100th customer for Berkshire lawn care franchise

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.

 

Successful first year with 100th customer

Successful first year with 100th customer

A Stebbing businessman has celebrated finishing his first full year operating his professional lawn care franchise by acquiring his 100th customer.

Martyn Horton, the owner of TruGreen Professional LawnCare East Herts and North Essex, has taken his business from a standing start in April 2015 to where it is today, serving 100 customers across his territory. Martyn launched his TruGreen business after finishing a career in financial services and he has seen his business go from strength to strength during his first year.

Martyn said: “I’ve had a fantastic first 12 months with TruGreen and I’m so pleased to have picked up my 100th customer. It feels great to be working in my local area, serving residents and making a difference to the lawns across East Hertfordshire and North Essex.

“I swapped the commute to London for something more enjoyable, which has allowed me to focus on my passion for horticulture. My long-term goal is to be a trusted employer of local people, offering apprenticeships and other opportunities for young people to learn a trade. This will allow me to offer bespoke lawn care services to more customers than ever before. ”

TruGreen brand operations manager, and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch commented: “Martyn 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.”

 

Established lawn care franchise expands into Bromley

Established lawn care franchise expands into Bromley

A lawn care business owner has expanded his operation by purchasing the franchise licence to operate in Bromley, 11 years after launching his lawn care business in Epsom.

Michael Beecheno, owner of TruGreen Professional LawnCare Epsom and now Bromley, has expanded the business and taken on a new member of staff, Chris Collis to manage the delivery of lawn care services to customers in the area. This expansion will open up new opportunities and will allow the business to serve hundreds of new customers.

Michael said: “Expanding the business into a new area will be challenging, but I hope to see my business grow and thrive. With Chris on board also, our Bromley customers are in good hands and will receive a fantastic service. The goal since we launched in 2004 has been to offer a friendly and professional lawn care service to local residents and our priority is to ensure every customer receives the service that they expect and deserve. Our customers always come first.”

TruGreen brand operations manager, and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch commented: “Michael operates a very successful business and expanding into the new territory is testament to the strength of the TruGreen brand nationally and Michael’s franchise locally.”

Chris added: “I’m excited to be joining the business and with the spring season nearly upon us, now is the time to seek help to transform your lawn after the mild winter has left weeds and moss behind.”

TruGreen is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which is based in Leicestershire and has been franchising for over 55 years in the UK.

Record-breaking first year for Kingsclere lawn care business

Record-breaking first year for Kingsclere lawn care business

A Kingsclere businessman has broken records in the franchise network he operates in after acquiring over 100 customers in his first year of operation. Mike Lethbridge, the owner of TruGreen Professional LawnCare Newbury and Basingstoke has taken his business from a standing start in 2015 to employing two technicians, adding another vehicle to service new and existing customers, purchasing another territory and finishing within the top third of the best performing TruGreen franchisees.

Mike launched his TruGreen business after finishing an extensive career in IT and financial services. After the rapid growth of his business in year one, he decided to expand his operation into Winchester and Salisbury and take on two new members of staff, Chris Jolley and James Brown, both of Kingsclere.

Mike said: “I’ve achieved far more than I expected in my first year with TruGreen and I’ve been delighted with how quickly the businesses reputation has grown throughout Newbury and Basingstoke. One of my goals was to invest in young, local people and I’ve been able to do that by bringing on and training two new members of staff, who are both as enthusiastic about lawn care as I am. As a business we’re really excited to be expanding in Winchester and Salisbury also and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

TruGreen brand operations manager, and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch commented: “TruGreen has never seen a new business owner acquire over 100 customers as quickly as Mike has and we congratulate him on a fantastic first year. He is a credit to the TruGreen network and his determination to bring on new staff, expand his territory and continue to offer a fantastic service is second to none.”

Mike added “With spring around the corner, 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. ”

TruGreen is a franchise of Leicestershire-based, ServiceMaster Limited, which has been established in the UK since 1959.

TruGreen reports 27% growth in 2015

Revenue for national lawn care franchise, TruGreen Professional LawnCare grew by 27% in 2015, following significant investment into its local marketing support, digital strategy and operating model.

The company, which provides professional lawn care services to domestic customers across the country, saw a rise in product sales, customer numbers and franchise fees during the year, leading to a five year record level revenue.

TruGreen brand operations manager and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch said:

“In late 2014, we refocused the franchise network on sales, with customer acquisition our main goal during the key lawn care seasons. We recruited a number of new franchisees, which injected enthusiasm into the network and our increase in customer numbers led to more product sales and in turn, more fees. Our growth is not a surprise to us as we strongly believe in our model and operating systems. We’ve coached and built a great network that has the technical skills and business aptitude to return fantastic results.”

TruGreen UK is part of the world’s largest lawn care franchise, which launched in the US in 1973 and is part of franchisor, ServiceMaster in the UK.

ServiceMaster managing director, Alan Lewin added: “The TruGreen network has shown resilience and continues to grow to its highest level for five years. Our vision at ServiceMaster is for our franchise brands to offer a best in class service and it’s clear from the results that the TruGreen network is fulfilling that goal.”

Bedfordshire lawn care business shortlisted in 2015 bfa HSBC Franchise of the Year Awards

A Buckinghamshire man whose recession-busting lawn care business has grown year-on-year, has been shortlisted for a national award.

Les Graves, 59, is one of three finalists in the ‘Micro’ business category at the 2015 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards supported by Express Newspapers, for his TruGreen Professional LawnCare franchise.

A factory manager for over 30 years before being made redundant, Les is the owner of TruGreen South Bedfordshire, a lawn care business which now employs his son Stephen as a manager, who joined him in 2013.

By the end of 2014, Les’ Bedfordshire lawn care business had 300 customers and a turnover of almost £60,000; turnover in the first six months of 2015 is up 60%, year-on-year.

In 2014 he was named TruGreen Franchisee of the Year by franchisor, ServiceMaster, which has been trading in the UK for over 55 years.

Les said: “It’s such a privilege to be considered amongst the best and brightest franchisees in the UK. The journey to this point has been challenging but hard work has paid off and we’re now waiting in anticipation for the results in October.”

Alan Lewin, managing director with franchisor ServiceMaster added: “TruGreen is a fantastic franchise opportunity and Les’ shortlisting is testament to the strength of the brand and its success. Les was the standout franchisee within the TruGreen network in 2014 and we hope he can repeat that feat this year too.”

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The bfa awards showcase the diversity of excellence in the franchise sector, encouraging businesses of all sizes and sectors to demonstrate their outstanding achievements.

Winners will be announced at a black tie dinner on 1st October at the Town Hall, Birmingham.

Edinburgh resident launches first Scottish TruGreen franchise

Local Edinburgh resident, David Inglis, 34, has launched his own business and the first Scottish, TruGreen Professional LawnCare franchise, as the gardening season moves into full swing.

David, who previously held a career in training and development with HSBC, invested in the franchise, which is part of the world’s largest lawn care business, after developing a passion for outdoors work and a desire to run his own business. TruGreen operates across the UK, helping customers create beautiful lawns by using the latest technology and expertise in grass growing. David will serve a potential 115,000 customers to the west of Edinburgh.

David said: “I’ve spent many years helping my colleagues develop in their careers and I felt the time was right to look at my own options and make an investment into my future. TruGreen affords me the opportunity to manage my own business, work closely with customers, all with the support of a national company behind me.

“I have big plans for the business, with both apprenticeships and ex-forces recruitment a major part of the company’s development. I’m armed with expert training, lawn care knowledge and the professional equipment to start creating stunning, healthy lawns for customers and I’m looking forward to the new challenge before me.”

TruGreen is a franchise of Leicestershire-based, ServiceMaster Limited, which has been established in the UK since 1959. Each new TruGreen franchisee undertakes a two week, intensive training academy at ServiceMaster’s head office, during which time they achieve their qualification in pesticide application from the National Proficiency Council and full technical training from TruGreen’s brand operations manager and ex-Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch.

Steve added: “David already had the passion and drive to start his business and we were able to provide the skills and knowledge so that he may offer his customers the very best, bespoke, lawn care service. With 35 years’ professional lawn care experience, the hands-on, technical support is unrivalled in the industry.”

April 2015: Financial Services Executive swaps tie for overalls as lawn care franchise is launched

As we enter the busiest season for lawn care, gardening and DIY, Stebbing-resident and former Financial Services Executive, Martyn Horton has launched his own business after buying into the professional lawn care franchise, TruGreen.

Part of the world’s largest lawn care business, TruGreen UK operates across the country, helping customers create beautiful lawns by using the latest technology and expertise in grass growing.

Prior to buying the franchise license to operate across East Hertfordshire and North Essex, serving a potential 130,000 customers, Martyn spent 10 years working in Financial Services in the City.

Martyn said: “I wanted a change of lifestyle and to swap the commute to London for something more enjoyable. Investing in TruGreen offered me a great opportunity to enjoy my work, learn some new skills, work closely with customers and build a successful business. I have big plans for the franchise and my long-term goal is to be a trusted employer of local people, offering apprenticeships and other opportunities for young people to learn a trade.

“My aim is for TruGreen East Hertfordshire and North Essex is to be known as a bespoke, value for money, premium service. With the support from TruGreen head office and the network of lawn care professionals, I am confident in the investment I have made.”

TruGreen is a franchise of Leicestershire-based, ServiceMaster Limited, which has been established in the UK since 1959. Each new TruGreen franchisee undertakes a two week, intensive training academy at ServiceMaster’s head office, during which time they achieve their qualification in pesticide application from the National Proficiency Council and full technical training from TruGreen’s brand operations manager and ex-Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch.

Steve added: “Martyn has all the skills, knowledge and equipment to offer his customers the very best, bespoke, lawn care service. With 35 years’ professional lawn care experience, the hands-on, technical support is unrivalled in the industry.”

March 2015: ServiceMaster finalists for two Franchise Marketing Awards

ServiceMaster’s marketing team has been recognised as a finalist for no less than two Franchise Marketing Awards. The team entered the categories Best Online Marketing Campaignand Best Overall Marketing Campaign in the tenth year of the awards.

Head of Marketing at ServiceMaster, Hannah Banfield said: “We are so pleased to be recognised as finalists in this years’ Franchise Marketing Awards. Reaching this stage is a tremendous effort and testament to the hard work the entire team has put in to making this business a success.”

Judging will take place at The British and International Franchise Exhibition at London’s Olympia in March.

February 2015: Garden enthusiast relocates to invest in professional lawn care business

Garden enthusiast, Barrie Dixon, has relocated to Sandhurst, Berkshire and launched his own professional lawn care franchise to serve residents in South East Berkshire and North West Surrey.

With 12 years’ experience in the gardening and lawn care industry, Barrie, 37, moved his family to the area after investing in TruGreen Professional LawnCare, part of the world’s largest lawn care business, operating along J1-4 of the M3. His passion for working outdoors, one-to-one with customers and his desire to manage his own business, led him to invest in the established franchise.

Barrie has big plans for the business and aims to grow to be a multi-van operation, employing a local workforce and eventually offering apprenticeship opportunities.

Barrie said: “With the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired to date and my newly gained professional qualifications, I am able to offer customers the very best lawn care service. I am excited about the opportunity and hope to make a difference to local residents, in terms of creating beautiful lawns and employment opportunities. With Merrist Wood College on our doorstep, we are perfectly located to offer the next generation of professionals a great start on the career ladder.”

TruGreen is a franchise of Leicestershire-based, ServiceMaster Limited, which has been established in the UK since 1959. Each new TruGreen franchisee undertakes a two week, intensive training academy at ServiceMaster’s head office, during which time they achieve their qualification in pesticide application from the National Proficiency Council and full technical training from TruGreen’s operations manager and ex-Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch.

Steve added: “TruGreen offers the highest level service to customers across the UK. With our knowledge and experience in all things lawn care, customers should look no further. We are confident Barrie’s business will succeed and his investment will benefit both him and the local area.”

Barrie relocated from Forest Park, Berkshire to Sandhurst and launched his business in February 2015.

Record-breaking first year for Kingsclere lawn care business

February 2015: Kingsclere resident launches professional lawn care business

With the key growing season fast approaching, Kingsclere resident, Mike Lethbridge has launched a professional lawn service business after investing in a leading lawn care franchise.

With a distinguished career spanning 25 years in IT and financial services, Mike chose to take a change of direction and invest in TruGreen Professional LawnCare, which is part of the world’s largest lawn care business. The franchise, based from Mike’s home in Kingsclere, will serve customers across Newbury and Basingstoke and offer bespoke lawn care services and tailored packages for each customer.

Founded in 1973, TruGreen is a worldwide company serving over 3.5 million customers and with a proven pedigree, gives Mike a firm foundation to build his business in the area.

Mike said: “Choosing to invest in a franchise was an easy decision and with TruGreen’s many years’ expertise, my customers will receive the very best technical service. I didn’t want to buy myself a job or another career so I’ve invested long-term in a business that I’m confident will be successful and add value to my customers. I also wanted to invest in the local area and by managing my own business, I plan to bring in and train young people.”

TruGreen is a franchise of Leicestershire-based, ServiceMaster Limited, which has been established in the UK since 1959. Each new TruGreen franchisee undertakes a two week, intensive training academy at ServiceMaster’s head office, during which time they achieve their qualification in pesticide application from the National Proficiency Council and full technical training from TruGreen’s operations manager and ex-Wembley head groundsman, Steve Welch.

Steve added: “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. Mike’s investment represents a belief in the brand and a commitment to offer the best technical service to his customers.”

December 2014: Former Grenadier Guardsman launches new franchise in Cumbria

TruGreen, the world’s largest lawn care company, has expanded its operation into the Cumbria/Lancashire region, after selling a franchise license to lawn care professional and former Grenadier Guardsman, Ian Goodman.

Originally from the North West, Ian held a career in security and management spanning 23 years and prior to that, served for 11 years as a Grenadier Guardsman becoming a Lance Sergeant. He decided to exchange his suit for a different outfit altogether, after choosing to launch the TruGreen franchise. With a passion for the outdoors and a desire to help customers on a one-to-one basis, Ian chose to invest in a TruGreen business and relocate back to the North West to serve residents and small businesses across the area. Ian continues to serve within the Territorial Army as a Sergeant Infantry Training Instructor.

Founded in 1973, TruGreen came to the UK in 2004 and is owned by national franchisor ServiceMaster Limited, which celebrates its 55th year in business in 2014. TruGreen serves 3.4 million customers worldwide with bespoke, professional lawn care services.

Ian said: “TruGreen has given me the opportunity to run and manage my own business, whilst utilising the full support of ServiceMaster. I have big plans for the business and aim to employ a local workforce to help grow and develop TruGreen Cumbria. I’m a big believer in the value of apprenticeships and my goal for the business is to set up a training scheme to bring young professionals through.”

TruGreen’s operations brand manager and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch, added: “Ian is a dedicated professional and fits the profile of TruGreen business owner to a tee. The brand is expanding quickly and has enjoyed a very promising 2014, which we are confident will continue into 2015 and beyond.”

All new TruGreen business owners undertake a two-week intensive training academy at ServiceMaster’s head office in Leicester, prior to launching their businesses.

Headed up by operations brand manager and former Wembley Grounds Manager, Steve Welch, the academy teaches TruGreen franchisees all aspects of running and operating a professional lawn care company.

After successfully completing the training, Ian achieved a City Guilds Qualification and now holds a licence to operate Pesticides. All TruGreen technicians are equipped with the knowledge and the correct qualifications to deliver a high-level service to all our customers.

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December 2014: TruGreen launches first Northern Ireland franchise

A professional lawn care business has been launched by two brothers from Derry/Londonderry, after they purchased the first Northern Ireland franchise from the world’s largest lawn care company, TruGreen.

With a family history of farming dating back to the 17th century and experience in both green keeping and agriculture, Alan and Trevor Lynch are perfectly suited to owning and operating their own lawn care business. The franchise will operate in the west of the Province including Derry/Londonderry, Tyrone and Fermanagh.

Alan said: “We’ve been looking at options to work together for a number of years and both agreed that TruGreen was the right choice for us. With my experience in horticulture and Trevor’s 20 years in agriculture, we have the skills and knowledge to help our customers create beautiful lawns.”

Trevor added: “We wanted a family orientated business that we could grow and develop, whilst working closely with customers. Our family history is horticulture/agriculture and we’ve always wanted to get back to our roots and use our natural abilities. We’re excited to get going and work with customers.”

TruGreen was founded in the US in 1973 and came to the UK in 1990. The franchise is owned by ServiceMaster Limited, which celebrates its 55th year in business in 2014. The company offers a complete lawn care service to help customers achieve a healthy, weed-free, beautiful lawn.

TruGreen’s operation brand manager and former FA Groundsman of the Year, Steve Welch commented: “Trevor and Alan have all the right characteristics to run a successful TruGreen franchise. As our first franchise in Northern Ireland, we are optimistic about the success that the TruGreen brand will have and the value of the service to customers.”

TruGreen Northern Ireland West will operate from its base in Derry/Londonderry from December 1st 2014.

November 2014: South Bedfordshire lawn care business wins top franchise award

A father and son lawn care business in South Bedfordshire, has been presented the Franchisee of the Year award at a national franchise conference, after only launching their business four years ago.

TruGreen South Bedfordshire, a franchise of ServiceMaster Limited, which celebrates its 55th year in business in 2014, picked up the Franchisee of the Year award at the ServiceMaster Limited 2014 national conference, held in Leicester. The award is the most prestigious within the TruGreen network, which operates professional lawn care services across the UK.

Les Graves, director of TruGreen South Bedfordshire said: “This award means a lot to us personally as its recognition for all the hard work that has gone into making our business a success. We always put our customers first and have found referrals play a big part in building a successful operation. We want to invest back into the area and have plan to take on more local staff in 2015.”

ServiceMaster Limited’s managing director, Alan Lewin added: “TruGreen South Bedfordshire has worked hard to achieve its award and has displayed the highest achievement within the TruGreen network. Les and his son Stephen have shown superb results and they are a real asset to the ServiceMaster Limited franchise network.”

TruGreen South Bedfordshire was set up by Les and Stephen Graves in 2010 and has built up a large customer base in Luton, Dunstable and the surrounding villages. The company offers all types of lawn care services to help customers achieve, healthy, green lawns.

TruGreen West Yorkshire

September 2014: New owner for lawn care business in West Yorkshire

A local businessman has taken control of a thriving lawn care franchise following the very sad death of its former owner, Bob Anderson. The business, which operates across West Yorkshire, was launched in 2004 by Bob and his wife, Anne and has grown from strength-to-strength in that time.

Mr Anderson’s successor, Darren White, is relishing the opportunity to continue and develop TruGreen West Yorkshire and bring in new staff to help grow the business. A former postman and DPD franchise owner, Darren has local and technical knowledge to offer customers award-winning lawn care programmes and treatments.

Darren said: “Bob was highly regarded within the lawn care industry and the TruGreen national franchise network and it’s an honour to be serving his customers. Alongside my wife, Rachel, we aim to build a successful operation, employing more local staff as the business develops.”

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.

Steve said: “Bob’s passing was a real tragedy and he will be greatly missed. We are so pleased that Darren has joined the TruGreen family and is committed to building the business that Bob and Anne started 10 years ago. They were passionate about changing tired-looking gardens into beautiful, attractive lawns and this reflects the ethos of Darren also.”

Darren commenced trading as TruGreen West Yorkshire in mid-August, following his graduation from ServiceMaster Ltd’s training academy in August.

August 2014: Herts lawn care business under new ownership

A successful lawn care business operating across Hertfordshire is under new ownership, following a buyout by local businessman, Andy Hazell.

TruGreen Hertfordshire is part of the world’s largest and most successful lawn care company and is a franchise of Leicester-based ServiceMaster Limited. The business started trading in 2004 but was sold by former owner Ed Lawrence in a deal that included vehicles, equipment and its loyal customer base.

Originally a sales and account manager in London, Hazell (26) from St Albans, underwent intensive training from one of the lawn care industry’s most experienced professionals and TruGreen operations brand manager, Steve Welch. The business will continue to trade as TruGreen Hertfordshire under a new five-year, rolling franchise agreement.

Andy said: “The large investment I’ve made into the business is testament to both its current success and potential to double in size. In the New Year, I will be investing further to bring in more staff to help handle the workload and expand the operation from where it is now.”

“The decision to purchase a franchise rather than start my own business came from over six months of research into the options. ServiceMaster is one of the oldest franchisors in the UK and TruGreen is a reputable brand with great prospects. I hope my investment will benefit the area of Hertfordshire in terms of creating jobs in the long term.”

Ed Lawrence added: “I’m pleased that somebody of Andy’s calibre has bought the business I know he will take it forward and continue the good work we have done so far. I wish him all the best.”

Steve Welch concluded: “TruGreen has a proven franchise model and offers customers the best service available. Andy has the local knowledge and expertise to ensure his customers receive the lawn care they deserve.”

Established lawn care business for sale in Hertfordshire

Asking price: NOW SOLD

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

The business has been operating since 2004, providing a range of professional lawn care services to lawns in St Albans, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Chesham, Cholesbury, Chorleywood  and surrounding areas.

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.

Included in the sale:

  • Equipment & stock
  • Vehicle
  • A 5 year renewable franchise licence
  • A two week training ‘Academy’ prior to trading, fully preparing you for business
  • On-going support and training from a Franchisor with over 50 years franchising experience
  • Technical support
  • Marketing support and assistance
  • Access to Operations manual, marketing material, Health & Safety information and documentation.

For further details on this sale, please download and complete the Non Disclosure Form and contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

June 2014: Grassroots business launches in Loughborough

A Barrow upon Soar resident has launched his TruGreen business, one of the UK’s leading professional lawn care franchises. Paul Doherty, a graduate of Brooksby College, Melton Mowbray, set up the business following a successful career in motor and agricultural sales and will operate across Loughborough and North Leicestershire.

With a passion for the outdoors and experience in agriculture, Paul selected a TruGreen franchise to start his self-employed journey. The TruGreen brand is owned and operated by ServiceMaster Limited, based in Leicester, and offers professional, bespoke lawn care services to homeowners.

Paul said: “I wanted to start a local business that my children could join me in in the future. TruGreen is well set up to help fledgling businesses like mine develop quickly. The amount of technical expertise and business experience available to a franchisee is unparalleled and the TruGreen model means I can interact with my customers personally, which is a large part of why I chose this franchise opportunity. I am excited about the adventure ahead and passionate about changing tired-looking gardens into beautiful, attractive lawns.”

Paul has already signed nearly 30 new customers across North Leicestershire since inception and is working hard to build the business in his locale.

Steve Welch, TruGreen brand operations manager with over 30 years’ turf industry experience added: “Paul has all the right criteria to run a successful TruGreen business and with the wealth of experience available at his disposal from ServiceMaster, I’m confident all his customers will be truly satisfied with his service. Signing up nearly 30 customers already is a great start for Paul’s business.”

TruGreen Loughborough is currently offering a free, 14-Point Lawn Analysis, with no obligation to sign up to the many lawn care plans available.

May 2014: ServiceMaster employee scoops national franchise award

Hannah Banfield, head of marketing at ServiceMaster Limited, one of the UK’s biggest franchisors, has scooped a national franchise award at the 2014 NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards.

Collecting the Women Franchisor Employee of the Year award at the prestigious ceremony held at RBS House in London, Hannah was up against tough competition from national franchisors, Extra Help and diddi dance. The award, sponsored by The Franchise Show, was given to Hannah as a result of consistent positive results, most notably a highly successful online national campaign that resulted in a 21% increase in visitor traffic and a local marketing plan for one specific business that achieved over 35% growth on the previous year.

Hannah said: “I’m so pleased to receive this award; it’s a real honour to be recognised amongst all the excellent franchisors in the UK. ServiceMaster is doing great things and my team has worked extremely hard to get to where we are today.”

Alan Lewin, managing director of ServiceMaster Limited added: “We are extremely proud of Hannah winning this award. It’s testament to all the hard work of Hannah, her team and the wider staff and the entire company will take pride in this achievement. ”

EWIF is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage women to buy a franchise business, to franchise their existing business or to help existing franchise operations to attract more female franchisees. The organisation’s regular meetings across the country are extremely well attended.

TruGreen Open Day

Date: 18th October 2014

Time: 10am start

Location: TruGreen Head Office (ServiceMaster House, Leicester, LE18 4WS – 10 mins from Jct21 M1)

Come and find out more about what it’s really like to be a TruGreen lawn care franchise owner at our TruGreen Open Day.

Our TruGreen Open Day is geared around enabling you to find out everything you need to know before making the decision to invest in your own TruGreen lawn care franchise. You’ll get to meet with our Network Manager to discuss the technical side of the business; our Marketing Team to explore ways in which to market your business and gain new customers and our Recruitment Team who will be on hand to take you through the finer points of investing in a franchise. We’ll also have existing franchisees on hand to speak to and equipment and machinery to handle and view as well.

We’re combining our TruGreen Open Day with our sister brand Merry Maids so you’ll also have the opportunity to explore the benefits of running a domestic cleaning franchise. Perhaps a friend or family member has always said that they’d love to run their own management business….why not bring them along!? 

What are you waiting for?

Check out our Agenda for the day Open Day Agenda

Our TruGreen Open Days gets booked up quickly so be sure to contact us to reserve your place TODAY!

We look forward to hearing from you.