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Brothers team up to grow their business; Pair combine know-how to launch gardening venture.

Byline: By Andrew Heath

GREEN-FINGERED Graham and Rob Hughes are busy growing a serious profession from an age-old hobby.

Long-time gardener Graham and his business-minded brother Rob have teamed up to offer a service keeping outdoor spaces neat and tidy.

They bravely ploughed in pounds 35,000 of their own money after Rob left his previous job in sales and they formed their new Kenilworth-based firm, GR Mowing, last month.

Now they are building a business capable of offering everything from lawn-mowing for anyone too busy to keep their garden tidy, to major contracts and landscaping projects for flats, schools, pubs, hotels and anything else surrounded by greenery.

And it is a formula that already seems to be working.

Just days after sending out 100,000 leaflets to houses around Coventry and Warwickshire offering lawnmowing and strimming from pounds 8 a week, they say they have secured long-term contracts with an international footballer and a couple of multi-millionaires.

Yet they intend to keep a balance by working for dozens of people glad to find someone who will simply turn up to mow the lawn.

Rob, aged 31, from Narrow Hall Meadow, in Warwick, said: "We just saw a niche in the market and thought it was something the area needed.

"Graham has been working on his own for about 15 years and got to the stage where he had around 150 customers.

"But when you are on your own, that's about as many as you can handle, and if you take any more on you start letting people down. That's what we will avoid."

Rob, who previously worked for Godfrey Hall BMW in Holyhead Road and Business By Technology in Torrington Avenue, Coventry, added: "In this day and age, people still want a lovely garden, but they have less time to keep it.

"And with the weather getting warmer, the season is longer and it can be even more of a handful, especially when it is wet."

For more information, or to get a quata, log on www.grlawns.co.uk or phone 0800 542 8902

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