- Building & Garden Maintenance
Countrywide Grounds Maintenance was established in Manchester in 1984. Like many franchise brands, Countrywide didn’t start as a franchise, but instead grew as a successful independent outfit. With the Countrywide business model proving to build a secure operation, the first local franchise owner was recruited in 1986, and the network has built from strength to strength ever since.
Fast forward to the present day, and Countrywide is truly national company with 46 franchisees that cover over 90% of the UK. Our network turnover has grown to £30million and shows no sign of stopping, with the essential ground’s maintenance services that we provide proving as crucial as ever to businesses, schools, hospitals and more.
Due to the continued success and maturity of the Countrywide franchise network, there are no new territories available. However, with some Countrywide Franchise Owners having been in the network for over 15 years there are occasionally franchise areas available to purchase on a resale basis.
When choosing a provider for ground’s maintenance services, potential customers look for a company that is reliable, safe and most importantly… does the job. For over 30 years, Countrywide Grounds Maintenance franchisees have been using the franchise systems and support to provide just that. Countrywide has built a reputation for high quality service within our industry providing comprehensive grounds maintenance solutions, which include grass cutting, vegetation management, tree works, landscaping, hedge cutting, gritting, artificial grass and much, much more.
The Countrywide franchise model has been designed so that you can build a multi-van operation to heights of £1million+ in annual turnover. Most importantly, due to streamlined franchise systems and a dedicated back-office support team, driven individuals can begin their Countrywide business without previous grounds maintenance or landscaping experience.
The Countrywide Grounds Maintenance 12-week ‘Sure Start’ programme will ensure that you are fully prepared for your launch date, taking you from setting up an email address to employing your first member of staff and beyond. The Sure Start programme includes the five-day new starter training course at Countrywide’s Franchisee Training Centre. Here, you’ll become familiar with the systems, software and sales processes that will drive your business forward, and you’ll spend time with key members of the Countrywide support team.
During the training programme, Countrywide will also encourage you to visit neighbouring franchise owners to see first-hand how more established Countrywide franchisees run their business and gain valuable advice from those that have been there and done it. In addition to this, the Countrywide support team will conduct regular site visits with you in the first 6 months of your journey ensuring your never left alone in the field.
You will be responsible for recruiting, leading and motivating your team of grounds maintenance operatives, whilst ensuring the business remains financially stable. You will also be required to create local relationships growing your contract based within your exclusive territory.
Pete Morton talks about his journey with Countrywide Grounds Maintenance:
“After running our own family printing business for 25 years we decided that we needed a change and due to falling margins and increased overseas competition we did not want to stay in the print industry. We felt that we had had enough of being stuck in front of a computer in an office every day and wanted to work outside more and have a bit of freedom.
“After visiting the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham in 2004 and trawling round all the stands we were just about to leave feeling a bit dejected when we came across the Countrywide Grounds Maintenance stand. After lengthy discussions we were informed that at the time they only had one franchise area for sale in the North East which was a resale and fortunately it happened to be located only a few miles from where we live. We subsequently arranged to meet up with the existing franchisee and examined his business. We could immediately see the potential to grow his existing business and also ways of making it even more profitable. After several months of discussions and negotiations we finally signed up in March 2005.
“When we reached the end of our first five year term within the Countrywide Grounds Maintenance franchise we had no hesitation in signing again for a further five years and again since then. After buying an existing franchise we have seen turnover increase more than fourfold from our outset in 2005 through to 2017 and still have huge areas of untapped work to explore.
“Countrywide are seen as a professional company who can be trusted with contracts from a few hundred pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Our liveried vans and uniformed workers stand out in an industry that has a poor reputation for professionalism. It is nice to create employment for staff, get them motivated and then see the difference they can make to new sites.
“On a personal note we are more financially secure and have a brighter future. We enjoy the relationship with the franchisor who is always willing to help and share advice. It is extremely hard work, but at the same time financially rewarding and there is no greater feeling than praise from a satisfied customer!”
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