Premier groundsman joins franchise firm

A former Premier League football club groundsman has taken up a franchise challenge with one of Britain's biggest names in turf.

Mark Perrin
Mark Perrin
Ex-Crystal Palace head groundsman Mark Perrin is the newest franchisee at Complete Weed Control and is leaving south-east London to work in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Perrin spent nine years at Crystal Palace overseeing a team of four groundsmen and is moving back to his north-west roots where he was previously head groundsman at Stockport County.

"I see the franchise as a great opportunity," he said. "With it being a national company the core of the business is very strong.

"And the Complete Ice Control gritting side of the business makes it a 12-month business model. I looked at other franchise options but wanted to stay in the turfcare industry.

"I also wanted to stay in a business-to-business environment rather than domestic lawncare. I will visit some of the most prestigious sporting venues in the country – golf courses, football and rugby facilities or local authority facilities. There is great room for expansion."

Complete Weed Control managing director Ian Graham said: "Mark brings a wealth of industry knowledge with him.

"Not only will his customers appreciate speaking to someone from within the industry but will learn from his past experiences as head groundsman at a Premiership football club."

Complete Weed Control was set up in 1972 and is one of the largest specialist weed control and vegetation management companies in the UK.

Clients include sporting venues, local authorities, schools, airfields, cemeteries, industrial sites, highways & parks.

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