The founder of Waterers Landscape (now ISS Waterers) Peter Fane is expanding his new business Nurture Landscapes with the acquisition of a grounds maintenance firm.
Nurture Landscapes — set up in spring 2008 — has acquired Oxfordshire-based Mulberry grounds maintenance, which has sales of around £600,000 a year.
Mulberry director Anthony Ussher — who had previously worked with Fane at Waterers Landscape — is joining Nurture Landscapes as a director and shareholder.
Fane explained: "Anthony and I go back a long way as we worked together at Waterers Landscape for many years, so it is very much a coming together of old friends."
Mulberry was launched by Ussher and Lynn Rees in September 2005.
"They operate in a very similar field to us in that all their sales are based around term contracts for landscape maintenance," added Fane.
"Example clients include Suttons Business Park near Reading and Henley Business School."
The deal is expected to push Surrey-based Nurture Landscapes' turnover to £4m for the current financial year.
When the firm was set up almost two years ago, Fane pledged to grow the business to £10m turnover within five years.
All operations will be traded as Nurture Landscapes from 1 April.
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