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Invest in a franchise that is the first national lawn care franchise on the Which? Trusted Trader scheme.

For more than 16 years, Greensleeves has provided top quality lawn treatments to gardens across the country. With over 75 franchises throughout the UK, and more due to launch this year, we are going from strength to strength.

This is also due to the enormous potential within the lawn care market with the industry showing healthy growth at over 30%. With an estimated 18,000,000 lawns in the UK at present and growing, there is more than enough opportunity to establish a successful franchise in this sector. We have repeat business with over 90% of our customers and recommendations are the main source of new business for an established franchise.

Which? Trusted Traders endorsement

Greensleeves Lawn Care franchise business opportunity gardeningAt the end of last year, following a rigorous application and approval process Greensleeves were extremely proud to be one of the first franchise companies to be awarded with the sought after Which? Trusted Traders endorsement.

>This accolade speaks volumes about Greensleeves and the quality of service we provide to customers. This commitment to quality and service naturally carries through the business to the way in which the company cares for its franchisees. We believe this endorsement along with that of independent lawn expert and author of Modern Lawncare, David Hedges-Gower, elevates our brand significantly above those of rival companies.

The Greensleeves franchise opportunity

The typical job of a Greensleeves franchisee is to analyse, advise and treat their customers lawns, visiting at least five times per year to ensure the lawns are lush, green and healthy.

Even if you don’t have a background in lawn care or any previous experience running a business do not worry – all the support you need is at hand.

Our current franchise network members enjoy:

Greensleeves Lawn Care franchise business opportunity gardening

  • A profitable and cash generative business from month one
  • A defined postcode area
  • Outstanding business potential with over 80,000 target homes
  • An opportunity to develop a multiple van business
  • Significant growth potential for an enthusiastic franchise
  • High annual customer retention
  • A pleasant working environment
  • Excellent business support

How we train and support you

Greensleeves franchisees receive full initial training and the ongoing back-up of a highly committed management team.

Remember, all the directors of Greensleeves started out as Greensleeves franchisees themselves so they know and understand the challenges you will face and are fully equipped to offer assistance and support.

Our in-house training and ongoing support will ensure that you are fully equipped to establish and run your business and carry out the lawn care treatments to Greensleeves high standards. The course includes an NPTC program and exam which is required by law for you to handle pesticides in a commercial situation.

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How much does a Greensleeves franchise cost?

Greensleeves offer an excellent franchise package which includes products, skills training, business and financial planning, accounts and marketing support.

The Greensleeves franchise package costs from £19,500 + VAT to £24,950 + VAT

*Major banks can fund up to 50-70% of the cost, dependent upon your financial history.

What do I get for my investment?

Greensleeves Lawn Care franchise business opportunity gardening

  • Launch support - A fully funded marketing launch for your lawn care business which will generate the first 100 - 200 customers as well as ongoing marketing support from our marketing partners
  • A bespoke online computer customer database - to manage and schedule your customers and Sage software to handle your business accounts
  • Equipment package - we provide all of the highest specification equipment you will need to run your business from day one
  • Initial Stock - to enable you to treat approximately the first 100 lawns you receive
  • Vehicle - on a lease contract.
  • Greensleeves Lawn Care uniform and personal protective equipment
  • Excellent initial lawn manager training at our academy with formal NPTC qualifications
  • Access to the best products available in the industry
  • FREEPHONE telephone line for marketing and customer enquiries
  • Personalised website and access to our marketing partners for marketing assistance and support
  • Capital growth potential in an expanding market with little competition

What do Greensleeves look for in a franchisee?

An absolute commitment to customer service is the most important skill you will possess.

It is important to us that you have the appetite to grow a business to its full potential and maintain the high levels of customer service that we currently provide to our many thousands of existing customers.

You will be somebody who is not work shy and take on the challenges that running your own franchise business brings. Franchisees need to be able to manage a daily routine that requires a degree of semi-physical activity. You need to be flexible and self-motivated; very few business opportunities offer success without hard work, commitment and long and often unsocial hours.

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By filling in the form below you will be able to download a copy of the Greensleeves Lawn Care prospectus.

This will provide you with more detailed information on the franchise opportunity and allow you to contact them direct with any questions you may have.

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At a Glance

Established:2004

Min total investment:
£24950

Min contribution:
£7500

Development type:
Full

UK presence:
90 areas covered

Development type:

Franchisee Case Studies

Greensleeves Lawn Care  Franchisee

Interview with Jim Stewart of Greensleeves Lawn Care, Aberdeenshire

Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart of Greensleeves Aberdeen has been enjoying running his lawn care franchise since 2011. Originally from an executive background within the electronics industry when Jim found himself facing redundancy he chose to embrace the opportunity and purchase a Greensleeves lawn treatment franchise. Jim now enjoys running his business whilst working in the outdoors and is extremely proud of the success he has achieved so far.

Franchisor Interview

Exclusive interview with David Truby, Managing Director of Greensleeves Lawn Care

Greensleeves Lawn Care

Franchisors name: David Truby
Name of franchise: Greensleeves Lawn Treatment Experts

Tell us a bit about yourself including when and why you joined Greensleeves and your past employment within or outside of franchising

I had spent my entire career in sports and amenity turf management, which is an interesting although small sector of the horticultural industry. I saw the beginnings of the lawn care industry in the UK and was aware of a burgeoning industry in the USA. An opportunity arose for me to get involved in a small start-up business, both from an ownership and operational point of view and I viewed it as something not to be missed. I joined the business in 2004 when it had only 1 franchise operating and have made it my aim to grow the business into a national service provider competing with the biggest companies in the sector, something we are well on the way to achieving.

When was Greensleeves established? And what were the factors for deciding to go down the franchise route?

The business model lent itself perfectly to becoming a franchise. It is a simple concept and relatively easy to replicate. It is a service which is better provided by a small local family type business from the customer’s point of view. We can bring significant benefits to the network with collective buying power on items such as consumables, IT and brand marketing.

What have been Greensleeve’s biggest achievements/successes to date so far?

Not only surviving but thriving during the global financial crisis of 2007 onwards helped us to become a strong and resilient business, having established a customer base of over 50,000 through a network of 77 franchisees has established us as a market leader. Becoming the first franchise business to gain the coveted “Which ?” endorsement as well as developing our own IT systems have all been significant milestones we have become very proud of. I think most of all though being respected as one of the leading businesses in our sector is a very satisfying position to have gained.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Operating the business in the early days under some very challenging financial constraints due to the lack of available credit. Creating a market for a “new” service has proved and continues to prove a challenge. Similar to most franchise businesses, retaining a consistent operating practice amongst our network remains an ongoing challenge.

What marketing/promotional tools do you use to grow your franchise?

  • BFA Membership
  • Various Franchise Events and Shows
  • Recommendations from our existing network
  • Advertising in franchise based media
  • Our own and a number of franchise based websites

What differentiates Greensleeves Lawn Care from the competition?

  • We believe our franchise package to be superior in terms of what we provide and the initial marketing launch
  • We provide very strong support from head office to our network – each franchisee has a different range of skills and competences and we can and do support them in the areas they are weaker
  • The exclusive territories that we have made available are of a unique size providing comprehensive demographic targeting information to help with specific marketing therefore business growth
  • A strong brand that the consumer recognises as a mark of quality backed up by our unique endorsement from “ Which ?”

What qualities do you look for in a franchisee? What makes a successful franchisee?

Anybody joining our network needs to demonstrate that they have a level of integrity and drive to grow their own business; they then need to develop an understanding and respect of our network values and ethos.

Ideally they will have a vision of what they want to achieve and all the business skills needed to achieve that - motivation, personality, organisation and high standards in relation to customer service. It is the business skills that will help somebody succeed rather than an understanding of the technical aspects of the industry which we already have in house.

What changes have you seen in your industry over recent years? And how have you adapted to them?

As awareness of our service has grown so then has the level of competition in the market place. In response to that we have ensured that we continue to offer a high level of excellence through training and service provided, ensuring we operate at the “high – end” with high quality service and trained, qualified staff.

As technology has developed we have tried to implement those parts that are relevant and now find ourselves offering a range of services with payment plans through direct debit payment options as well as various electronic payment methods available.

We have had to become more social, creating a social media environment with a new modern interactive website as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts for our entire network.

As our brand has become more trusted we have increased the range of products that we offer to our customer base in response to the many requests we receive.

What does the future hold for Greensleeves?

The future is exciting with a clear picture of where we want the organisation to go:

  • We intend to continue to develop the range of services that we offer to our customer base
  • We will continue to develop and maintain a strong brand
  • We will continue to support franchisees in developing their businesses to the maximum potential
  • We will develop our IT systems to maximise marketing and sales opportunities and become an all round tool for reporting and managing customer’s communication, accounts and interaction

What expansion plans have you got nationally and internationally?

  • We would like full national coverage in the UK which translates to circa 125 franchises
  • Split some of our larger existing areas to make them more streamlined and efficient businesses
  • To continue to grow our customer base
  • To increase our service offering to existing customers therefore helping our network to maximise the profits available to them within their given territories

What advice would you give to someone considering franchising their business?

Consider the model and question whether it is easy to define the operating parameters. Consider if the model is very specialised and therefore not easy to attract people to be able to provide that service or product. Are the margins sufficient to sustain a profitable business based on a geographical territory?

Ensure you recruit good quality franchisees and make sure that you provide them with a comprehensive package and support – they will become your best sales tools.

If you had to do it all again, what would you do differently?

Focussing on really good quality franchisees and territory size; this is something we could have done better. There are lots of little things we could have improved with hindsight but generally the business has evolved in a considered way without any significant operational problems.

 

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