Urban Planters is an interior landscaping company specialising in the installation and maintenance of interior plants for business, leisure and commercial premises.
With more than 40 years’ experience in the sector, Urban Planters is now an established, industry-leading business that designs, installs and maintains varied, interesting interior ‘plantscapes’. More than 50,000 tropical plant displays are currently being maintained in offices, shopping centres, restaurants, hotels, airports, and leisure facilities nationwide.
The company was founded in 1965 under the name Urban Landscapes by husband and wife team Harry and Lilian Morrison. In 1996, when the company decided to begin expanding further by franchising the business, it changed its name to Urban Planters.
Now primarily a business to business management franchise, the network has grown steadily and has 25 franchised territories across the UK.
The licence fee of £24,950 includes an initial stock of plants, full training, premises, vehicle and Urban Planters’ uniform. Candidates will need a minimum of £30,000 working capital, with financial assistance available from all the major banks. A management service fee is payable at 9.5 per cent of turnover.
A new franchisee will spend much of their time initially looking to sign up new clients. Then as the business grows, more time is usually spent providing maintenance to existing plantings, as well as ordering, assembling and delivering displays to new clients.
After around two years of trading, additional staff will usually be required, with recruitment and management of more specialist staff required after around five years.
An interior landscaping technician is responsible for cleaning, watering and feeding the plant displays, ensuring that the monthly schedule is followed; pruning to maintain shape and/or promote new growth; checking for pests and diseases; treating within set guidelines; and changing plants when necessary.
What locations or territories is the Urban Planters franchise looking to operate in?
Areas of priority development include the north east, London, Glasgow, East Anglia and South Wales, but Urban Planters would like to hear from potential franchisees nationwide.
Why is Urban Planters a good investment?
With the specialised skills and business model created by Urban Planters, franchisees will be able to thrive in an untapped sector, which is estimated to be worth £200m every year.
In addition, Urban Planters has a high customer retention rate of 93 per cent. The business is very stable and predictable, as 80 per cent of the work is underpinned with a forward contract.
The wide client base is made up of people from both domestic and commercial sectors, who want to liven up their environment with the magic touch of greenery.
Urban Planters works with some of the country’s leading architects and the company’s striking designs have been recognised with many national awards.
Where in the UK is the Urban Planters franchise based?
The Urban Planters head office is in Rooksbridge, Somerset.
What support and training do Urban Planters franchisees receive?
Start-up training for new franchisees lasts for one week at Urban Planters’ head office in the West Country. This is followed by intensive on the job training and mentoring for six months.
The first six months will be closely monitored by an assigned area manager, who is fully trained to deal with any issues that may arise.
All new franchisees are trained to NVQ Level 2 in Amenity Horticulture or the equivalent. Ongoing specialist training is provided as a new franchise expands and more staff need to be recruited. Support continues at a lower level once a high level of competency has been reached.
What skills do I need to become an Urban Planters franchisee?
Experience in horticulture and an interest in tropical/sub-tropical plants is an advantage in becoming a franchisee, but is not mandatory. Business acumen and an ambition to start your own business are more important.
The company seeks individuals who can maintain a solid network of clients, have good communication skills, and can commit to learning the franchise system. A full, clean driving licence is a must.
How in demand are indoor planting services right now?
Indoor plants have grown in popularity in the past few years.
Plants are known for their many health and well-being benefits and make a space instantly more stylish, as well as reconnecting offices and homes to the great outdoors.
In today’s increasingly urban office culture, where many people live in densely populated urban environments too, there are fewer homes with gardens or access to green space.
A growing number of people are realising the importance of bringing nature into their lives for improved health, both physical and mental. Today’s urbanites appreciate greener - you just have to walk into a cool modern office to see the number of areas sporting ‘living walls’ and fern lined ‘breakout’ areas.
It’s not just apocryphal either: countless studies have shown significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace.
Results of one recent survey included a 37 per cent fall in reported tension and anxiety, a 58 per cent drop in depression, and a 38 per cent reduction in fatigue.
Employees’ productivity jumps 15 per cent when work environments are filled with house plants, according to a study by the University of Exeter, while some experts claim that adding plants to the work environment can help to reduce the risk of sick building syndrome.
Certainly, indoor plants help reduce carbon dioxide levels in both air conditioned offices and buildings without air conditioning.
Research has also shown that looking at nature can shift the brain into a different processing mode, making employees more relaxed and better able to concentrate.
Not all plants are easy to keep alive and healthy, however, which is where Urban Planters comes in. The know-how of franchisees will ensure green areas in public spaces are not just health and productivity boosting, but well cared for and dynamic to look at too.
How can I get started on setting up my own Urban Planters business?
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