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What are the Advantages of Franchising?

What can franchising do for you?

Franchising is a relationship between franchisor and franchisee wherein the latter buys into a brand to trade under their brand name using their products, services, and business model.

But why is this beneficial?

At TruGreen, we have been franchising in the UK since 2004 under the franchisor ServiceMaster Ltd, one of the founding members of the British Franchise Association in 1977.

So, it’s fair to say we know a fair bit about franchising.

There are many advantages of franchising for aspiring entrepreneurs, and we’ll discuss them in this blog post.

  1. Reduced risk

For anyone starting a new business, there is an element of risk involved?

Are your products and services good? Will people buy from you? What happens if something goes wrong?

With a franchise, you quiet many nagging worries that plague new business owners by working with people who have done it all before.

A franchisor knows their model works, they know its services sell – and the market for them.

Should you encounter an issue, it is likely that the franchisor and other franchisees in your network have been there before and already have a solution.

If you work with a top franchisor like ServiceMaster Brands UK, the risk of your business failing is greatly reduced compared to striking out on your own.

  1. An established brand

As a franchise, you’ll work with an established brand name.

Brand awareness is a vital part of any business’s marketing strategy.

As a franchisee, you’re not building this from the ground up, as your brand is likely to already have a presence in your area and the psyche of your prospective customers.

This can give you an edge over competitors, help to inspire customer advocacy and loyalty and provide you with more sales opportunities.

  1. Quality leadership and lower operating costs

As your franchisor, we will train you and help you identify the best strategies to manage your business operations effectively while keeping your costs low.

Operating as a franchise, especially one that has been trading for as long as we have, means you follow a business model that has been tailor-made to create IMPACT as effectively as possible.

You’ll do this while working to a budget relative and curated to the business model and estimation of where you should be at every stage of your business journey – from the beginning of day one to the end of your time with us.

We’re also working hard to make our business more sustainable – including how we conduct our administration and support processes.

At TruGreen, our work is all about keeping it green, from the lawns our franchisees work on, to the centralised support they can access.

This year, we’re curating environmentally conscious practices by moving to digital for our franchise resources for both recruitment and support – meaning that we create less carbon emissions and waste, while still supporting our franchisees to thrive.

This can roll out across our entire network with the larger support function we can provide as a franchisor, and would be harder to implement as a standalone business.

Furthermore, this also becomes a selling point for our franchisees, who can help their customers feel secure in the knowledge that they are working with an ethical and responsible company.

  1. Simplified procurement processes

Another advantage of franchising is access to quality suppliers and better deals, so you’re not marketing or advertising from scratch.

Our six-strong marketing team is dedicated to supporting you with your local marketing plans and delivering nationwide campaigns and strategies that boost the brand’s profile brand across the UK.

We’ll also conduct market research on the best potential locations and share the findings with you.

Your business will benefit from these promotions managed by us as the franchisor through the brand awareness, recognition and advocacy they generate.

We’ll also conduct market research on the best potential locations and share the findings with you.

This can also mean that any local procurement and partnership you wish to undertake will be made easier through our support.

For example, TruGreen was recently privileged to be the first lawn care provider in the UK to provide Acelepryn treatments for leatherjackets and chafer grubs.

See what a TruGreen franchise can do for you

Be in business for yourself, not by yourself with a TruGreen franchise, and capitalise on the massive opportunity in the expanding UK lawn care market by contacting our franchise sales team today.

Call 116 275 9000 or book an intro call with our Franchise Sales Manager to learn more about franchising with TruGreen UK.

TruGreen UK becomes an official partner of Life After Professional Sport

TruGreen is one of three ServiceMaster UK brands to team up with LAPS to offer lucrative and scalable franchise opportunities to former professional athletes.

Have you ever wondered what happens to athletes after they retire from their sport?

That’s where LAPS come in.

Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) is a careers resource platform offering advice, networking and job opportunities for future, current and former athletes.

Our partnership

As partners, three ServiceMaster Brands UK brands – ServiceMaster Clean, TruGreen, and ServiceMaster Restore – are three of ten brands that work exclusively with LAPS to provide entrepreneurial opportunities to former athletes across a range of sports.

These sports are typically football, cricket, tennis, rugby and athletics, but they have supported sportspeople in sports like snooker, cheerleading and more to build their new life after retiring from the sport.

The TruGreen UK Franchise Opportunity

TruGreen’s roots can be traced back to 1973, when the company was founded in Michigan, USA and was purchased by ServiceMaster in 1990, bringing exceptional lawn care services to the UK from across The Atlantic.

Since then, the TruGreen brand has become synonymous with exceptional service, the highest standard of tailored lawn care treatments and technological advancement both behind the scenes and in their service offering.

Through unique systems for success and market-leading products and services, we’re always looking ahead for ways to advance lawn care franchising.

Our next advancement offers exceptional franchise opportunities to athletes looking to step off the pitch while still keeping it green.

Alan Lewin, Managing Director of ServiceMaster Brands UK, says:

“There are a lot of similarities between what makes a great professional athlete and a brilliant entrepreneur. From discipline to motivation, commitment and the desire to play to win. Our partnership with LAPS is a way we can help sportspeople bridge that gap and become great business leaders.”

“Our brands present an opportunity for athletes to find their next steps through a scalable management franchise, all while benefitting from years of business experience, a proven model and centralised support from a renowned franchisor to help them be in business for themselves, not by themselves.”

ServiceMaster Brands UK Franchise Recruitment Manager Matt Fowler adds:

“ServiceMaster UK is proud to partner with Life After Professional Sport, supporting their members as they transition from professional sport into new chapters of their lives.”

“Together, we’re united in our aim to provide essential resources and guidance for those considering a franchise as part of their new chapter. I am delighted to have secured this partnership and look forward to working closely with the LAPS Team and their members.”

Robbie Simpson, former professional footballer and LAPS co-founder, adds:

“LAPS was founded to help sportspeople understand their huge potential in the workplace and connect them with opportunities and dynamic businesses that recognise that potential.”

“Sportspeople are a hugely diverse bunch, and here at LAPS, we work with businesses in various ways. Franchises can be a great way for athletes to build their own businesses with a supportive team behind them. ServiceMaster Group share our values in understanding what athletes can do in the business world, and we can’t wait to see what this partnership yields.”

Are you a sports professional?

If you’re looking for your next opportunity after a professional sports career, you might find your future with TruGreen UK.

Call 0116 275 9000 or book an intro call with ServiceMaster UK Franchise Recruitment Manager today to learn more.

TruGreen UK seeks to recruit six ambitious lawn care franchise business partners by the end of 2024

Looking for your next business opportunity? You just found your people.

With over 30 years of franchising experience across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, TruGreen UK is springing into 2024 with ambitious goals to help driven entrepreneurs expand their portfolio with a proven franchise opportunity.

Who is TruGreen UK?

TruGreen UK is a brand under ServiceMaster, a prestigious figure in the worldwide franchising sector and has been franchising as ServiceMaster Brands UK for over six decades, offering entrepreneurs the chance to be in business for themselves, not by themselves.

ServiceMaster was founded in 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, by former minor-league baseball player Marion E. Wade as a moth-proofing company and began franchising in 1952.

TruGreen is the largest lawn care franchise in the world and has been franchised in the UK since 1990.

We are renowned for delivering professional lawn care services to the consumer, as well as being recognised as a money-making business opportunity for entrepreneurs across the country.

Shifting up a gear

With over 400 franchise territories across the UK and aspirations to recruit our next six TruGreen franchisees this year, 2024 is already big for ServiceMaster Brands UK.

Kicking off the year, ServiceMaster welcomed a new Franchise Sales Manager and partnered with Life After Professional Sport, making ServiceMaster Clean, ServiceMaster Restore, and TruGreen in the UK three of ten trusted brands to provide the next steps for professional athletes looking for their next opportunity.

We’re also working hard to make our business more sustainable in every way – including how we conduct our business processes.

This year, we’re curating environmentally conscious practices by moving to digital for our franchise resources for both recruitment and support – meaning that we create less carbon emissions and waste, while still supporting our franchisees to thrive.

At TruGreen, our work is all about keeping it green, from the lawns our franchisees work on, to the centralised support they can access.

These changes mark a distinct shift in gear.

While as a franchisor, ServiceMaster Brands UK will always stay true to our unwavering dedication to supporting our partners to thrive, our focus for the road ahead is ambition.

Within TruGreen, we are looking to recruit six new franchise business owners in 2024 in areas like:

  • Leicester
  • Nottingham
  • Cambridge
  • Norwich
  • Birmingham
  • Liverpool

The Opportunity Ahead

TruGreen UK offers a lucrative opportunity for business-minded individuals who want to grow a scalable, multi-unit operation with a significant return and asset value through a unique model for success within an expansive industry with high demand and no growth ceiling.

If you want to develop a scalable business by using every aspect of the support TruGreen offers, we have the tools to help you grow.

Though our business is service-focused, the opportunity is for a sales and marketing business, not owner-operated outfits.

From day one, a franchisee’s role will be running the business as a manager to develop the business through structured sales and marketing plans.

With TruGreen, you do growth work, not grunt work.

Our brand provides provide the structure. It’s your job to get in and drive.

Sound good?

Find your future with TruGreen UK by calling 0116 275 9000 or booking an intro call with our Franchise Recruitment Manager today to learn more.

How TruGreen helps you grow within the lawn care market

Growing Lawns: A flourishing market

As an aspiring entrepreneur, you want the best for your business.

Naturally, a vital assessment to make before you invest is that of the market you’ll be working and trading in.

With so many markets, identifying the right market for you is essential.

We’ve worked in the lawn care market for over 30 years, making us best-placed to help savvy investors capitalise on the growth opportunity.

Here’s all you need to know about the lawn care market.

  1. Market Size

The size of the lawn care market is constantly growing.

87% of households in the UK have a garden, which equates to over 23 million homes in the UK where you can make money. And counting…

Over 200,000 new homes are built in the UK each year, meaning your investment value grows yearly, too.

  1. Urgency and desire for service

Homeowners in the UK are trending to follow that of the United States, where the lawn care market was born and is estimated to be valued at around $100 billion annually.

Time-poor but house-proud residents know the value of a lush green lawn free of weeds.

But, they often struggle to maintain the garden on their own.

There are many reasons for homeowners to desire professional lawn care treatments.

Whether that is to save time, energy, and money or to make the neighbours green with envy,

Homeowners facing damage from increased weather issues (which have also increased in recent years) have a more pressing need for professional treatment.

In these situations, lawn care professionals are often the only option for desperate lawn lovers needing urgent, expert help.

Moreover, in some cases, lawn care professionals become essential due to their access to exclusive products and equipment.

This growing desire has contributed to the development of the market.

All this means the market has a 1.78% CAGR 2024-2028.

  1. Financial Performance and Pricing Potential

The per-person revenue in the lawn and garden market in the UK in 2024 (using total population figures) is around £133.

In contrast, the average customer spend for a TruGreen franchise business is £285 a year – with the potential to grow to £384 by Year 5!

A 1% market share in a territory of 166,815 households amounts to 1668 customers.

Therefore, the estimated average revenue potential annually is around half a million pounds!

  1. Evergreen potential

Evergreen potential is the amount of an offering that requires less additional work to continue to sell your product.

Working on a TruGreen business requires repeated, concerted sales and marketing efforts.

These are easily differentiated by quarter to be seasonally repeated.

As an investor, your focus is in a business development capacity, working with us to grow your operation, with the goal of growth and expansion through oversight.

However, the repeated nature of the sales and marketing content means that much of our offering is evergreen, and any changes that do occur within the market or from an operational standpoint will be forecast and managed through our centralised team of experts and support staff.

Are you looking to invest in a flourishing market?

If you want to invest in a business that capitalises on a thriving market, look no further than TruGreen UK.

To learn more about what we offer and how we support you to succeed in the lucrative lawn care market, book a TruGreen brand intro call with our Franchise Recruitment Manager today.

How to write an effective and reliable business plan

The essentials of writing a great business plan.

So, you’re ready to write your business plan.

First of all, congratulations on deciding to go into business!

The business plan is one of the first (and most important) documents to complete when starting a business.

Making it a good one is vital for many reasons.

Whether it is to apply for finance, attract a business partner or give you a clear path to achieving your business dreams, ensure that your plan achieves what you set out for it to do.

What needs to be covered in a business plan?

Executive Summary

The purpose of your Executive Summary is to make your business proposition understood by others.

Think of it as a short paragraph outlining what your business is and what it sets out to achieve.

Business Description

In addition to your summary, the business description should further detail your business’s purpose.

Here are some key questions to consider when writing this section.

  • What are the products/services it will provide?
  • What is its overall structure?
  • How will it achieve the business goals?

Market Analysis

This section is dedicated to the research underpinning your decision to go into business.

It includes market, competitor, and customer research.

It may be helpful to use SWOT analysis here.

People & Processes

Outline the people and processes that will be used to run the business effectively.

Organisational charts and process maps are your friends when constructing this section.

Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy

How will you attract customers/clients?

In this section, describe the activities that will take place to attract customers to enquire and buy from you.


Reveal the financial goals and expectations of the business in this section.

This proves the financial viability of the business.

Profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheets are good models here.

How a franchise model helps your business plan

With a franchise business like TruGreen, you have the support of a world-renowned franchisor and nationwide brand.

As a result, the stress of writing a business plan is massively alleviated as much of the content is pre-established.

Can’t think of a sales pitch? We can.

We already have.

With over 30 years of experience in what we do, our proposition (delivering professional and expert lawn care treatments to lawn lovers across the UK) is already set out.

As are our core services, the market, competitor and customer research.

TruGreen’s systems for success have been tried, tested and proven to provide excellent results.

As a global name in lawn care for over 30 years, TruGreen helps entrepreneurs thrive by providing the support to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself.

Our model gives you the support, tools, technology, and expertise in operations, sales, marketing, and recruitment to set up a thriving business in a matter of weeks.

Thus granting you the opportunity to turn over up to £72,000 in Sales Revenue and £55,000 in Gross Profit in the first year alone.

Working with our dedicated team, you’ll have support in your operational, sales and marketing activities to ensure you hit the ground running and are on the path to continued growth and success.

This includes a comprehensive starter pack that contains all the marketing and branding materials you need to make a great first impression.


  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Vehicle branding package
  • Fully bespoke and maintained website
  • Pre-launch support from over 40 head office staff
  • Products, equipment, uniforms, stationery
  • Pre-planned Marketing Launch: local PR, Google Ads and a leaflet drop, targeted directly at your key customer base
  • TruGreen Bespoke Business Management System

As part of a franchise business, you’ll still be writing a business plan, but with the content and support behind you.

Don’t know where to start? We do.

There’s so much to get from a world-renowned franchisor.

Everything that we offer is to help you on your way to business success.

Whether that’s providing support with finances or giving you the tools for an excellent business plan.

See what we can do for you today by calling 0116 275 9000 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find opportunities near you.

TruGreen in Newbury and Basingstoke charity skydive raises £1100 for Living Paintings

Giving back to the community we serve in Newbury and Basingstoke.

At TruGreen UK, we’re all about supporting healthy growth.

Whether through the work we do daily in helping develop lush green lawns or in supporting the fruition of our communities.

TruGreen in Newbury and Basingstoke have recently traded their regular day-to-day on solid ground for falling with style by undertaking a charity skydive for Living Paintings.

Who are Living Paintings?

Living Paintings is a charity in Newbury that supports blind and partially-sighted children and adults by providing them with touch-to-see and audiobooks – helping them experience the joys of reading.

 What TruGreen did

Tracey, who is married to business owner Mike Lethbridge, works within TruGreen Newbury and Basingstoke in an administrative and finance capacity alongside working with Living Paintings.

She recently undertook a skydive from 14,000 feet to raise money for the charity and raised £1,100 in the process!

This money will allow Living Paintings to do much to help the children they support, as just £5 a month can supply one child with as many free books as they wish throughout the year.

This is a brilliant achievement and was undoubtedly an exhilarating experience for Tracey.

If you’d like to see ways you can support Living Paintings, visit their donations page today.

Contact Us

If running your own professional lawn care company, backed by 30 years of experience as an industry leader sounds like the opportunity for you, contact our friendly franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find opportunities near you.

The first steps to buying a franchise

Turn the corner using a proven franchise business model. 

A franchise is the perfect route if you want to be in business for yourself but not by yourself.

They offer the benefit of an established brand, a proven business model and support in the areas where you need it.

There are almost 48,000 franchise businesses in the UK, and many brands to choose from.

But this much choice can be a little daunting. Analysis paralysis is real. It’s so easy to get caught in its safety net.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a few pointers to help set you on your way to breaking free from the 9-5.

Why are you looking at a franchise?

It’s important to know what your ‘why’ is. Why do you want to go into business?

Here are some common whys:

  • “I want to be my own boss.”
  • “I’ve noticed a gap in the market.”
  • “I can do it better than they do it.”
  • “I want a better lifestyle for my family.”
  • “I want to invest my redundancy/inheritance.”

Once you know why, it’s easier to find something suitable.

What are your options?

Your options are likely narrowed down by the available territory, cost, commitment, and credentials required to join.

Taking all of those into account, you’ll still find yourself with a lot of options. Choose the one most suited to your ‘why’.

Then, do your research.


Simply for ease, online research is the best place to start.

Methods of online franchise research:

  • Take a look at franchise directories
  • Read published franchise articles
  • Check associations like the BFA (British Franchise Association)
  • Visit franchisor websites
  • Follow social media channels for a broad and varied spectrum of opportunities.

For offline research, speak to franchisees and ask for advice from respected sources.

Where possible, utilise the franchise opportunities’ services for insight into the business.

Enquire & Engage

Once you have narrowed your search, enquire with the franchise brands that most suit your ‘why’.

Now is your opportunity to conduct more in-depth research and to form a relationship with the franchisor.

In franchising, relationships are the bread and butter. They make the world go around.

So, make sure it clicks. The business and the brand feel right for you to take advantage of the opportunity.

ServiceMaster Ltd. is committed to aiding your research, ensuring your decision to join us is right for you.

Contact Us

If running your own professional lawn care company, backed by 30 years of experience as an industry leader sounds like the opportunity for you, contact our friendly franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find opportunities near you.

Looking to get out?

Leave behind your 9-5 for life outdoors, developing a profitable lawn care business.

At TruGreen UK, we’re passionate about nature and the slice of it we help our customers nurture in their back gardens.

With over 40 years as leaders in the lawn care industry and known as the world’s largest lawn care brand, we have market-leading specialist products, industry know-how and the latest equipment to help lawn lovers across the nation grow the lawn of their dreams.

If you dream of breaking free from the grind of a 9-5, head for the outdoors with TruGreen today.

Through our tried and tested business model, we give you the tools and expertise you need to make upwards of £125,000 gross profit in the first two years.

And… doing something you love.

Join the many business owners who waved goodbye to their desk jobs for the career of their dreams…

Like Michelle and Peter from TruGreen Cardiff, the Vale and Bridgend, who left banking and IT management for a life lived outdoors.

“We were looking for something we could do in partnership, be our own bosses, and jump off the corporate hamster wheel.

With TruGreen, you get to do all aspects of the job. Rather than being a cog in a huge machine, you own the machine.

Before, many of our customers were faceless, the other side of IT systems.

Now, we’ve got to know our customers, and that was incredibly rewarding because you’re being seen as more than just the lawn keeper and a trusted professional.

There are lots of mental health benefits. We can balance our work life and be here for the kids.

We didn’t realise how often we had to say no in our old jobs.”

Or David Brown from TruGreen North Leeds and Harrogate, who used to work as a teacher.

“I’ve always enjoyed working outside and working in the garden.

The older I got, the more I thought, I don’t want to spend the rest of my working life indoors. I just thought, well, the only thing I could do is do something by myself. It seemed like the right time to take that big jump before the kids got too old and I didn’t have the energy to do it anymore.

I still get excited when you grow things from seed, it seems like something quite magical that you can take something, and it just becomes a thing. And that’s not gone away.”

Take the first step towards growing the business of your dreams

Through the support of our dedicated franchise network and support team at ServiceMaster Brands UK, we give you everything you need to plant the right seeds for success and the tools and resources to foster your growth.

Through our comprehensive training academy, you can be a novice or expert in lawn care.

You’ll leave equipped with knowledge in all aspects of the business, from operations to sales and marketing, and access to a wide range of resources and equipment to start delivering a premier lawn care service to customers in your area.

Such as:

  • Our patented business management system
  • TruGreen Brand Hub: The one-stop shop for resources and information for marketing

This can support you to turn over up to £72,000 in Sales Revenue and £55,000 in Gross Profit in the first year alone!

Could this be you?

If you’re considering taking the next steps towards your future, we’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with our friendly franchise sales team today on 0116 275 9000 to find available opportunities near you.

Grow a healthy and profitable business fast with TruGreen  

Want a healthily growing business that makes sizable profits fast?

Of course, you do!

At TruGreen UK, we know what it takes to grow a healthy and profitable business.

With over 40 years as leaders in the lawn care industry and known as the world’s largest lawn care brand, we’ll help you nurture a fast-growing lawn care business.

Through our tried and tested business model, we give you the tools and expertise you need to make upwards of £125,000 gross profit in the first two years.


We’re experts in lawn care and business, and we hope that, in joining our network, you are too.

Through the support of our dedicated franchise network and support team at ServiceMaster Brands UK, we give you everything you need to plant the right seeds for success.

We’re not just providing the seeds – but the tools and resources to foster growth too.

Through our comprehensive training academy, you can be a novice or expert in lawn care.

You’ll leave equipped with knowledge in all aspects of the business, from operations to sales and marketing, and access to a wide range of resources and equipment to start delivering a premier lawn care service to customers in your area.

Also included…

Our patented business management system.

Known as BMS, this handy tool helps you track leads, customers, revenue and more.

We also offer a Brand Hub, curated by our dedicated team of marketing experts, providing all the materials and information for marketing physically and online in one place and accessible at the push of a button.

Seasons of growth

In the first year, it’ll be hands-on.

As an owner-operated business, you’ll be out and about in a TruGreen van, aerating, scarifying and fertilising (amongst other processes) lawns for happy customers near you.

At TruGreen, as we work in the great outdoors, we follow the cycles of the seasons, with March to May being the busiest time of the year.

But don’t worry.

Come the winter, you’ll still be busy, as proper lawn care is ongoing and regular.

As the cycles of the natural world keep turning, so does the life of your business, as you can turn over up to £72,000 in Sales Revenue and £55,000 in Gross Profit in the first year alone.

And with a healthy profit in your pocket, you can start preparing for expansion as you grow your business yearly, to expand your fleets, bring on technicians and put more vans on the road.

Following this growth cycle, you can grow your business healthily with a great return and over 70% gross profits.

Each of our territories has a minimum of 120,000 households, with 40,000 of them being ABC1 demographics.

And with 87% of properties in the UK estimated to have a garden, the lawn care market houses unprecedented growth opportunities for those willing to grasp that nettle.

Take the first step towards a greener future today by enquiring with TruGreen UK.

Call 0116 275 9000 to learn about opportunities near you today.

Former teacher branches out to grow new lawn care business in North Leeds & Harrogate

We sat down with David Brown, the new business owner bringing TruGreen professional lawn care to North Leeds and Harrogate to chat about his life and new business.

David Brown has taken an unconventional route into the lawn care industry.

With 13 years as a secondary school science teacher behind him, it may not seem the obvious choice to call it quits on a decade-spanning vocation and do something entirely new.

But when I sat down with David on his first day as the owner of TruGreen North Leeds, there could be no doubt whether or not he had made the right call.

My first question broached the root of this dynamic: what was the reason behind this big career decision?

David tells me that he has spent the last 13 years teaching physics A-Level and combined sciences to secondary school children, living and working in Yorkshire, around where he grew up, with his wife and three young children.

The only time David has ever lived away from Yorkshire is when he studied at university in Manchester. But once his studies were over, David says he didn’t have much to keep him there.

Feeling a little worn down by the flat lands of the cityscape, he wanted to get back to the land he knew.

And it is a similar call to nature that has driven David toward his new business.

I’ve always enjoyed working outside and working in the garden,” he tells me. “I’ve got an allotment, I’ve got a greenhouse. I enjoy growing things. I’ve always enjoyed growing things, he says.

The events of the past few years have given many the time to reflect on their lives, with the limbo of lockdowns causing many to reignite passions from their past.

For David, plant life and gardening still provoke a spark of childlike wonder, and he says this is something that he found he wanted to make a part of his daily life.

I don’t know if this is just me,” he says, but I still get excited when you grow things from seed, it still seems like something quite magical that you can take something and it just becomes a thing. And that’s not gone away.

He tells me that he then found this at odds with the career he found himself in, leading to a revaluation of his path.

“The older I got, I thought, I don’t really want to spend the rest of my working life indoors,” he says.

But this is easier said than done. David, like many others with vocational careers, has found it difficult to branch out on his own.

I had been looking for a route out of teaching for quite a while, and it’s a difficult thing to do because you get pigeonholed as a teacher. But it’s quite difficult to kind of find a route [out],” he says. “I would apply for other jobs and not even get considered for an interview for quite a lot of them,” he explains.

Meanwhile, “You’d apply for another teaching job, and it’s like they’re biting your hand off because there aren’t any science teachers and physics teachers.

Beginning to feel penned in, David knew something had to give,

I just thought, well, the only thing I could do is do something by myself. I’m 38 now, no one’s going to come and help me out. I’m going to have to do it myself.

So, David decided to make the leap to starting his own business, supported by our TruGreen franchise network. I asked him how this decision was made, particularly with the UK amid a cost of living crisis.

“It just seemed like the right time to take that big jump before the kids got too old and I didn’t have the energy to do it anymore,” he says.  

When is a good time? When is a bad time? I don’t know, I don’t think anyone knows.

I think if people knew the answer to that, no one would start a business [he laughs]. You’ve got to do it at some point.

He goes on to add:

“There’s always people that want things done to their houses and there are always people that are looking for this sort of service. There are a lot of people doing it already in my area, and I’m not seeing people dropping off or cutting back at the moment.

There will still be people that have money to spare even throughout whatever is coming.”

[But] you’ve [also] got Steve, who is like a living encyclopaedia of lawn care,” he says.

“You’re going to get the guidance and expertise to know what that you’re doing is right.

This is a model that’s worked in the United States, it’s worked in the south of England, and it will work wherever you are as well.

I’m confident that if I follow the model and follow other people who have succeeded, then I’ll succeed as well.”

Spurred on by the support of an internationally-renowned franchise, a wealth of experience from a national network, and a love for the outdoors, David has made the jump into starting a business that he loves.

Like David, every one of our franchisees is passionate about what they do and about the service they provide.

Our goal is to set you on the path to the lawn you’ve always wanted. And as David’s story proves, taking that first step can be daunting, but with TruGreen, it doesn’t have to be.

If you like the sound of a career spent in the great outdoors helping people in your local community achieve their dream lawn, get in touch with the ServiceMaster franchise sales team by calling 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available territories near you today.


“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 



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.