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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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Come and see us at the Northern Franchise Exhibition 22/23 June

TruGreen UK are proud to be exhibiting at the Northern Franchise Exhibition at Event City in Manchester on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June 2018

Here at TruGreen we are huge fans 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 and London this year.

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].

We’re on stand G10

The Northern Franchise Exhibition 2018
Hall 1, EventCity
Mercury Way, Off Barton Dock Road
Urmston
Manchester
M41 7TB
22 & 23 June 2018

 

We hope to see you there!

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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.

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TruGreen named in top 100 franchises in the UK

TruGreen Professional LawnCare, one of the UK’s leading lawn care franchises, has been named in the top 100 franchises in the UK, according to a guide by Elite Franchise.

The Elite Franchise 100 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.

TruGreen Professional LawnCare featured in 76th place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (26), Merry Maids (39) and Rosemary Bookkeeping (90).

Brand Operations Manager for TruGreen Professional LawnCare, Steve Welch said: “There’s been a real focus to TruGreen over the last few years and we’ve seen double-digit growth in revenue year-on-year and an increase in the number of new franchisees joining the network. The ranking by Elite Franchise compliments our hard work and achievements and we’re looking forward to improving our position in future years towards that number one spot!”

TruGreen Professional LawnCare is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, Rosemary Bookkeeping, Merry Maids and TruGreen Professional LawnCare.

TruGreen to exhibit at The National Franchise Exhibition

TruGreen Professional LawnCare, one of the UK’s leading domestic cleaning franchises is to exhibit at The National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham, this autumn.

The exhibition takes place on 13th and 14th October at the NEC in Birmingham and is one of the largest franchise exhibitions of the year, with over 100 franchisors on display and thousands of attendees expected over the two days.

Book your free tickets here.

TruGreen Professional LawnCare brand operations manager, Catriona Berry said: “We are excited about the upcoming event and keen to meet as many people as we can who are dreaming of owning their own business. Franchising is a fantastic route to business and the exhibition should be the first port of call for all budding entrepreneurs.”

TruGreen Professional LawnCare is joined by other ServiceMaster brands, Merry Maids and Rosemary Bookkeeping on Stand A20.

TruGreen West Yorkshire

TruGreen Franchisee reaches customer milestone

A professional lawn care franchisee, who operates across West Yorkshire has reached one of his business goals, having served his 300th customer this spring!

Having taken ownership in 2014, local man Darren White has taken TruGreen Professional LawnCare West Yorkshire from strength to strength. The West Yorkshire franchise is one of over 40 local TruGreen businesses that have achieved 29 months consecutive growth and collectively, grew by over 15% in 2016.

Now in his peak season, TruGreen West Yorkshire owner, Darren White said: “I’m delighted to have picked up my 300th customer and to be seeing sustained growth in the business. Now that the sun is starting to shine and our attention turns towards the outdoors, I’m hoping to be of service to more and more customers that want to achieve a really beautiful lawn this spring.

“My best advice for achieving a beautiful lawn in the spring is to start by removing moss and weeds that have grown over winter. There are a number of products that can be purchased to help with this process but you really want to couple this with scarification and aeration to help remove the dead grass and punch holes in the lawn to help it breathe and aid drainage. I’m always available for advice and offer a free lawn analysis to help my customers tailor a plan to suit their lawns.”

TruGreen West Yorkshire is a franchise of ServiceMaster Ltd, a national franchisor based in Leicestershire and benefits from technical expertise of Steve Welch, TruGreen operations brand manager who has over 30 years’ experience in the lawn care industry and as a sports groundsman.

For more information, contact Franchise Sales on 0116 275 9050

South Beds Territory

Established lawn care business for sale in South Beds

We have an established lawn care business for sale in South Beds.

Overview of Business
This business was established in 2010. 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 is licensed to provide professional Lawncare services to residential and Commercial customers within a defined territory which have approximately 145,000 households, covering South Bedfordshire, including Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable and Bedford.

The territory is large enough to support multiple vehicles, with the potential of each van generating turnover in the region of £60K plus. For an ambitious owner the opportunity is there to use the stable customer base that is currently served and implement a marketing programme to increase sales and build a substantial Lawncare business.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 330 regular residential customers. These customers are on yearly agreements, with a programme of 5-6 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. Assistance with this is available from the franchisors marketing department. The focus of the business is on the residential market, and the business can be further developed by providing lawn care and gardening services to small commercial businesses within the territory.

Employees

This business is presently a two man/one van operation (the business owner and an apprentice) and does not currently have any other employees.

Facilities, Property & Location

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

Reason for Sale 

This is a well-run and operated business and the sole reason for the present franchise business owners looking for a sale, is that the business has been focused on ensuring that they make a reasonable living and that the father and 50% shareholder reached a point where he could retire. The main focus that of retirement has been realised at the end of last year and the son has decided that he would like to pursue other business interests, having just completed his fifth year treating lawns. The main focus that of retirement has been realised at the end of last year and the son has decided that he would like to pursue other business interests, having just completed his fifth year treating lawns.

Sale to include:

  • The machinery and equipment that is included in this sale are;
    A scarifier, an aerator, professional spraying equipment, and a range of 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
  • Sage Accountancy package
  • 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.
  • Access to Operations manual, marketing material, H&S information and documentation.
  • Access to on-line shop for bespoke products, equipment and uniforms.
  • Access to an Employers helpline
  • Web page on 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.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

TruGreen reports 15% growth

TruGreen Professional LawnCare, one of the UK’s leading domestic lawn care providers has reported 15% growth for the year ending December 2016, which is on top of the 27% growth the business achieved in 2015.

The franchise business has posted a record 29 months of consecutive growth, with local revenues up by up to 85% in some areas of the UK. Owned and supported by franchisor, ServiceMaster, TruGreen is the world’s largest lawn care services provider.

TruGreen brand operations manager and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch said: “We’re delighted to report year-on-year growth for the TruGreen network. These impressive numbers are testament to the focused hard work of the support team and the franchise network itself. Our business owners are working smarter and are dedicated to offering the very best customer service and it’s showing in our results.”

TruGreen was awarded Full Membership status of the British Franchise Association in September 2016 and is a Corporate PLUS member of the Institute of Groundsmanship, which is the leading organisation that represents professional groundsmen and women.

Established lawn care business for sale in South Lincolnshire

Asking price: SOLD

We have an established lawn care business for sale in South Lincolnshire.

This franchise business was established in April 2005 to provide a professional lawn care service to customers within a defined territory, covering Newark, Skegness, Boston, Spalding, Market Deeping and surrounding area.

The current owner has other business commitments and only operates this business 3-4 days a week for approximately 8 months of the year. This territory has approximately 155,000 households, providing a great opportunity for an energetic and focused owner to build a substantial business.

The Opportunity

  • Good local reputation
  • Great potential for expansion
  • Business operated from home, can be relocated within the territory
  • Customer database
  • Equipment/products will need to be purchased from the Franchisor
  • Branded Renault Van available by separate negotiation
  • Two weeks training before commencement of trading from the Franchisor covering all aspects of running the business
  • On-going support and training from a Franchisor with over 55 years franchising experience
  • Marketing support and assistance
  • Access to Operations manual, marketing material, H&S information and documentation

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

TG South Oxfordshire

Established lawn care business for sale in South Oxfordshire

Asking Price: OIRO £50,000

We have an established lawn care business for sale in South Oxfordshire.

Overview of Business

This business was established over 9 years ago in February of 2010. 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 is licensed to provide professional lawn care services to residential and Commercial customers within a defined territory which has approximately 85,000 serviceable households, with the territory coverage including; Oxford, Caversham, Henley on Thames, Blewbury and Marlow.

This flexible business opportunity allows you to work throughout the calendar year on days, at times to suit your lifestyle. The health benefits are excellent as working outdoors is great physically and mentally. Meeting customers day in day out is also rewarding for those who may be people orientated and the specialist side of lawn care is certainly an interesting topic to specialist in.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 230 regular residential customers. These customers are on annual agreements, with a programme of 4-5 treatments per annum.

Employees

This business is presently a one man/one van operation and does not currently have any employees, although all finance and administrative duties are completed by the business owner wife, a fellow Director of the Company.

Facilities, Property & Location

This business is run from home with a rented farm unit used for stock and machinery. The Business can be re-located anywhere within the franchised territory. Running the business from home helps to keep the costs down and the profit margins high.

Reason for Sale

This is a well-run and operated business and the sole reason for the present franchisee looking for a sale, is that the business has reached the point where further development would require the employment of additional full time technicians, and given that the present business owner does not wish to progress beyond the present one person/ one van operation, he has decided to sell and gain a return on his initial investment.

This opportunity would suit an individual who is looking to invest in a growing market to realise the investment through marketing and taking advantage of the growth structure supported by TruGreen.

Sale to include:

  • A scarifier unit and aerator
  • 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 and software
  • 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 on-line shop for bespoke products, equipment and uniforms.
  • Access to an Employers helpline
  • Web page on 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 of £5900

Marketing 

The business owner has not invested in any marketing activities for the last 5 years and has maintained the business through customer satisfaction and referrals. We would strongly recommend that the new business owner invests in a marketing campaign, of which we can fully assist with through our marketing department. We provide 1-2-1 marketing support to all business owners in the franchise network.

Operations

The TruGreen Franchise Network is headed up by Steve Welch who has over 40 years experience in the lawn care sector. Steve is passionate about lawn care and provides a 1-2-1 and ad hoc support system to his business owners. Steve, along with the rest of the support team at TruGreen conduct the two-week training academy for all new Trugreen business owners.

Want to find out more? 

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 contact a member of the team direct on 0116 275 9005 for the prospectus and most recent accounts.

We look forward to hearing from you.

TG Berkshire South

Established lawn care business for sale in Berkshire South

We have an established lawn care business for sale in Berkshire South – OFFERS IN THE REGION OF £29,000

Overview of Business
This business was established in 2010. 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 is licensed to provide professional Lawncare services to residential and commercial customers in the defined territory, which has approximately 131,000 households, and covers areas including Reading, Wokingham and Maidenhead. These territories are large enough to support multiple vehicles, with the potential of each van generating turnover in the region of £60K+ plus. For an ambitious owner the opportunity is there to use the stable customer base that is currently served and implement a marketing programme to increase sales and build a substantial Lawncare business.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 233 regular residential customers. These customers are on yearly programme, 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. Assistance with this is available from the franchisors marketing department. The focus of the business is on the residential market, and the business can be further developed by providing lawn care and gardening services to small commercial businesses within the territory.

Employees

This business is presently a one man/one van operation and does not currently have any employees.

Facilities, Property & Location

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

Reason for Sale – This is a well-run and operated business and the sole reason for the present franchisee looking for a sale, is that the business has reached the point where the next stage of development would entail employing staff and purchasing an additional van and with continued growth in the business the present owner has decided upon retiring and gaining a return on his original investment.

Sale to include:

The machinery and equipment that is included in this sale.

  • A scarifier unit, an aerator, knapsack sprayer, and pedestrian and hand held fertiliser spreaders.
  • Hand tools and various equipment including measuring jugs and scarification rakes.
  • John Deere rotary Mower.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • No van is included in this sale and any prospective buyer will need to purchase or lease a vehicle.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

TruGreen awarded full bfa membership

TruGreen Professional LawnCare, which is part of the world’s largest lawn care company, has been awarded full membership of the British Franchise Association (bfa) after completing the association’s accreditation process.

Established in the UK in 2005, TruGreen is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which is one of the UK’s largest multi-brand franchisors. The brand currently operates in over 45 regions across the country, serving more than 5,000 customers annually.

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen said: “Being recognised as a full member of the bfa is a fantastic achievement and a real feather in our cap. The franchise network is growing rapidly and last year we reported a 27% increase in network-wide turnover. This year is looking even better and we’re looking ahead to further develop the brand.”

TruGreen is no stranger to bfa accolades with Newbury and Basingstoke franchisee Mike Lethbridge awaiting the outcome of the bfa Franchisee of the Year Award on Sep 29. Mike is the second TruGreen franchisee to be shortlisted in two years, with Les Graves of TruGreen South Bedfordshire having achieved the same honour in 2015.

Alan Lewin, managing director of ServiceMaster added: “TruGreen is a fantastic franchise opportunity and it is excellent news that they have been recognised as such by the bfa. Steve and the team have worked hard to achieve this honour and it’s a great foot forward to developing the brand further.”

TruGreen welcomed its newest franchisee, Jonathan Bell to the network in September. Jonathan invested in TruGreen Downlands and serves customers in Devizes, Malborough, Swindon, Wantage, Pangbourne and Hungerford.

Swapping suits for stripes in Downlands

A businessman with over 30 years’ experience of managing multi-million pound, customer-facing companies has ditched the pinstripe suit for lawn stripes and an outdoor lifestyle as he launches his new lawn care franchise in the Downlands area.

Jonathan Bell, 53, is the owner and operator of TruGreen Professional LawnCare Downlands and will provide bespoke lawn care solutions to residents across Devizes, Marlborough, Swindon, Wantage, Pangbourne and Hungerford. After receiving full training from TruGreen’s brand operations manager and former Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch, and completing his City & Guilds spraying qualifications, Jonathan is ready to serve the c.40,000 households within his businesses’ territory.

Founded in 1973, TruGreen is one of the world’s largest lawn care companies, serving over 3.5 million customers each year. TruGreen UK is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which launched in the UK in 1959.

Jonathan said: “I’ve always enjoyed being outside, whatever the weather and when I was deciding on my next venture, I wanted an opportunity that would mean I could get away from the office. My experience is centred on providing a high quality service to customers and I found a synergy with the TruGreen Professional LawnCare franchise opportunity.

“My goal for this business is to grow steadily, ensuring that each and every customer receives the very best service and as we grow, I hope to be in a position to create jobs and employ local people. I’ve always valued my employers investing in me and it would be great to do the same for my team too.”

TruGreen’s core services are based around controlling moss, weed, disease and pests in customers’ lawns, helping them to achieve a green, healthy lawn.

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen UK added: “TruGreen offers the highest level of service to customers all across the UK and Jonathan’s approach to customer service is what will make him a great TruGreen franchisee. We are excited about his future and look forward to seeing his business develop.”

Milton Keynes franchisee claims excellence award

An already award-winning business woman in Milton Keynes has claimed the ‘Award of Excellence’ from within the franchise network in which she operates in. The annual award is presented to the franchise owner who exemplifies the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their business.

Karen Burdett, the owner and operator of TruGreen Milton Keynes and West Northants, which is part of the world’s largest lawn care business, was presented the Award of Excellence in front of her fellow UK franchisees during the annual summer TruGreen meeting. Karen was selected due to her tireless work in growing and developing her local business and achieving great levels of customer service. The business currently has a score of 9.92/10 on Checkatrade, having received over 70 independent reviews.

Karen said: “I’m really proud to have been selected from amongst my peers for this award. There are some great TruGreen businesses across the UK and for my business to be identified as excellent is a great achievement.

“I aim to continue to grow my business across Milton Keynes and West Northants, helping customers to achieve perfect lawns that they can be proud of. This award has really spurred me on to achieve greater things and I hope the businesses reaches a size where I need to bring in a team of local people to help me deliver the service.”

Steve Welch, brand operations manager for TruGreen UK and former Wembley head groundsman, added: “Karen has worked hard to achieve this award and has displayed an excellent approach to her work, her customers and her fellow franchisees within the network. The business is healthy and in good shape to move forward serving many more customers across the region.”

TruGreen Milton Keynes and West Northants was launched by Karen Burdett in 2012. In 2013, Karen was named the New Woman Franchisee of the Year at the Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.

TruGreen franchisee shortlisted for national business award

A former mortgage advisor who swapped loans for lawn care less than 18 months ago has been shortlisted for a national business award thanks to his record-breaking performance.

Mike Lethbridge owns and operates the Newbury & Basingstoke franchise of professional lawn care company TruGreen from his home in Kingsclere. He’s one of just three people nominated by the British Franchise Association (bfa) in the Microbusiness category of the 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards.

A year after his launch in March 2015, Mike reported the fifth highest monthly turnover in the TruGreen network of over 30 outlets, having broken the company’s all-time record for the fastest acquisition of 100 customers by a franchisee.

Along the way he’s created three local jobs – including helping an apprentice pass his driving test and City & Guilds qualifications with the promise of his own van in the growing lawn care business – and is currently recruiting for two further positions.

It’s been quite the turnaround for a man whose background lies in property and banking. Mike said: “I’ve only been in franchising for just over a year but I’ve honestly not looked back since taking the plunge and can firmly and confidently say this is the best decision I’ve ever made.

“Sometimes the grass really is greener!”

Mike says his move to self-employment was driven by a desire to transform his lifestyle. “I’ve invested more than just money into my franchise,” he says. “It was about changing my way of life and bringing greater enjoyment into what I do every day, including giving young local people an employment opportunity.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked hard – I understood that when you’re running your own business, you get out what you put in. I’ve had amazing support from the team at the ServiceMaster Franchise Support Centre, my franchisor, who have helped franchisees like me become shortlisted for these awards for the last three years. Through ServiceMaster I have access to technology and marketing support I’d never have had on my own. It’s simple, I follow the processes and they give me the success I want and need.”

With plans to add a third van to the business later this year, Mike’s focused on continuing his stellar start to life as a business owner. “Keeping my customers happy is my absolute priority and I’m really happy that’s reflected in my 93% customer retention rate. Winning this award would be an absolute honour, especially with the business growing at such a rapid pace.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK head of franchising at HSBC, said: “One of the best aspects of these awards is that they recognise the outstanding work being done by franchisees in their communities right across the country. Mike is a great example of someone who’s creating local jobs and generating wealth for his local economy, and it’s a pleasure to recognise those efforts.”

The awards, which have run for almost 30 years, are the oldest and most prestigious in the £15bn franchise sector. They recognise the country’s best franchisees – self-employed business owners – for their community work, business growth and development, and customer service excellence. Winners are named on Thursday 29 September in a black-tie ceremony at Birmingham Town Hall.

See www.the bfa.org/franchise-awards for more details.

Chippenham

Established lawn care business for sale in Chippenham

We have an established lawn care business for sale in Chippenham.

Price – £25,000

This Chippenham TruGreen business was established in May 2004. 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 is licensed to provide professional Lawncare services to residential and smaller commercial customers within a defined territory (Chippenham) which has approximately 145,000 households, providing a great opportunity for an energetic and focussed owner to build a large and substantial business. The area is capable of growing a substantial customers base developing the business into a multi-van operation, with the potential of each van generating turnover in the region of £60,000 plus. For an ambitious owner the opportunity is there to use the stable customer base that is currently served and implement a marketing programme to further increase sales.

Primary Customers

This business currently has in the region of 160 regular residential customers. The majority of these customers are on yearly agreements, with a programme of 4-5 treatments per annum.

The focus of the business is on the residential market, and the business can be further developed by providing lawn care and gardening services to small commercial businesses within the territory.

Employees

This business is presently a one man/one van operation and does not currently have any employees

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.

Reason for Sale

This is a well-run and operated business and the main reason for the present franchisee looking for a sale, is that having reached retirement age, he wishes to spend more time on other interests while looking for a return on his original investment.

Sale to include:

  • The machinery and equipment that is included in this sale are;
    • Scarifier unit
    • Aerator
    • Knapsack sprayer
    • Fertiliser spreader
    • Peugeot Expert Van – 60K miles on the cloc
  • 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 additional cost (subject to the terms and conditions of the franchise agreement)
  • Transfer of customer database, both active and lapsed.
  • Two week training before commencement of trading provided by the Franchisor covering all aspects of operating the business.
  • On-going support, help and advice from the Brand Operations Manager and other departments from within the Franchise support Centre, including marketing, accountancy and IT departments
  • 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 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

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.

125th customer for Teesside lawn care franchise

A Teesside lawn care company has reported serving its 125th customer, having launched as TruGreen Professional LawnCare Teesside in early May 2016.

Martin and Kay Rogers, both of Teesside, chose to purchase the license to operate as a TruGreen franchise to help grow their existing lawn care business. Martin underwent extensive training under the tutelage of TruGreen brand operations manager, Steve Welch and completed his professional training, gaining his PA1 and PA6 certificates in the safe use of pesticides.

Martin said: “We’re delighted to have served our 125th customer already and proud that our business has grown so quickly already. We’re committed to helping our customers achieve their dream lawns to enjoy all year round.”

Former Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch added: “Martin and Kay have shown great enthusiasm and fantastic customer service and their growth figures are fantastic to witness. We’re confident that their business will go from strength to strength.”

A TruGreen Teesside customer said: “Martin has transformed my lawn from weeds, dandelions and daisies to lush green grass, weed free and beautiful to the eye. Martin’s service has been exceptional. He is very polite and professional and without a doubt an expert in his field.”

TruGreen Professional LawnCare is franchised by ServiceMaster, one of the UK’s leading and longest established multi-brand franchisors. You can read more about TruGreen Teesside here.

Teesside lawn care franchise to bring jobs to the area

A Teesside couple have launched a franchise of the world’s largest lawn care company to operate across Teesside and hope to take on new staff imminently.

Martin and Kay Rogers purchased the license to operate TruGreen Professional LawnCare, which will provide bespoke lawn care services across Teesside and the surrounding areas, in April and Martin underwent intensive training in all aspects of lawn care. The couple chose to launch the franchise as an opportunity to turn Martin’s passion for gardening into a viable business that would serve their local community. With previous experience in franchising and a career in banking between them, Martin and Kay are ready to hit the ground running, bringing on and training a number of new staff as the business acquires customers.

TruGreen is a franchise of ServiceMaster, one of the longest established and leading multi-brand franchisors in the UK. All new TruGreen franchisees undertake two weeks training under the tutelage of TruGreen’s brand operations manager and ex-Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch.

Martin, co-owner of TruGreen Teesside said: “We chose to launch TruGreen to offer a local service and one that I was passionate about. We hope to create enough demand to require more staff and we’re excited about taking on and giving local, young people an opportunity. I’m trained and ready to start delivering the service and transforming lawns into beautiful spaces customers are proud of.”

Kay, co-owner of TruGreen Teesside added: “TruGreen offers us the opportunity to launch a business that will make a difference to our local area. Our goal is to grow a sustainable business and offer local employment opportunities, whilst ensuring our customers always come first.”

Steve Welch, brand operations manager and former FA groundsman of the year commented: “TruGreen offers the highest level service to customers all across the UK. With our knowledge and expertise in all things lawn care and our approach to customer service, customers should look no further. Martin and Kay’s investment represents a belief in the brand and a commitment to offer the best technical service to their customers.”

With spring in full flow, now is the time to be looking at the condition of your lawn and taking the necessary steps to combat moss and weeds that have built up over the mild winter period we’ve experienced. Simple steps can help homeowners achieve a beautiful lawn for the summer.