What our Brand Leader looks for in a Franchise Partner

In order to maintain brand integrity, we carefully select the franchise partners who are to join our brand by inviting prospective business owners to an interview with our TruGreen Brand Leader, Steve Welch.

We asked Steve, 5 questions to help prospective business owners qualify themselves to join: 

Q. Describe the characteristics of the most successful franchisees in your network.

A. The most successful franchisees are those that operate a clearly defined business and marketing plan, those that follows the TruGreen model, operates the systems (fully utilise the Brand Management System) and are focussed on growth through increasing capacity in the business, and putting additional vans on the road and employing staff.

Q. What skills/attributes do you look for in a franchise partner?

A. A love of practical work and working outdoors, with an attention to detail and a can do attitude, while being prepared to work flexible hours, in managing the seasonality of the franchise.

Q. What personality do you look for in a franchise partner?

A. Positive, enthusiastic and self-motivated  person with good communication skills, all essential in operating a successful lawncare business.

Q. What experience is required?

A. An understanding of lawncare is not essential, as full training and continual support is offered to every franchisee, for as long as they operate the franchise, allowing them to become a highly skilled and knowledgeable  business owner and operator.

Q. What is a ‘red flag’ for joining your brand?

A. A person that is not looking to operate a practically based franchise, a person that is a poor communicator, or a person that is looking to buy a job not grow a business.

Do you think you have what it takes to become our next TruGreen Franchise Partner?

If you would look a no-obligation conversation with our TruGreen Brand Leader, contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 who will happily arrange this for you. 

2020 proved the future is Franchising

Nothing proves that the future is bright for franchising more than the fact that 2020 was our biggest year for both enquiries and franchise partners joining our brands.

2020 was by far one of the most unexpected and challenging years for everyone. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, nor prevented. Our business expected to see the demand for owning a business reduce as individuals may choose to stay in secure employment or stick with something familiar.

In fact, in most cases, we found the complete opposite. We discovered that the pandemic led many people to revaluate their career choice and research other options in to how they could make more money and improve their lifestyle. This was reflected in a 67% increase in enquiries in 2020 compared to 2019.

It was encouraging to see growth in enquiry numbers and whilst we did not expect to see growth in new franchise partners, knowing that there were more individuals exploring a future in franchising, was a result in itself in such uncertain times.

The uncertain times weren’t enough to put aspiring entrepreneurs off from investing in a franchise in 2020 and we also saw a 60% increase in the number of new franchise partners joining in 2020 compared to 2019.

Franchising has proven to be a resilient business model in the testing times brought upon us by Covid-19. Our brands have been able to successfully support our franchise owners through this difficult period by our expertise, experience and also strength in numbers through the established franchise network. We understand this to be one of the main reasons why we welcomed so many franchise partners throughout a period of uncertainty and will continue to invest in supporting our franchisees going forward.

ServiceMaster Brands – Stronger Together.

Enquire today on 0116 275 9005

Local support for your new business

If you’re considering starting your own business, but have concerns around the wider support available outside of the franchise, this blog is for you.

Your local government can provide specialist help in many areas of business including finance, growth, recruitment, technology, tax and more.

By the government supporting you in your new venture with funding, guidance and advice; they are helping you to succeed in your business, contributing positively to the local economy.

Here are some areas where they can help: (do check your specific local government website)

Finance

You may be eligible for a start-up loan of up to £25,000. Click to view the Government’s start up loan scheme here

If you need to raise money for your business, you may wish to find out more about venture capital schemes here

Growth

Through funding and research, Innovate UK helps to support small businesses to grow. You can view their website here

For support in growing your business locally, you can contact your local growth hub here

The business support helpline is also a great resource if you have any queries and they can be reached here

There may be government contracts in your area that you could pick up. You can check to see if there is here

Technology

For support in technology and FREE online courses to improve digital skills click here

Tax

The making tax digital service has been introduced to make tax returns easier. For further information on this you can visit the website here

Recruitment

Government funding may be available if you were to take on an apprentice within your business. You can find out more here

For franchise support, we’re here! If you’d like to learn more about our franchise opportunity, contact us on 0116 275 9005.

Age is nothing but a number

According to the last undertaken British Franchise Association survey in 2018, almost 20% of franchise units are owned by individuals under the age of 30.

This statistic goes to show that that age doesn’t stop entrepreneurs from achieving their dreams. This can be put down to more individuals looking to business ownership rather than employment to achieve their career goals.

It’s refreshing to see younger individuals trusting the franchise model, particularly for their first step in to entrepreneurship.

Here are some reasons why under 30’s have chosen to join our franchise:

  • Support received by franchisor and franchise network
  • Quicker learning experience because it is all set out
  • Less mistakes to be made because it’s a proven model (lower risk)
  • Some of the hard work is removed (brand already established, systems in place)
  • Structure is in place (franchise terms), but the possibilities are endless

Age has no bearing on whether you are awarded a franchise or not. Suitability is assessed on your ability to operate the business effectively. We are looking for motivated, driven individuals who are keen to succeed in business, regardless of their age.

Experience is not necessary to join our franchise so it makes for a great entry level in to business for those with fewer years’ experience in business under their belt.

For an introductory chat, contact our franchise recruitment team today at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Timescales to buy

Buying a franchise isn’t like buying a loaf of bread. It’s not just a decision for there and then, it is one for not only now, but also the future.

It will therefore be no surprise to you that we have had business owners join our franchise in a timescale as short as one month and as long as almost three years. Both of these are okay!

You need total ‘commitment to the cause’ to join a franchise. It’s a lifestyle choice and at times it can be difficult and you may indeed feel like giving up. The truth is, if you follow the model, put the work in to it and take the rough with the smooth, you can build a substantial investment for the future.

For 2020 we surveyed the timescale taken for each new franchise partner to come on board.

The longest period of time was 2 years and 4 months*

The shortest period of time was just 1 month*

The average period of time was 8 months* 

*it’s important to note that timescales do not include the due diligence taken and the onboarding process.

The fact is that there is no right or wrong amount of time to take in making this kind of decision. We’re here with you every step of the way and are guided by your timescales rather than our own.

We do however recommend that you begin the conversation as early as possible to make the most out of the journey.

To start yours today, contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005.

2021 – What does it look like for TruGreen?

If you are thinking about joining our brand this year, but have concerns over the current situation and the affect that it may have, this blog is for you.

In 2020, the TruGreen franchise became stronger as it adapted to the ‘new normal’ and as such, pushed the business model to new heights. All businesses found their feet to remain open safely following government guidelines to provide lawn care services, at a social distance.

As we enter in to the third national lockdown, providing services safely, outdoors at a social distance will continue to be permitted, meaning that TruGreen businesses are indeed, FULLY operational.

At the very beginning of the pandemic, as the franchisor we were able to roll out and franchise owners were able to adapt to new working conditions to ensure the safedelivery of lawn care services to not only protect our customers, but our valued employees too.

Customers have felt safe continuing their services because of the minimal risk and the benefit of a green and lush lawn to enjoy whilst ‘staying home to stay safe’.

As you will already know, TruGreen is a global, well-established lawn care company with over 40 years lawn care experience in the UK and is known for providing professional lawn care programmes and stand-alone treatments. TruGreen is a name that individuals know and trust.

This year, like any other year, our support as a franchisor continues. Business owners will receive unlimited support in not only all of the necessary business disciplines required to operate a first-rate TruGreen business, but also updates and guidance on the current and ongoing situation with regards to the pandemic. A sympathetic ear is also always available from a peer network of existing TruGreen business owners.

With the added learnings and experiences from 2020 across a wide franchise network, the momentum is already there to build on 2020 and to make 2021 a better year.

If you would like to find out more about our resilience as a brand and our plans for 2021, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005.

TruGreen – 2020 in review

Back in 2019 when we were evaluating our brand and making decisions for 2020, we could never have predicted what was in store for our franchise in 2020.

That said, our brand has developed, our franchise owners have built resilient businesses that have stood the difficult trading conditions that the pandemic has brought upon the globe.

The very early part of the year in January and February, the brand operated as expected, delivering winter lawn care treatments to customers across the United Kingdom.

In early Spring, news on the horizon was of the virus and we were able to communicate to our customers some changes required to ensure the business could operate safely, at distance and with enhanced hygiene measures in place to protect employees.

As our franchise owners were able to adapt quickly, it meant that many customers were still able to enjoy the lawn care services that they have come to expect, and franchise owners saved much of their business through delivering services differently, but safely.

As lawn care services are provided outdoors and at a social distance from customers and other TruGreen employees, the TruGreen network was largely unaffected.

Some franchise owners saw new customers as they were spending more time outdoors and wanted to enjoy the splendour of their garden.

In short, whilst 2020 proved to be a difficult year, utilising our support, TruGreen franchise owners have showed new learnings and developed their businesses to survive in the new normal. As such, our brand has become more unified and much stronger.

All franchise owners are fully supported in all aspects of business not only by the franchise support centre, but also by the peer network of existing TruGreen business owners.

Stronger together, TruGreen Franchise.

An all-year-round opportunity

There are many great business opportunities out there and it’s important to consider whether you wish to operate to capacity all year round, or in seasons.

Seasonal work is great for those who undertake more than one venture or prefer a little time off to regenerate. However, all year round is great for those who require a constant, regular flow of income to give them their chosen lifestyle.

Whilst most businesses naturally have busier and quieter periods, a TruGreen Franchise, despite most assuming that it is seasonal, is actually an all-year-round opportunity.

Different seasons require different lawn treatments and they are something that our TruGreen business owners are experienced in assessing for and delivering. Sunshine hours, rainfall and other weather aspects directly impact the condition of the lawn and therefore dictate the type of treatments offered. However, lawn pests can hit at any time of the year so keep our franchise owners busy regardless, all year round.

Our business management system (included exclusively for all franchise owners) can help you to schedule your treatments throughout the year, making running the business easy!

So, if you are looking for an all-year-round opportunity where no two days are the same, a TruGreen Franchise may be exactly what you are looking for. Contact our friendly franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 for more information.  

TruGreen Franchisee of the Year

TruGreen North Hants and West Surrey scooped the Franchisee of the year award 2019.

TruGreen North Hants and West Surrey is owned by Oliver Green after purchasing his lawn care business in 2005.

As a franchisor we believe that awarding franchisees for their achievements is a fantastic thing to do to celebrate and recognise the work that franchise owners put in to build a great business.

Usually presented at a summer awards evening, the award was delivered over a celebratory award zoom call with the whole TruGreen UK network in which successes were celebrated following a difficult year.

Oliver commented:

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

As a family business working for families, we are thrilled to have won, but it simply wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful team. My wife works in the office, and then I have two full time members of staff out on the road, and one-part timer. It’s a complete team effort, not just here but from Servicemaster head office too – the level of support they offer us as franchise owners is second to none.” Added Olly.

The Franchisee of the Year 2019 is the most prestigious award and a pinnacle achievement within the ServiceMaster Franchisee network. It is awarded to one franchisee who has displayed the highest achievement in the pursuit of excellence and professional management in the ServiceMaster tradition. 

Picking up an award is an achievement, but to go on and win Franchisee of the Year is and outstanding achievement.

Managing Director of ServiceMaster, Alan Lewin said:

“I am always appreciative of the commitment that our franchisees and suppliers make.”

Having previously worked as a teacher and then deputy head teacher, Oliver has now worked in lawn care for over 14 years and says he doesn’t regret his decision for one second. When we asked Olly why he joined TruGreen Franchise, 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 a sense of freedom; I’d spent years indoors and behind a desk and needed a change. TruGreen does exactly what I was after. I instantly liked the franchise opportunity and can honestly say the entire experience has been great fun!” 

A great brand is supported by a great Brand Manager. Steve Welch, TruGreen Brand Manager has over 40 years lawn care experienced and supports his franchise network daily.

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 to growing his business, through the operating of the proven franchise model.”

If you’d like to invest in your future and become an award-winning franchisee like Olly did, contact us today on 0116 275 9005. 

The importance of a CRM system

The importance of a Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)

Whether you store customer data on a spreadsheet or via business cards, both are disorganised and likely a breach in GDPR.

If you are looking to get in to business, it’s a good idea to have thought about how you intend to store customer data to ensure that it is well organised and safe.

A CRM system can do this effectively for you, and also has many other benefits.

  • Data storage in compliance with GDPR
  • Data segmentation so that customers can be grouped
  • Anniversary and milestone tracking so they can be recognised
  • Lifetime and average value calculations so they can be recognised
  • Customer buying patterns so they can be remarketed to
  • Recording of contacts made so there is a contact history

& any, many more…

There are lots of CRM systems to choose from, so it’s important to choose one that most suits the requirements of your business.

If you decide to join our franchise network, our franchise owners benefit from a complementary and exclusive CRM system so you don’t have to worry about finding and paying for your own!

For further information, contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 today

Ranked in the Elite Top 100 UK Franchises

The Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises is all about celebrating successes in British franchising by ranking applicants from 1 to 100. 

Despite the difficult trading conditions in the past year, we are proud to announce that the TruGreen brand has ranked within the TOP 100 franchises in a solid position of #81– two places higher than last year! You can view our ranking by clicking on this link. 

It is worth noting that securing a place in the rankings isn’t all about profitability and turnover, it’s also about the value added to the community and the franchise sector.

Our application included a complex write up of how our brand has developed over the year and what affect that this has had on our franchise network, customers and all stake holders alike.

Andrew Brattesani – UK Head of Franchising at HSBC was one of the judging experts and had this to say: 

“This year we have had to assess how business have had to proactively adjusted in response to closures caused by the pandemic. It’s been essential for entrants to demonstrate how they have pivoted their services. Despite the economic difficulties of this year, these franchises have prospered due to their proven business models and determination. 

Steve Welch, TruGreen Brand Leader had the following to say: 

“It is great news that we are once again in the Elite Top 100, which has been achieved through the operating of a strong and proven model, the hard work and dedication of our support team, and the ability to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic.”

We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of a prestigious ranking and will continue to work on our franchise offering over the next 12 months to secure a spot in the 2022 ranking next year.

For further information on our franchise or our spot in the Elite Franchise Top 100, contact a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

Prospect Franchisee Certificate

As proud members of the British Franchise Association, we are pleased to share their Prospect Franchise Certificate, a free course designed to help you to feel fully prepared ahead of embarking on your new journey.

The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the source of impartial information on all things franchising. It’s the self-regulatory body for the ethical franchise sector, setting and maintaining standards which are respected around the world. 

The popular business model of ‘self-employment with support’ is favoured by many, and the course shares with you the hints and tips of becoming accepted in to a franchise so that you can start your new business.

Joining a franchise is a huge lifestyle choice, it’s a commitment over a term of 5 years (in the case of our franchise) where you will devote your working hours solely to the business to help it to thrive. There is a lot of hard work involved, so you’ll hear what franchisors look for in franchisees so that you can prepare and are aware.

Click this link to be directed to the Prospect Franchise Certificate

Upon completion, we’d love to hear about your experience studying the Prospect Franchise Certificate and further assist you to continue your journey in becoming a proud franchise owner with our brand.

Contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 for our network availability and next steps  

Support when times are tough

Businesses have experienced two national lockdowns, local lockdowns and tier restrictions but fortunately for the businesses that are part of our franchise network, they have received support throughout.

Support is one of the main reasons cited by business owners as to why they chose to join our franchise. It’s not just received from our team of franchise support professionals, but also from the peer network too.

It comes in the form of professional advice, but also from relative experience too. The ‘been there done that’ phrase is one that explains this perfectly. It means that mistakes have already been made and learnt from, so that they don’t have to be made again.

A supportive franchisor and franchise network truly do make a difference to the franchise journey because you are never alone. There is always someone at the end of the phone, whether it’s a member of our team or a fellow franchisee.

We are stronger together and that’s why being a part of a franchise network helps you to feel support when times are tough, particularly how they have been for most in 2020.

To discuss our available franchise opportunities, give our friendly franchise recruitment team a call on 0116 275 9005 today.

Why having a brand is important

Having a brand is extremely important if you want to differentiate yourself from others, ensure consistency and build recognition.

A brand isn’t just a logo, it’s the whole business image and everything that it stands for. The idea of a brand is for it to become desirable, that individuals want to be a part of it, get a slice of the action.

The logo and brand styling are of course important. They need to be attractive in a typically crowded market place to grab the attention of the purchaser. It’s much easier to create brand awareness in the modern day because there are so many mediums that it can be shared on.

What brands are you thinking of?

  1. Soft drinks brand where the main colour is red
  2. Low cost airline where the main colour is orange
  3. Supermarket where the main colour is green

It’s likely that we’re all thinking of the same three brands with their distinctive brand styling.

Joining an established brand such as TruGreen

That’s why joining an established brand such as ours helps you to open doors, particularly in those early days. The brand is established and has gained recognition over 30 years so that customers feel that they know and can trust you already.

A head start in starting up is beneficial to entrepreneurs because it helps remove some of the risk associated with start-ups and helps the business to gain customers right from the start.

With clever marketing initiatives proven successful by the franchisor, the brand can be exposed faster and more effectively, to increase market share further.

If you would like to learn more about our brand and how you can become a part of it, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team today.

The importance of a great website

According to a source* 88% of consumers search for products and services online before looking via other avenues. As such, a website ensures that you don’t miss out on this captive audience.

The basics

Websites do not need to be state of the art to serve a purpose. They need to include information about the business and the product/service for sale, as well as contact information.

The above should help you to be found via an internet search, and enable a customer to make a call to action should they need to. A great website helps to generate sales.

However, being ‘found’ online can be a much harder process than it seems. Ranking in top search listings depends on many factors decided by the search engine including relevance and the age, history and good-standing of the web domain.

Why a website is important

As well as being a general information source, a website also helps prospective customers to validate your business and your offering ahead of making a buying decision.

A website also helps you to reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction by enabling customers to find answers to questions online, and ask them without waiting for office hours to be able to make a call direct to you.

The future is something that we cannot ignore and a website can be integrated with many new technologies, as well as being updated with speed and ease.

Websites and franchising

Most franchisors will give franchise owners their own local page on their branded, managed website.

The key here is that the page will therefore be uniformed with the rest of the brand to protect the brand integrity, whilst also benefitting from the size and age of the brands website domain to improve search rankings.

If you would like to find out more about how our websites can help to generate income for your new franchise, contact a member of the franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005.

TruGreen business launched in Sussex/Surrey area

We are pleased to introduce, local entrepreneur Dominic Haydon to the Sussex and Surrey TruGreen territory

For 15 years of his career, Dominic has worked in the corporate world managing Highways England operations in the South East. Prior to that his experience was agricultural focused, a big part of that was related to grass plants and how to manage them. When he decided now was a time for change, he knew he wanted to be back outdoors in a related industry and with that he came across TruGreen and the rest was history!

Over to Dominic, TruGreen Sussex & Surrey new owner

In my corporate life I was overseeing teams of staff and always tried to encourage them to deliver excellent customer service. When it became time for a change I knew I could deliver a service understanding what the customer actually wanted. TruGreen echoed the same sentiments!” Said Dominic

I arrived at TruGreen after extensive research about what options were available out there to me, especially during the unprecedented times of COVID-19. I take a lot of pride in my own garden and lawns, and it’s this that helped me decide lawn care was where I wanted to invest.” Said Dominic

I met with Steve and the rest of the ServiceMaster team and realised the support and expertise on offer would ensure my success. The support I was offered reaffirmed that I was making the right decision.” Added Dominic.

Dominic already has hopes of expanding the business in 2021 and is already setting his sights on adding more vans to his operation

The very best in bespoke lawncare 

It is great to welcome Dominic to TruGreen Professional Lawncare, and I am sure that his focussed approach to business and in-depth knowledge of the local area, will prove another major asset to the ever-growing TruGreen network, in offering our customers the very best in bespoke lawncare.” Added TruGreen Brand Manager, Steve Welch.

Covid-19 and starting up

Covid-19 didn’t stop Dominic from achieving his life-long goal of starting a business, and it isn’t expected to pose any difficulties for him in growing his lawn care venture, as he’s able to maintain a social distance by working in the great outdoors.

We were able to offer most of the training academy virtually, with only the practical aspects and examinations in person.

Whilst we appreciate these uncertain times might seem like a reason to put off starting a new venture, we have found this period to be a very busy time because of individuals reevaluating their options.

If you would like to find out more about joining TruGreen franchise, contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

What to expect in your franchisor interview

It’s a common misconception that buying a franchise is like buying a car. That providing you have the money and a driver’s licence, it’s yours. That is simply not the case with a franchise because it’s a commitment, typically over a minimum of five years to operate the business within the tramlines of the franchise agreement.

For that reason, most franchisors have a franchisor interview as one of the final stages before a franchise is awarded to an individual.

What is to be expected

The purpose of the franchisor interview is to ensure that the candidate is right for the franchise opportunity and has expectations that can be realistically achieved.

Don’t be surprised if you are asked about the following personal areas of your life:

Financial situation

Whilst it is a good indicator that there is a need to succeed, too much debt can become overwhelming, particularly when the franchise opportunity is yet to break even or reaches financial difficulties.

Home life

Some franchise opportunities are quite demanding on your time and a franchisor needs to ensure that the business won’t be negatively affected, nor will your home life, by the typical needs of the business.

Goals and expectations

The franchisor needs to assess that the candidate has sufficient drive and ambition to be able to move the business in the right direction, equally that their expectations can be met, if not exceeded.

Reasons for wanting to join

It’s good to understand the motivations for an individual wanting to join the franchise, whether it was the sector, area, brand or something entirely different. This is also a good opportunity for the franchisor to ask the individual what they intend to bring to the opportunity.

Exit plan

Whilst it’s good to know when an individual hopes to start, it’s also good to know when they want to exit. A franchise is not forever. Knowing this information up front can help to put plans in place for a smooth exit that is beneficial for all parties.

If you’d like to chat with us ahead of this point in your franchise journey, give us a call on 0116 275 9005 today. 

New owner for established business TruGreen Milton Keynes

Established franchise, TruGreen Milton Keynes has recent changed hands and Richard Young is now the proud owner of the flourishing business.  

When the opportunity to purchase the TruGreen Milton Keynes territory came along, Richard Young jumped at the chance.

Previously a business owner in the online retail sector, Richard felt he had got his business to where he could, and decided the time was right to embark on a new journey.

Flexibility

That’s when I found the TruGreen opportunity! I was looking for something that was equally as flexible.” Said Richard.

When looking for the right opportunity, Richard had a set criteria list. One of those was that he would still be around to see his children wake up in the morning and then read them a bed time story before bed.

I wanted something that wouldn’t take me into the corporate world. I’ve been there and done that. Family time is important for me and that home, work balance. I also looked at several other opportunities during my research but once I was in contact with TruGreen, I instantly knew this was the right decision. The level of expertise from Steve as the Brand Manager sounded valuable and I really felt like I would never be alone if I needed any support.” added Richard.

Future plans

Initially Richard plans to take the time to get to know all his customers and allow himself a couple of months to settle. However, he hopes to have two vans on the road by March 2021 and then three by the end of the year.

I feel like the sky is my limit with TruGreen. My predecessor has done a great job getting the territory up and running and now I have an opportunity to grow it – I’m really excited!” finished Richard.

High hopes for Richard and his old, but new, venture

All of our franchisees receive unlimited guidance and support for their TruGreen business. In particular Brand Manager, Steve Welch takes great pride in watching franchise owners grow in size and profits.

“It is great to welcome Richard to TruGreen Professional Lawncare, and I am sure that his focussed approach to business and in-depth knowledge of the local area, will prove another major asset to the ever-growing TruGreen Network, in offering our customers the very best in bespoke lawncare.” Added TruGreen Brand Manager, Steve Welch

Is now the right time to buy?

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges to the business world, TruGreen Lawn Care has remained largely unaffected because of the ability to provide lawn care services from a social distance. We look forward to seeing Richard’s progress in our growing sector. All non-practical aspects of Richard’s training were completed remotely, with Richard only attending our franchise support centre face to face for his practical training and lawn care examinations.

If you would like to join Richard in becoming a TruGreen franchise owner, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 to discuss available territories.

Are you facing redundancy?

Was your role one of the 695,000 that was made redundant post Covid-19?

According to a piece written by the Guardian, redundancies rise at the fastest rate since 2009. This has meant that almost a half of those on furlough will not be returning to their previous job.

Receiving notice of redundancy can be a difficult time, particularly in these uncertain times where secure jobs can be hard to come by, and when you find them, are snapped up quickly by the best candidates.

What choices do you have?

Hopefully your redundancy package can give you a little breathing space to truly consider your options. You do spend a lot of time at work, so it’s important that you find the right role and company to work for.

If you have decided that working for someone isn’t what you want to do, why not consider going in to business for yourself?

Working for yourself 

You can throw your redundancy package in to your new business venture and hope for the best. Or you can invest it, in a franchise opportunity.

Franchising is a safer route in to business because the business model is proven, brand is established, and support is on hand for when you need it.

You still get all of the great benefits that you do working for yourself, just that you aren’t by yourself and have all of the great benefits of being part of something bigger.

Financing your new start

If you either you didn’t receive much of a redundancy package, none at all or have spent it, there are still options that you can consider so that you don’t have to go back in to employment.

The UK Government have a start-up loan scheme where you could be eligible to finance funds of up to £25,000.

Also, as a British Franchise Association associate member, most major banks and finance providers will lend (subject to personal status), up to 70% of the total franchise fee.

If you’d like to discuss your options following redundancy, give our franchise sales team a call on 0116 275 9005.

TruGreen business launched in The Chilterns

We are pleased to welcome one of the latest businesses owners to the TruGreen network, Paul Chaumeton is the proud new owner of TruGreen The Chilterns.

Corporate to outdoor 

For most of his career, Paul has worked in the corporate world as an International Project Manager for real-estate, but when COVID-19 hit he decided his time travelling abroad weekly was over and went on the search for greener pastures. That’s where he came across TruGreen and the rest was history!

Having worked in over 95 cities in 15 years, I decided it was time for a change. Of course, I toyed with the idea of retiring, but I’m not ready for that yet!” Said Paul.

Freedom & flexibility

All Paul knew in the beginning is that he wanted to do something that would allow him to be flexible and work outside. A TruGreen franchise is favoured amongst those looking for freedom, flexibility and the health benefits that come with working outdoors.

Research

We always encourage prospective business owners to research, research, research! A franchise opportunity is more than just a purchase, it is a lifestyle choice and a commitment. As such, research is essential.

I arrived at TruGreen after extensive research about what options were available out there to me, especially during the unprecedented times of COVID-19. I take a lot of pride in my own garden and lawn, and it’s this that helped me decide LawnCare was where I wanted to invest.” Said Paul

I met with Steve and instantly the soldiers fell in line – I knew this was what I wanted to do.” Added Paul.

High hopes

Paul has hopes of reaching 100 customers in 6 months and wants to have 3 vans on the road by 2022.

It is great to welcome Paul to TruGreen Professional Lawncare, and I am sure that his focussed approach to business and in-depth knowledge of the local area, will prove another major asset to the ever-growing TruGreen Network, in offering our customers the very best in bespoke lawncare.” Added TruGreen Brand Manager, Steve Welch.

Covid-19 didn’t stop Paul from achieving his life-long goal of starting a business, and it isn’t expected to pose any difficulties for him in growing his lawn care venture, as he’s able to maintain a social distance by working in the great outdoors.

Much of his training academy was completed virtually, with only the practical training and examinations in person.

If you’d like to join Paul in providing lawn care services in your area, ask us today about our next virtual training academy – 0116 275 9005.