Business Plan for Gardening Services
This £4bn industry continues to grow at approximately 3.4% per year with 16,577 businesses employing over 61,000 people throughout the UK. The industry covers all customers including households, the public sector, and commercial organisations.
Plan your new business utilising the Teneric gardening business plan. This complete document covers all disciplines in this industry including basic lawn care provision (such as a Green Thumb or Nice-N-Stripy franchise), seasonal garden maintenance, and hard landscaping services.
Gardening Business Plan Summary
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Hillingborough Maintenance Services Overview
Hillingborough Limited is a new company formed to provide professional design and implementation services including lawn cutting, fencing, shrub planting and general maintenance.
Daniel Sanders manages the company with his partner Graeme Warwick, who have 17 years' combined experience in this industry.
The services are targeted at single professionals, couples and families between the ages of 25 to 65 who require a reliable hard and soft outdoor solution. We're also targeting business contracts within a radius of 10 miles who require weekly care of their flower beds and lawns.
The local town has a mixture of housing in a semi-affluent area. There is one other local business that targets the higher end of the market with low to mid-priced housing dealt with in the main town competitor some 15 miles away. Hillingborough will concentrate on this gap in the market that is not served well at all for housing in the price range of £125,000 to £300,000.
Key Services Offered
The business has three main areas of expertise for residential and business premises:
- Hard landscaping including new patios, retaining walls, rockeries, decking, driveways & fencing.
- Tree surgery for large trees requiring containment and general pruning of smaller hedges.
- Lawn care, grass cutting, weeding and general maintenance.
Maintenance services are usually not required through the winter months. Some hard building services will also be reduced during this period although design, planning, driveway cleaning, tree pruning, lawn scarifying, and aerating are still in high demand.
Forecast Sales and Margins
The first-year revenues are predicted to £224,000 increasing by 13% for years two and three. Gross margins are forecast to be 32%.
Initial start-up costs to equip the business are £3,000 with a van purchased via a three-year lease. The majority of the costs are labour with materials purchased from a wholesaler and marked up by 50%.
Daniel Sanders and Graeme Warwick own and manage the company and employ three general labourers during the peak season.
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