Mental Wellbeing during Social Distancing & Self Isolation

With many of us perhaps feeling concerned, stressed or panicked by the current situation, we’ve put together a few ways of looking after your mental-wellbeing during these challenging times. The below is not medical advice but aimed to help a little as you face life’s current worries.  

Connect with people  

If you are in self-isolation, you may start to feel just that, isolated. What better opportunity than now to re-connect with old friends, keep in touch with family and check in with your nearest and dearest. Video calls are a great way to stay connected but why not brighten someone’s day by sending them a hand-written letter? Also, a lovely thing for your children to do as part of their home schooling.   

Help Others and Offer Support 

Being there to help others can be a mood boost for both parties. Local support groups can offer suggestions as to how you can help your local community. Maybe a phone call to an elderly resident is needed or perhaps you’re able to pick up medication for someone who is self-isolating. Little actions can go a long way.  

On a larger scale, the NHS has implemented a campaign for “NHS Volunteer Responders.” This is “a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) are able to stay safe and well at home.” You can see if you are eligible to help via the following website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/ 

Relaxation techniques 

Colouring In – Not just for kids! Adult colouring in has taken off in a big way in the last few years. It’s a great way to practice Mindfulness and switch off from the world around. You can print out designs to colour in at homehttps://www.justcolor.net/ or even colour in digitally on your computer or phone. https://colormandala.com/ 

Yoga / Meditation – you can join in live via various online classes or YouTube have tonnes of instructional videos for everyone, from beginner to pro.  

Reading – why not take a moment to switch off and escape the world around you. Reading is great for focussing the mind and also a great way to begin an effective sleep routine.  

Sleep Routine 

Maintaining a good sleep routine is always important but with many now having a less structured day, perhaps it’s time to focus on this. It’s easy to fall into the trap of staying up a little later and snoozing the alarm clock a few more times when your daily routine is not so rigid.  

If you’re having trouble sleeping, the NHS website offers some top tips: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/ 

With daylight hours increasing this Sunday, 29th Marchnow is the ideal opportunity to set a new sleeping pattern for the Summer months.  

Exercise 

Current NHS advice permits “one form of outdoor exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.” It is also important to remember to maintain a 2 metre distance from others when outside. So, how does exercise boost your mood? Physical activity causes the brain to release endorphins. These are chemicals which, in simple terms, cause you to feel happier and improve feelings of well-being.  

If you are unable to go out at the moment, why not participate in an online exercise class. From circuit training to ballet, there is something for everyone! 

Remember to take into account your own fitness levels and health/medical conditions before embarking on an exercise regime. 

Content is based on the Government’s health guidance and Covid-19 measures at the time of writing. Please refer to the government website ensure that this information is current.  

If you have concerns regarding your mental health and well-being, further information, help and support can be found by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Keeping Positive

In these unprecedented times, you, like many others around the world may be feeling a little low in spirits. Things may seem a little gloomy but there are rays of positivity shining through.  

We’ve put together a little blog on some of the lovely things which we’ve seen in the last few days in the hope of sharing a little happiness.  

Rainbows Pictures Springing up in Windows 

The trend started online, following the closure of UK schools on Friday 20th March.  

With the view of “spreading hope” the rainbows also provide a lovely bit of positivity for when you are out and about during your daily exercise. If you’re out for a walk / run / cycle, see how many are around in your area.  

Balcony Singing, Italy

You’ve more than likely seen some of the balcony singing taking place throughout Italy recently.  

Here’s one of the best video’s we’ve seen of music bringing people together, boosting morale and staying positive.  

 

Connecting More  

Many of us are downloading the “House Party” app. It’s essentially a video call app with function for multiple participants. It’s less formal than other video calling platforms such as Microsoft Teams and really simple to use. This app is really useful in ensuring that we still remain connected, even with social distancing measures firmly in place.

Support for our NHS workers 

On Thursday 26th March, Lincoln Cathedral will glow blue as a mark of support to our amazing NHS workers: 

This will be followed by the Nationwide “Clap for our Carers” campaign at 8pmWhereby, people across the UK can clap from their gardens, front doors and balconies to show their support and give thanks to doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff, working tirelessly to help those affected by the coronavirus. 

Supermarkets are already showing their gratitude to NHS workers such as in this clip from Tesco in Swansea, where staff applauded and gave flowers during designated NHS staff shopping hour. 

 

And finally, a brilliant video of staff at Basildon NHS keeping themselves motivated in these challenging times… 

 

We’ll keep you posted on our social channels of more positivity and other useful pieces of information throughout the current situation! Follow TruGreen on Facebook and Twitter.

How to stay motivated working from home

Our TruGreen franchise opportunity initially means the business owner can work from the home office in between lawn care treatments in the early days to save on premises costs, so following these tips can help if you are not used to it!

Tip #1 – Create An Office

You may be tempted to sit on the sofa or lie in bed whilst working from home, this is a mistake as it will demotivate you.

Dedicate a room specifically as your office, away from any distractions, like Television or other family members/housemates.

Make sure your office is tidy and try and keep it as similar to your work desk as you can, this way you’ll get into your work mindset.

Tip #2 – Wake Up On Time

You may be tempted to lie in if you’re working from home, thinking;

“It’s alright, the boss will never know”.

Don’t be tempted! Wake up at the normal time you would if you were going to work, have your breakfast and morning coffee as you normal and start work at the time you usually do.

This will create in your mind the normal workday ethic and you’ll become used to it in no time at all.

Tip #3 – Stay On Schedule

Try not to change your normal working schedule and keep it as similar as you can.

If you have an online calendar, create personal events and reminders that tell you when to shift gears and start on new tasks.

Check your emails at the same times you would if you were at work and add in new tasks where you can.

Tip #4 – Stay Off Social Media

We’re always tempted with our personal mobiles when we’re at home, but you wouldn’t be allowed them at work, so why should you be using them when working from home?

A quick tip to help stay off social media is to log out of every account.

You might even consider working primarily in a private or if using Chrome, an “Incognito” browser window.

This is all of course if don’t work with social media on a work-related basis, and then you really don’t want to avoid going on it!

Tip #5 – Stay Connected

You need to make sure you stay connected to your team and other teams within your business.

Instant messaging and video conferencing tools can make it easy to check in with co-workers and remind you how your work is contributing to the big picture.

Here are few instant messaging and video conferencing tools you can use:

  • Microsoft Teams– If your business uses Office 365, Microsoft Teams has instant messaging and video conferencing options to keep you connected
  • WhatsApp– Of course WhatsApp is in the list, it’s the most popular instant messaging tool in the world and can easily keep you connected to your teams
  • Slack– A great collaboration tool that can keep your team on track to completing tasks, also has an instant messaging section to help stay connected
  • Zoom– A video conferencing tool to keep you connected, the free version limits meetings for over 3 people to 40 minutes at a time
  • Skype – Another well-known platform that can be used for video conferencing and instant messaging

For further information regarding our franchise opportunities from home, speak to a member of the TruGreen Franchise Sales Team on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Homeschooling from a Full Time Working Mum… How to Survive!

If like Vicky,  homeschooling wasn’t something that you had planned for, the below blog may be of use to you whilst you are trying to build your business and ensure your child/children gets the educational support that they need. 

Written by Victoria Tayler, Commercial Marketing Manager and Full Time Mum 

My name is Vicky, I am the Commercial Marketing Manager at ServiceMaster (of which TruGreen is part of). I have two children, one of Primary School age and one in Secondary School, my challenge is to keep them entertained and somewhat educated while I work full time, from home (mostly) 

Keep To A School Day Routine  

To keep disruption to a minimum and help keep the kids focussed on their schoolwork, try sticking to a school day routine as much as you can. 

We are starting school at 9am each school day, and Ive found a fantastic YouTube channel ‘The Body Coach’ who are streaming live PE videos each school day. Take a look here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ 

What better way to keep the kids active and get them ready for learning? If you want to know why exercising in the morning is so beneficial, this is a useful read: https://www.myactivesg.com/read/2018/2/6-reasons-why-morning-exercise-is-important-for-your-health 

Scheduling The Kids Day 

Most schools have provided a good number of online resources, so why not structure your learning day/week into a school timetable. Evidence shows that children do best when they can follow a routine, this will also make it easier for you to keep on top of things.  

  MONDAY  TUESDAY  WEDNESDAY  THURSDAY 
09.00 – 09.30  PE  PE  PE  PE 
09.30 – 10.15  MATHS  MATHS  MATHS  MATHS 
10.15 – 10.30  BREAK  BREAK  BREAK  BREAK 
10.30 – 11.45  ENGLISH  ENGLISH  ENGLISH  ENGLISH 
11.45 –  13.00  ART/CRAFT  ART/CRAFT  ART/CRAFT  ART/CRAFT 

 

Shhhh… I’m thinking of doing the Science bit at the weekend so I can have some fun too! 

Don’t forget, it’s also important to allow time for the kids to have fun and to entertain themselves, all work and no play is going to make this a long journey and well, we’ve got work to do too. 

If you are looking for more inspiration from an education point of view, below are some other links to a wide range of websites with homeschooling ideas. 

https://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/home-school-ideas.html 

https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/education-1071/home-education-873/653184-ideas-homeschooling.html 

https://www.edplace.com/blog/homeschooling/lesson-planning-and-ideas-home-education-days-across-the-uk 

https://www.homeschool-activities.com/ 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/home-education-step-by-step

Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained 

Are you looking for ways to entertain the kids that isn’t YouTube or computer games? 

Make the most of your garden or outside space, we all need some fresh air and sunshine, yes, it is out as I sit here writing this, stuck in the office and looking out of the window. As we all need a bit of a break from work and learning, I thought I’d also share a range of websites with ideas for fun things to do, so here you are: 

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1389/diy-kids-activities/  

https://www.toucanbox.com/activities/fun-things-to-do-at-home-with-your-kids 

https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/best-indoor-kid-crafts-activities.html 

https://www.verywellfamily.com/absolutely-free-activities-for-kids-2997490 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/gardening_with_children/ 

https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/gardening-children-schools/family-activities/Activities 

YouTube Channels: 

  • Crash Course Kids 
  • Science Channel 
  • SciShow Kids 
  • National  Geographic Kids 
  • Free School 
  • Geography Focus 
  • TheBrainScoop 
  • SciShow 
  • Kids Learning Tube 
  • Geeek Gurl Diaries 
  • Mike Likes Science 
  • Science Max 
  • SoulPancake 

 This isn’t going to be easy by any means, I’ve already needed to remind my kids that this isn’t a holiday but hopefully this will help keep you sane that little bit longer and at least give you some ideas to help you through it.  

My Own Personal Favourites;  

  • Home economics – Teach them how to make a cup of tea, for me of course, as I’m busy working! 
  • Science – How washing up liquid removes grease from the saucepan and other cooking utensils 
  • Mechanical Engineering – How to operate a hoover, the kids always think it’s a hard job! 

Written by Victoria Tayler, Commercial Marketing Manager and Full Time Mum 

National Franchise Exhibition 2020

National Franchise Exhibition 13th and 14th March 2020

TruGreen are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th March 2020

Here at TruGreen we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our franchise opportunities. We strongly believe that the franchise exhibitions in which we attend, allow us to reach more people across the country, widening both theirs and our horizons.

It promises to be a fantastic couple of days and not just for those considering buying a franchise but for existing business owners too. Over 40 sessions will take place over Friday and Saturday so even the most experienced franchisees should be able to leave the event with new insights. There will be informative sessions such as the “Growing Your Own Business” seminar featuring interactive workshops on topics such as PR, marketing techniques and sales skills. If you are attending, please visit us to say hello.

Attending the Franchise Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to not only meet us, but to meet other franchisors too. Research is key in the early days of a new business journey and is much easier if you can do much of it all in one go!

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to apply for a FREE ticket. You can do so [HERE].

You can also book an exclusive 1-2-1 slot to chat with our franchise recruitment team and brand managers

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 13th or Saturday 14th October.

We’re on stand C70

The National Franchise Exhibition 2020
Hall 7
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
13th & 14th March 2020

We hope to see you there!

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TruGreen – Top 100 Elite Franchise 2020

We are super proud to announce that TruGreen are part of the Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises for 2020

Elite Franchise Top 100 is all about celebrating superlative businesses across the UK.

It recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation. Ranking applicants from 100 to one, the guide defines the best opportunities in the UK, whether they’re a flourishing franchise at the top of their game or a budding business making its first inroads into the industry.

Be inspired, be in awe and be aware that the brands that make it to the Elite Franchise 100 are simply the best.

 

TruGreen featured in 83rd place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (25), Merry Maids (63), Rosemary Bookkeeping (84), ServiceMaster Restore (74) and Furniture Medic (97).

 

TruGreen Brand Manager, Steve Welch commented:


As one of the ServiceMaster Brands, TruGreen Professional Lawncare prides itself in operating a highly effective model, with unrivalled support, and we are pleased that our efforts are once again recognised with our inclusion in the Elite franchise 100.”

National Franchise Exhibition

National Franchise Exhibition 4th and 5th October

TruGreen are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2019

Here at TruGreen we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our franchise opportunities. We strongly believe that the franchise exhibitions in which we attend, allow us to reach more people across the country, widening both theirs and our horizons.

It promises to be a fantastic couple of days and not just for those considering buying a franchise but for existing business owners too. Over 60 sessions will take place over Friday and Saturday so even the most experienced franchisees should be able to leave the event with new insights. There will be informative sessions such as the “Growing Your Own Business Conference” featuring interactive workshops on topics such as PR, marketing techniques and sales skills. If you are attending, please visit us to say hello.

Attending the Franchise Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to not only meet us, but to meet other franchisors too. Research is key in the early days of a new business journey and is much easier if you can do much of it all in one go!

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to apply for a FREE ticket. You can do so [HERE].

You can also book an exclusive 1-2-1 slot to chat with our franchise recruitment team and brand managers

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 4th or Saturday 5th October.

We’re on stand M100

The National Franchise Exhibition 2019
Hall 3
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
4th & 5th October 2019

We hope to see you there!

 

Established Lawn Care Franchise in East Herts & North Essex For Sale

Asking Price: £40,000

Gross Turnover £49k+ 

Gross Profit £34k

We have an established lawn care business for sale in East Herts/North Essex.

Overview of Business

This business was established in February 2015. This is a Lawncare franchise which is owned and operated under licence from the Franchisor ServiceMaster Limited, under the brand name of TruGreen Professional Lawncare.

The business delivers the following professional lawn care treatments: Fertiliser applications moss and weed control, pest and disease control, plus mechanical treatments of aeration and scarification. Other services can be offered and a full inventory of additional services will be provided by the franchisor.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 230 regular residential customers. These customers are on yearly agreements, with a programme of 4-5 treatments per annum. There has been year on year marketing completed in the area, providing an opportunity for any potential purchaser to develop the business through further marketing opportunities.

Employees

This business is presently a 0ne man/one van operation and does currently have one employee as part of the business.

Facilities, Property & Location

This business is run from home with a single garage used for stock and machinery. The Business can be relocated anywhere within the franchised territories.

The franchised territory covers the below area defined by the maps.

Reason for Sale 

This is a well-run and operated business, where both number of customers and turnover have increased consistently year on year since inception.

The sole reason for the present franchisee looking for a sale is that he and his family are looking to relocate to France to assist their daughter in the running of her business there.

Sale to include:

The machinery and equipment that is included in this sale are;

  • Scarifier, Aerator, various spraying equipment and fertiliser spreaders
  • The transfer of the franchise licence, a new 5‐year term will be granted. At the end of the term, it is renewable at no cost (subject to the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement)
  • Transfer of customer database
  • Bespoke Software package (BMS)
  • Two‐week training before commencement of trading provided by the Franchisor covering all aspects of running the business
  • Use of the brand name and insignia of TruGreen (subject to terms and conditions)
  • On‐going support, help and advice from the Brand Manager
  • Access to training courses provided by ServiceMaster Limited
  • Marketing support and assistance from ServiceMaster Limited
  • Access to Operations manual, marketing material, H&S information and documentation
  • Access to online shop for bespoke products, equipment and uniforms
  • Access to an Employers helpline
  • Web page on www.trugreen.co.uk
  • Benefits of cross-selling and joint marketing programmes through the ServiceMaster Family of Brands
  • At present no van is included in this sale, but the selling franchisee is prepared to discuss this as a separate item which will incur an additional cost – £3,000

The lawn care industry is huge. With 26.4 million households in the UK and approximately 90% of them with gardens, coupled with the potential in the commercial lawn care market, it’s an industry very much worth being a part of. For further details on this sale, please download and complete the Non Disclosure Form and contact us on 0116 275 9005 or franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

TruGreen | Record Sales for Q1

What a scorcher of a month! While the Met Office confirmed the hottest Easter Monday on record across all 4 nations of the UK, TruGreen was breaking records of its own.

Figures showed a fantastic 29% rise on previous year revenue for the first business quarter and the positive outlook is set to continue throughout 2019. In focussing on marketing, sales and quality customer service, our franchisees have been able to realise fantastic levels of growth.

Steve Welch, Brand Operations Manager for TruGreen commented:

“The level of support offered by our Franchise Support Centre staff allows our franchisees to concentrate on operating the franchise model and managing their business through our bespoke software, achieving increased revenue and profits year on year.”

At TruGreen we pride ourselves on offering the highest level of franchisee support and the Quarter 1 figures are a reflection on how this enables our franchisees to realise business success. This is underpinned by our principle to “be in business for yourself, not by yourself.” With our continued support, we wish our franchisees further prosperity throughout 2019.

 

If you would like to find out more about a TruGreen franchise, please contact our franchise sales team on 0116 2759005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for an info pack.

TruGreen Leaf Awards

At TruGreen Professional Lawncare we pride ourselves in offering our franchisees the very best support, as we aim for strong sustainable growth in our business. We believe that the franchisor and the franchisee working together, maintains a strong and stable network, and while strong growth is beneficial to both the Brand and every individual business, we regularly look to reward our franchisees that achieves these objectives, through our Leaf Awards.

Throughout each quarter of the year, we hand out Leaf Awards in recognising sustained monthly revenue over a three month period, with each franchisee receiving a certificate and branded polo shirt embroidered with the appropriate coloured leaf, ranging from a bronze award in achieving an average revenue of £5000 per month,  to a diamond award in achieving an average revenue of £25000 per month.

These awards have become a firm favourite with our franchise network, and are presented in the company of their fellow peers at our regional meetings, and are not only a great incentive to maintaining a competitive edge, as everyone enjoys growth in their business, but are allowing for TruGreen Professional Lawncare to meet its objectives of strong sustainable growth, as there is no upper limit to what we can achieve with the Brand.

We’d like to congratulate the following winners from Q3/Q4 2018

Q3

Olly Green – TG North Hants and West Surrey – Bronze

Steve Graves – TG South Beds – Bronze

Mike Lethbridge – TG Newbury and Basingstoke – Bronze

Q4

Olly Green – TG North Hants and West Surrey – Silver

Michael Beecheno – TG Epsom – Silver

Andy Hazell – TG Herts – Bronze

Simon Grout – TG Sussex – Bronze

Steve Graves – TG South Beds – Bronze

Robert Grant – TG South Lincolnshire – Bronze

Mike Simmonds – TG Gloucestershire – Bronze

Chris Collis – TG Bromley – Bronze

 

If you’d like further information on how to become a TruGreen business owner, call 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for an information pack

Come and see us at The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham this February

Come and see us at The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham this February 15th & 16th 


TruGreen are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2019 for the third year running.

The National Franchise Exhibition gives us the perfect opportunity to meet as many budding entrepreneurs and business investors as possible, so that we can find out more about you and tell you more about us.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to do your research in to other franchisors, business sectors, finance providers and the benefits of being part of a franchise who are affiliated with the bfa (British Franchise Association).

We’re offering exclusive 1-2-1 introductory sessions to learn more about:

  • Our brand & model
  • Territory
  • Projected earnings
  • Marketing & operational support

To book your free, no obligation 30 minute introductory session with TruGreen Brand Manager, Steve Welch – click on your chosen day and time. You will be redirected to your email browser to send us your preferred session by email. We’ll confirm upon receipt.

Friday 15th February 

11:00am    11:30am    12.30pm    13:00pm    13.30pm    14:00pm    14:30pm    15:00pm

Saturday 16th February 

11:00am    11:30am    12.30pm    13:00pm    13.30pm    14:00pm    14:30pm    15:00pm

If you’d prefer to meet with us at your own leisure over the two-days, that’s no problem. You can find us on Stand C45 in Hall 10 of the National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham.

Don’t forget to book your complimentary tickets, you can do so here.

We hope to see you there!

TruGreen Franchise Recruitment

franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

0116 275 9005 

Established lawn care business for sale in Sussex

Asking Price (Recently Reduced): £50,000

Gross Turnover £120k+ 

Gross Profit £74k

We have an established lawn care business for sale in Sussex/Surrey.

Overview of Business

This business was established in 2005. The business is licensed to provide professional lawn care services to residential and commercial customers within two defined territories which have approximately 145,000 households, one territory covering Sussex and Surrey with the other area covering West Sussex.

The business delivers the following professional lawn care treatments: Fertiliser applications moss and weed control, pest and disease control, plus mechanical treatments of aeration and scarification. Other services can be offered and a full inventory of additional services will be provided by the franchisor.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 280 regular residential customers. These customers are on yearly agreements, with a programme of 4-5 treatments per annum. There has been year on year marketing completed in the area, providing an opportunity for any potential purchaser to develop the business through further marketing opportunities.

Employees

This business is presently a two man/one van operation and does currently have one employee as part of the business.

Facilities, Property & Location

This business is run from home with a domestic garage used for stock and machinery. The Business can be re-located anywhere within the franchised territories.

The franchised territory covers the below area defined by the maps.

Reason for Sale 

This is a well-run and operated business and the sole reason for the present franchisee looking for a sale, is due to health reasons, as he looks to take early retirement in gaining a return on his investment.

Sale to include:

  • The machinery and equipment that is included in this sale are;
    Scarifier, aerator, spraying equipment, fertiliser applicators, hand tools and products remaining in stock. A full inventory will be made available on making an enquiry for the business.
  • The transfer of the franchise licence, a new 5-year term will be granted. At the end of the term it is renewable at no cost (subject to the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement)
  • Transfer of customer database.
  • Software Accountancy package.
  • Two-week training before commencement of trading provided by the Franchisor covering all aspects of operating the business.
  • Use of the brand name and insignia of TruGreen (subject to terms and conditions)
  • On-going support, help and advice from the TruGreen Brand Manager.
  • Access to training courses provided by ServiceMaster Limited.
  • Marketing support and assistance from ServiceMaster Limited.
  • Access to Operations manual, marketing material, H&S information and documentation.
  • Access to the on-line shop for bespoke products, equipment and uniforms.
  • Access to an Employers helpline
  • Web page on www.trugreen.co.uk
  • Benefits of cross selling and joint marketing programmes through the ServiceMaster Family of Brands
  • At present no van is included in this sale, but the selling franchisee may be prepared to discuss this as a separate item which will incur an additional cost.

The lawn care industry is huge. With 26.4 million households in the UK and approximately 90% of them with gardens, coupled with the potential in the commercial lawn care market, it’s an industry very much worth being a part of. For further details on this sale, please download and complete the Non Disclosure Form and contact us on 0116 275 9005 or franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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TruGreen in Top 80 Franchises in the UK

TruGreen, one of the UK’s leading lawn care franchises, has been named in the top 80 franchises in the UK, by Elite Franchise. 

Elie-top-100-trugreenThe Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way that they embrace innovation. Ranking applicants from 100 to one, the guide defines the best opportunities in the UK.

TruGreen featured in 77th place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (23), Merry Maids (45), Rosemary Bookkeeping (75) and Furniture Medic (90).

Steve Welch, Brand Manager for TruGreen UK said;

“Being in the Elite Top 100 Franchises for the second year running is a fantastic achievement for our brand. TruGreen continue to move the needle forward in support, innovation, marketing and in franchising in general. Being shortlisted truly does support our offering in an already very attractive franchise sector.”

TruGreen Franchise – 2018 round up!

TruGreen Brand Manager Steve Welch gave us the low down on the happenings at TruGreen in 2018. Here’s what he had to say… 

It’s been a great almost eleven months so far of 2018. Many milestones hit, new business owners welcomed to the network and even more beautiful lawns on display around the UK.

Winter

The year started off very well with two new business owners joining the network. Mike Simmonds of TruGreen Gloucester and George Michaela of TruGreen West Midlands started their new lawn care ventures with our franchise. You can read more about this story, here.

Winter/Spring

In February and March we proudly exhibited at the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham AND The British and International Franchise Exhibition in London. We met so many aspiring entrepreneurs and as a result, welcomed one of those individuals on board later in the year…

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Spring time saw the beginning of the ‘Golden Quarter’ where our technicians were flat out starting the process of making lawns beautiful. We also added to our franchise network once again with the addition of Andrew Jack of TruGreen North East. You can read more about this story, here.

Summer

We caught up with Robert Grant of TruGreen South Lincolnshire in Spring who was pleased to report that after just 20 months in business, he had grown his investment by +223% with the help and support of our professional team at the Franchise Support Centre. You can read more about this story, here.

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In June we exhibited at the Northern Franchise Exhibition in Manchester. It was a fantastic show (the 3rd so far of the year) and once again we met some fantastic individuals looking to make their dreams in business a reality.

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The hot summer did some terrible damage to lawns around the UK, so our business owners really did have their work cut out. It seemed only right that we introduced another business owner to the network to help rescue our lawns and as such, we welcomed Mark Symington of TruGreen Hereford & Worcester. You can read more about this story, here.

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Despite the scorching weather (that’s exactly what was happening to the grass plant!), Mike Simmonds of TruGreen Gloucester hit the huge milestone of 100 customers in his first 6 months in business. What an achievement! He even gifted his 100th customer Patricia with a beautiful bunch of flowers. You can read more about this story, here.

Autumn

At our Summer Regional Meeting, we were honoured to award the Franchisee of the Year Award. For 2017 it went to Oliver Green of North Hants & West Surrey. Oliver has owned his TruGreen business since 2005 and has contributed greatly to the success of the network over the years. He truly deserves this prestigious award. You can read more about this story, here.

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Ahead of the ‘Silver Quarter’ we were pleased to welcome Aidan Potts of TruGreen Northumberland & Carlisle to our ever-growing network of TruGreen business owners. Aidan bought one of our rare resale opportunities to give him a head start in business and he was able to get cracking straight away, thanks to an already established customer base. You can read more about this story, here.

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I’m not one to talk about myself too much, but this year I celebrated my 40th year in the lawn care sector. This was a massive achievement not only in my career, but for me personally as it is what I love. Lawn care is a growing sector and I’m really proud to have been able to shape it with my contribution along the way and in my every day role at TruGreen Professional Lawn Care. You can read more about this story, here.

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You guessed it! Back again by popular demand at the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham. The busiest show of the year meant that we were quite stretched, but we managed to speak to as many budding entrepreneurs as possible. As the final show of the year, we have packed up our stand for the final time, ready for an all new and exciting format next year. Register your interest to come and see us! You can read more about this story, here.

Winter

The winter months are a very busy period for us. Our TruGreen business owners are getting in their last annual treatments and preparing annual treatment plans for next year. Us on the other hand, we are planning our training academy dates for 2019 and are currently looking for ambitious individuals to join our growing lawn care franchise. If you’re ambitious and are looking to make your dreams in business a reality, I look forward to hearing from you!

If you would like to be on the action in 2019, give us a call on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to sign up to our mailing list

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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.

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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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National Franchise Exhibition 5/6 October

TruGreen UK are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October 2018

Here at TruGreen we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our lawn care franchise opportunities. We strongly believe that the franchise exhibitions in which we attend, allow us to reach more people across the country, widening both theirs and our horizons. We have already attended franchise shows in Birmingham, Manchester and London this year.

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Coming to the Franchise Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to not only meet us, but to meet other franchisors too. Research is key in the early days of a new business journey and is much easier if you can do much of it all in one go!

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to apply for a FREE ticket. You can do so [HERE].

emma-nicholsonYou can also book an exclusive 1-2-1 slot with our Franchise Recruitment, Marketing Manager – Emma Nicholson.

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 5th or Saturday 6th October.

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We’re on stand A20

The National Franchise Exhibition 2018
Hall 3
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
5th & 6th October 2018

We hope to see you there!

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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 

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Matt is swapping his wellies for biker boots!

Matt Burre of TruGreen Lincolnshire is swapping his wellies for something a little different as he prepares to take part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2018 on his modern classic Triumph Street Twin motorcycle.

Matt Burre from Lincoln has joined in with some his fellow members of the Riders Association of Triumph with a pledge to raise both funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically, prostate cancer and men’s mental health.

The ride will take place on Sunday September 30th in the City of Lincoln. This will be one of 650 cities worldwide to host the event. It is estimated that over 120,000 Gentleman will take part.

All that is required to take part is a love for motorcycles and to dress up in the correct Gentleman’s attire, looking very ‘dapper’. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in 2012 and brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. It was thought a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.

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Matt said;

“I’m looking forward to getting out, pressing my tweed and raising money for a very worthy

cause.”

“It’s a cause that’s close to my heart and if anyone is thinking of donating, please do – even

the smallest of donations are very much appreciated.”

Members of the public can donate by clicking this link and search for Matthias Burre.

https://www.gentlemansride.com/rides/england/lincoln

 

ServiceMaster are proud to support our franchise business owners in their efforts to give back to the community.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a TruGreen business owner and how rewarding giving back to the community can truly be, give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

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TruGreen Franchisee of the Year 2017

TruGreen North Hants and West Surrey has been awarded Franchisee of the Year for 2017! 

TruGreen North Hants and West Surrey is a franchise owned and managed by Oliver Green who has been successfully servicing lawns since 2005.

Awards are given out each year to celebrate and recognise achievements in the categories of Growth, People, Customer and Investment, these headings form part of the organisational “North Star” used as is a simple guide to cultural performance and strategic execution for all stakeholders across the ServiceMaster community.

ili-green-trugreenOliver commented:

“I’m beyond thrilled, it’s an exciting achievement to have won franchisee of the year, and for the second year running. I think it demonstrates not only that we are growing year on year, but also how important team work is to us”.

‘TruGreen has a great network of people within it and there was tough competition throughout the year,”

The Franchisee of the Year 2017 is the most prestigious award and a pinnacle achievement within the ServiceMaster Franchise network. It is awarded to the franchisee who has displayed the highest achievement in the pursuit of excellence and professional management in the ServiceMaster tradition. Winners also get the opportunity to visit the ServiceMaster conference held in the US each year.

Having previously worked as a teacher and then deputy head teacher, Oliver has now worked in lawncare for over 12 years and says he doesn’t regret his decision for one second.

When asked what made him make the jump, he said:

“I love working outdoors and so when the time came that I was looking for a change, I wanted something that would give me this style of life, TruGreen LawnCare offers  exactly that. I instantly liked the franchise opportunity and can honestly say the entire experience has also been great fun!”

Brand Manager for TruGreen, Steve Welch added:

“Olly is a worthy winner of the TruGreen Franchisee of the year award, as he is fully focussed on growing his business through operating the proven franchise model.”

 

If you would like to find out how you could be the worthy winner of such a prestigious award some day, speak a member of our franchise recruitment team on 0116 295 9005 or franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you soon! 

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.