Natural expansion for Nurture

Nurture Landscapes secures three lucrative contracts as expansion plans continue apace.

Ground work: for what it’s Worth - image: Nurture Landscapes
Ground work: for what it’s Worth - image: Nurture Landscapes

Nurture Landscapes has picked up three new maintenance contracts worth nearly £500,000 per annum in the first half of this year.

The company, which has been expanding steadily since managing director Peter Fane established it in 2009, has just won a three-year contract to provide grounds maintenance at Cranfield University, starting 1 August.

The contract will have seven full-time members of staff and has the option to be extended over two more years.

This follows on from another three-year plus two optional years contract to look after the grounds at Worth School near Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, where he employs three full-time staff members.

Nurture also won another contract to provide ground maintenance and yearly bedding plant changes at fashion outlet destination Bicester Village. Both of these started on 1 April.

Fane said: "It's really storming ahead which is great. It's incredibly busy. We've had some very big enquiries from managing agents such as Jones Lang LaSalle and GVA Grimley."

Nurture, which targets private sector clients almost exclusively, said that substantial contracts are up for grabs from managing agents who package more than 100 properties together in the same geographical area.

The company is an approved supplier to one agent Norland which awarded the Cranfield contract, but still had to go through a competitive tendering process.

The advantage, according to Fane, is the call to tender probably only goes out to a dozen competitors. "I think on the whole public sector and especially local authority contracts tend to be more competitive with more players going for the same contracts. And it's just about the cheapest price In the corporate world, it's all about quality and service and not just about the lowest common denominator," he added.

The company has reported a turnover of £12 million in the financial year to the end of March, a £3m rise on the year before.

"We're on target to do £14m in this current year," Fane added.

Acquisitions Nurture scouting for sites

There have been no new acquisitions since Nurture bought the £1.3m-turnover Greenability in Grantham and Manchester-based Landcare in August last year. The company has clocked up nine takeovers since forming. However, Fane is still quietly scouting for more suitable businesses to acquire, particularly in the south west and in Scotland. "There are loads of opportunities in that Glasgow to Edinburgh belt and there are pockets elsewhere, but it's not as concentrated as in the south of England," he said. There are 94 Nurture mobile teams.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

Tree planting guide - three basic rules

Tree planting guide - three basic rules

Choosing the right plant, correct planting procedure and best aftercare are the three basic rules for sucessful tree planting, Sally Drury explains.

Tree planting - what are the benefits of planting trees?

Tree planting - what are the benefits of planting trees?

Mitigating climate change, providing windbreaks and reducing the risk of soil erosion are some of the best reasons for planting trees, says Sally Drury.


 
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Landscape Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources

BALI National Landscape Awards 2016

Read all about the winning projects in the awards, run in association with Horticulture Week.

Noel Farrer

Founding partner of Farrer Huxley Associates Noel Farrer on landscape and green space
 

Read Noel Farrer