Students start their own landscaping business – FE News
Barnsley College (@barnsleycollege) Horticultural students Jonathan Carter and Finlay Green turned their gardening hobby into a career with the support of iTrust, the college’s business start-up program designed exclusively for students.
Jonathan and Finlay have always had a keen interest in the gardening and landscaping industry and decided to study Level 2 Horticulture at College to further their knowledge and skills in the sector. While taking the course, they decided to take their love for gardening even further and start their own business, All Seasons.
After four months, their thriving business has 13 clients and they recently signed an agreement with a private nursery and two real estate agents that they will visit monthly for general garden maintenance and perform tasks such as: mowing the lawn ; planting flowers, shrubs and small trees; sodding; and lawn care.
Jonathan and Finlay heard about the College’s Business Department through friends and have since worked with the team to create a comprehensive business plan and learn more about how to approach people on social media. .
The Business Department at Barnsley College is home to the iTrust Initiative, a joint venture between the College, The Barnsley Chronicle and The Business Village, which supports students wishing to start a business in Barnsley. Students who choose to receive iTrust support will have access to a range of information and advice such as mentoring from industry specialists and local businesses and financial investments.
As part of the program, Jonathan and Finlay are expected to receive a grant of up to £ 250 each. This will allow them to purchase full personal protective equipment, business insurance and new gardening equipment so that they can grow their business and offer a wider range of landscaping work.
Jonathan said: “I have always had a great interest in the gardening and landscaping industry and really enjoyed gaining more knowledge and experience from my classes in College. As soon as I decided that I wanted to turn this interest into a career, I visited the Business department and cannot recommend them highly; they give so much support to those who want to start their own business. I look forward to receiving my grant as this new equipment will allow me to provide a wider range of services to my clients and hopefully increase my profits! “
Finlay added: “I have been interested in horticulture from a young age when I was gardening with my grandfather. After that I started trimming hedges and just mowing lawns before realizing that I wanted to be my own boss. My journey with the business department of the College has been fantastic, they are all very friendly and helpful and they have made sure that I understand as many aspects of running a business as possible; I have learned so much!
Julia Davies, Talent United and Enterprise Officer at the College, added:
“Barnsley College is committed to transforming the lives of students, staff and communities and we are delighted to support Jonathan and Finlay on their entrepreneurial journey. “
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