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.
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.