JMK Groundcare, now Nurture Landscapes, has won a "significant" three-year contract to supply grounds maintenance on 82 commercial sites across Scotland and northern England.
Working with main contractor and facilities management company EEG, JMK will work on retail and industrial estates, mostly in the Scotland's central belt between Glasgow and Edinburgh but with some as far south as Carlisle.
The three-year contract starts in June and there is an option to extend it for a further two years. The contract win follows the acquisition of Ayrshire-based JMK by Nurture Landscapes last October (HW, 17 October 2014).
Nurture Landscapes director of the north Peter Stubbs was acting director for the Scotland region since the takeover until new Scotland director Douglas Jardine joined from MITIE on 3 March. Stubbs said: "It's a very significant contract, worth in excess of £1m per year. With the new contract our predicted turnover at the end of March will be £3.5m."
Stubbs has already recruited two new team members for the contract. Customer services administrator Lesley Ann Gonnella is due to start on 7 April and key accounts manager Derek Wilson starts on 13 April.
JMK employs 35 grounds staff, rising to 65 in the high season. There are some TUPE arrangements in force for the new contract and Stubbs estimates between eight and 10 gardeners will cover the work.
Stubbs said he has been "mobilising" the company Since October. "We have now installed new IT and phone systems and have improved the depot to give more secure covered storage for machinery."
Despite Nurture Landscapes founder Peter Fane deciding to keep the JMK brand in October, it has now been decided to rebrand as Nurture from 1 April.
Stubbs said: "We've been talking to people and there's been a very positive reaction around Nurture as a company. We have a larger support network and back office. From a business perspective it makes sense."
Along with the rebranding of JMK Groundcare as Nurture, the whole company's branding was due to change from 1 April. Nurture will change its uniform this spring, moving from a mainly green design to black trousers with a purple polo shirt and black jacket. Director of the north Peter Stubbs said: "Lots of companies have green uniforms. The idea is to make us stand out a bit more."