worcester.

Having worked in the marketing and PR industry for the last 25 years, Mark understands the fundamentals of our sales and marketing franchise model. His experience will no doubt stand him in good stead when it comes to marketing his business to grow his customer base.
Mark has successfully completed our two-week training academy covering operations, sales, marketing, products, equipment and business management systems as part of his investment and will now be treating lawns within his territory.


mark-symingtonMark commented; 

I looked at other franchise options and TruGreen really stood out from the crowd in terms of service, products and support. It’s a recognisable brand that has thousands of happy customers across the UK and that speaks volume to me.

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen added;

Mark’s history and experience will stand him in great stead to build a really successful business. We’re delighted he chose to invest in TruGreen Professional LawnCare and it’s fantastic to have another van on the road and hopefully many more vans to follow.

Our TruGreen lawn care franchise opportunity is suited to those looking to escape the rigidity of a 9 – 5 job to spend time outdoors during flexible working hours. Building relationships with customers is a must, in order to provide a tailored lawn care programme to those with problematic lawns and a desire to have a perfect carpet of grass.

If you like the thought of becoming our next TruGreen business owner, contact us on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for a copy of our FREE prospectus

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“Go for it, there are lots of opportunities to learn & grow!”

Robert Grant of TruGreen South Lincolnshire took 5 minutes out of his busy lawn care schedule to chat to us about his TruGreen journey so far. 

Two years in to his TruGreen journey Robert is realising his dreams of become his own boss and running a successful lawn care business.

Robert bought one of our existing resale opportunities in his local area and secured a place on our TruGreen Training Academy. It was clear from first meeting Robert that he always had intentions of growing it rapidly over a short period of time and with our support, we knew it was achievable.

In the short period of just 20 months, Robert has grown the turnover of his business by 223% since he took over. He has been able to do this by taking advantage of our unlimited support, following our proven bfa model and marketing the services of his business through a variety of both online and offline marketing channels.

We are under no illusions that buying a business is a huge decision. Robert was able to take advantage of one of our resale opportunities that was for sale in his local area. With this he already had an established customer base and as with any TruGreen franchise, a place on our academy is secured and support is unlimited throughout the franchise agreement.

Buying a franchise is considered to be much lower risk than going it alone. This is mainly due to the fact that the business model is proven, the brand name is recognised and the support is on hand throughout.

Roberts advice is to:
“Go for it there are lots of good opportunities to learn and grow.”

He went on to say:
“Ive enjoyed having my own TruGreen franchise as it’s helped me not only further my lawncare skills but has allowed me to grow as a small business.”

We couldn’t agree more!

With available territory across the country, TruGreen is a genuine franchise opportunity not to be missed.

If you’d like further information on our franchise offering, give us a call on 0116 275 9005 or send an enquiry to our email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

 

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TruGreen North East joins the network!

A Longframlington businessman has made a switch from working in procurement in the housing sector to professional lawn care as he launches his own franchise business to serve customers across the North East. TG-North-East

Andrew Jack has undergone significant training with international franchise TruGreen Professional LawnCare, which is a franchise of one of the UK’s leading and largest multi-brand franchisors ServiceMaster, and he is the new owner of TruGreen North East.

With over 18 years’ experience working in the housing sector, heading up the procurement and purchasing department, Andrew made the move into lawn care for an exciting challenge. He said: “For 18 years now, I’ve worked behind a desk and in the housing sector. Late last year I decided it was time for a change and tried to incorporate my hobbies and business into one. That’s when TruGreen first became a possibility for me, and I haven’t looked back since!”

“I enjoy being outdoors; I love gardening and playing golf, so to me the opportunities with TruGreen was a no brainer. I wanted to invest in a franchise that not only offered me opportunities but also had the support network of marketing behind it – and TruGreen ticks all those boxes.” Added Andrew

“From the experience I’ve gained in previous roles, I understand the importance of meeting customers’ needs and requirements and ensuring there’s always a solution that meets these requirements. I want to offer nothing but a high-quality service and ensure the customer feels they are getting value for money.”

When asked what motivates him and spurred him to invest into Trugreen, Andrew replied: “I enjoy variety and engaging with people, building a rapport and understanding customers. I don’t want to be doing the same job daily, and TruGreen offers variety for me. As the business grows, I’d be looking at taking on local people to help build the business, but for now it’s just me and I’m looking forward to getting going!”

All new TruGreen franchise investors undertake intensive training at the ServiceMaster Franchise Support Centre under the tutelage of TruGreen brand operations manager and former Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch and the wider ServiceMaster franchise support team. As part of the training, Andrew achieved his City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides (PA1 and PA6), which allows him to provide a professional, accredited and safe service to customers.

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen added: “Andrew’s history and experience will stand him in great stead to build a really successful business. We’re delighted he chose to invest in TruGreen Professional LawnCare and it’s fantastic to have another van on the road and hopefully many more vans to follow.”

ServiceMaster has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and Rosemary Bookkeeping.  TruGreen has been recognised as a leading franchise opportunity in the Elite Franchise Top 100 franchises in the United Kingdom.

Two new franchisees join TruGreen