A Berkshire businessman has completed a successful first full year operating his professional lawn care franchise by acquiring his 100th customer and taking on two new technicians.
Barrie Dixon, the owner of TruGreen Professional LawnCare South East Berkshire and North West Surrey, has taken his business from a standing start in April 2015 to serving 100 customers across the region. To manage the workload, the business employed two further local technicians, Nigel Stamp and Ben Kane.
TruGreen is part of the world’s largest lawn care company, based in the US and is a franchise of Leicester-based, ServiceMaster. Barrie launched his franchise business after a 12-year career in the gardening and lawn care industry and he has seen his business go from strength to strength during his first year.
Barrie Dixon, business owner, TruGreen Professional LawnCare South East Berkshire and North West Surrey said: “I’ve had a fantastic first year with TruGreen and I’m so pleased to have reached the 100 customer mark. I’ve seen my business grow dramatically and I’m delighted to have taken on staff already.
“I moved my family to the area after investing in TruGreen and we are thoroughly enjoying life and business here. My long-term goal was to be a trusted employer of local people, making a difference to local residents by creating both beautiful lawns and employment opportunities and it feels like I’m half way there. With Merrist Wood College on our doorstep, we’re perfectly located to offer the next generation of professionals a great start on the career ladder.”
TruGreen brand operations manager, and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch commented: “Barrie is a credit to the TruGreen network. He has exceeded expectations during his first year and we look forward to supporting him as his business expands.”
Barrie added “Now that spring is finally here, it’s 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 winter months. Simple steps can help homeowners achieve a beautiful lawn for the summer.