Sponsor: Fresh Horticultural Careers
Nurture Landscapes is an award-winning family business providing national landscape maintenance and winter gritting services. Nurture aspires to be the most respected and nurturing landscaping company in the UK as considered by its clients and employees and as important in its actions affecting the environment in which it works.
Nurture is achieving this through developing its employees using its internal trainers, engaging apprentices to provide gardeners for the future and maintaining its customers with a current 91% retention rate.
Through its generous employee share scheme, of which they own 18%, employees are able to join in the success of the business, which has seen rapid growth now with a current turnover of £35m with 500 employees.
Employees benefit from new initiatives that are implemented following their feedback and they also have fun arranging and participating in community events.
"Despite its rapid growth this is clearly a company that values its staff and puts them at the centre of everything it does. From its support and understanding of individuals’ specific personal and family needs, through to its commitment to health and safety, training and development — including embracing apprenticeships — Nurture is a shining example of a company that has responded positively and very successfully to feedback received from the judges following their 2016 Awards entry. The staff testimonials alone indicate that this is a fun and caring company to work for and one that fully understands the importance of excellent communication with its staff at all levels."
Harrod Horticultural has more than 60 years’ experience as the leading supplier to both designers and landscapers for the design and fabrication of garden structures. It offers a multiple award-winning range of standard products that can be delivered from stock and the ability to redesign any of these products to bespoke dimensions or colours — all manufactured in-house in the UK. Having worked with a number of leading designers and landscapers, it also has a large portfolio of unique structures supplied to private gardens, public realm projects and show gardens.
Investment in staff was rewarded with gold status for Investors In People in 2015. A £1.4m "Innovation Centre" was opened in early 2017, housing 15 full-time design engineers, research and development workshops, a rapid prototyping facility and meeting rooms. This ensures that new products are designed, tested and brought to market efficiently. From humble beginnings supplying allotment nets, with adverts placed in Exchange & Mart back in 1954, Harrod now employs more than 160 staff and has a turnover of £15m.
Hultons believes that having the right people working together in collaboration is the most important factor in its continued success. The company says it is passionate about training great people and supporting them to have rewarding careers. A large investment has been made in training, with its in-house programmes being designed to ensure that all its team are up-to-date with essential training requirements and also providing people with the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills to promote job variety and satisfaction.
All staff have been issued with a personal development plan, allowing progress towards achieving promotion while gaining industry recognised qualifications. Hultons continuously plans to launch further initiatives to ensure that its excellent reputation as a great place to learn and develop is maintained.