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February 21, 2018

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RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2018 highlights announced -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mayor of London and L&Q to invest £500m in Barking Riverside -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Innovative new equipment from Sutcliffe Play -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam to focus on separate ventures -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Masterplanners appointed for Stonedale regeneration plan -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Collectors Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival -

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Registration opens for The Chelsea Fringe 2018 -

Monday, February 19, 2018

New directors appointed as Glendale announces restructure -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh teams up with Beth Chatto Educational Trust for charity fundraiser -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

RAF100 Centenary Garden seeks sponsors -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Show of resilience from invasives experts at industry conference -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palmstead Nurseries launches new staff training academy -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Uber for Gardening” takes Seedrs

A UK-based start-up, fastgardener, which enables customers to book professional gardeners online in seconds, is raising capital via the Seedrs crowdfunding platform to fund its expansion. The funding campaign hit 100% of the funds sought with 36 days still remaining before the campaign closes, so the team are now looking to overfund to boost its growth ambitions and become the UK’s top destination for gardening services.

“We aim to be like Uber,” said CEO and founder, Khaled McGonnell, “but for professional gardeners.”

“Gardening needed a good ‘gig economy’ platform and fastgardener is the solution. We’ve established a network of vetted gardeners across the UK, we save our customers time since we’ve done the hard work of sourcing top-quality gardeners and we provide the digital, cashless service consumers demand today. And, as we’re insured and only take payment after work is carried out, our customers have complete peace of mind.”

With a passion for start-ups, Mathias Ockenfels, who has published a guest blog with Nine Point Capital on investing in early stage marketplaces, explains: “The age of the big B2C marketplaces has yet to come.” Fastgardener is in the vanguard of a growing trend towards digital services for the lucrative horticulture market. The UK gardening market is worth around £5 billion a year with Britons spending an average of £30,000 on their gardens over a lifetime.

Fastgardener eliminates the friction between clients seeking gardeners and professionals looking for more gardening jobs. Garden maintenance jobs are quoted upfront avoiding any nasty surprises for clients. Local gardeners are notified of new jobs and are free to accept or decline, giving both clients and gardeners full flexibility and control.

Gardeners love the absence of subscription or joining fees, a key differentiator from similar services, and the steady stream of extra garden maintenance work. As our gardener Bruno, who works around Corydon and Coulsdon, describes: “The ease of using the platform is most impressive – you really just book and go.”

Fastgardener is a UK-based start-up founded by Khaled McGonnell, Lyndsey McGonnell, Neil Bundy and Mike Wong, who, having spotted a gap in the “messy” market of garden maintenance, created an easy-to-use web and mobile app to enable people to book professional gardeners in seconds. Fastgardener covers all garden maintenance, including lawn mowing, edging, weeding, pruning, garden waste clearance and hedge trimming, and specialist services such as landscaping and garden design.

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