Richard Turton

Profits Grow for Jim’s Mowing Franchisee regardless of the Weather!

richardRichard Turton became a Jim’s Mowing franchisee in February 2011, and despite the great British weather he has seen his profits flourish year on year.

Richard, who covers the Merseyside area for Jim’s Mowing, had no real gardening experience before he took up his franchise and worked for the Bank of Scotland for 23 years in the Corporate Banking division. But after attending the National Franchise exhibition, and researching the background of Jim’s Mowing heavily via the internet, he decided this was an opportunity too good to miss.

The Jim’s Mowing franchise is largest lawn mowing and garden maintenance franchise in the world and services over 10, 000 clients every day. It was started in Melbourne, Australia, in 1989 and now has over 2000 worldwide franchisees.

“Since I began in February 2011 everything has gone really well, despite the weather,” explains Richard.

“What really appealed to me about Jim’s Mowing is you are free to run your franchise the way you want to, with minimal interference. You get excellent support and good training, but you are free to select the services you want to offer and also free to select the magazines, newspapers you want to advertise in. There are regular visits from your regional manager but they do not hassle you. So it is just like running your own business, but with the support of a very successful franchise in the background.

“So I would definitely say that so far the experience has been very rewarding. The main challenge is the UK’s unpredictable weather and also surviving the winter months. The summer months, say from Easter to October, look after themselves and are particularly rewarding. Like any outdoor business you rely on the weather and the summer is really when you have to make your money, although the UK weather plays havoc with your plans all year round!

“My turnover for the last business year was £68, 000, with a net profit of £20, 000; I’m hoping to improve on this again this year.