Nurture Landscapes feels Christmas spirit with £5.5m pub chain win

Hanging basket production at Nurture's Lancashire nursery
Hanging basket production at Nurture's Lancashire nursery

Nurture Landscapes has doubled its work with national pub and restaurant chain The Spirit Group after winning a five-year contract for grounds maintenance and provision of hanging baskets and bedding worth in excess of £5.5 million.

The contract covers 691 sites and stretches from Plymouth to Felixstowe and up to Glasgow and Edinburgh, and replaces a previous contract Nurture inherited when it bought Park View Landscapes in June 2012, for pubs and restaurants in Scotland, the north of England and part of the Midlands.

PHS previously held the contract to service sites in the rest of the country.

Nurture will provide 4,839 hanging baskets, changed twice a year in May and October, and over 2,000 planted troughs.

Managing director Peter Fane said he was delighted at the win and added that Rishton-based contract manager Nick Hills was instrumental in securing the deal.

"Clearly we’ve done an OK job because they decided to award us the rest of the contract so that’s great. It opens up other opportunities for other hanging basket contracts as we will be able to offer economies of scale."

The Spirit Group includes the Chef & Brewer, Fayre & Square, Flaming Grill, John Barras and Taylor Walker brands.

Around 90 Taylor Walker pubs are located in close concentration in central London which will, Fane said, lead to the need for recruitment.

Nurture will also increase growing capacity at its in-house nursery in Lancashire.

In addition Nurture’s Gayle Pugh will become a full-time dedicated customer service liaison with the client.

The company has grown rapidly in the past with nine acquisitions over four years, most recently Grantham-based Greenability in November.

Fane said he would like to "push forward in the south west and in Scotland" and he would keep his eyes open for further acquisition opportunities there. However after takeovers in August and November he is happy to wait until Spring before taking a serious look.

Nurture Landscapes is based in Windlesham, Surrey. It focuses on private-sector clients but also works with schools, hospitals and housing associations.

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