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.”