Business Name: Tiffey Valley Garden and Home Services
Support Received: New Anglia Growth Programme
Location: Barnham Broom, Norfolk
Lynn Dorsett, from Barnham Broom in Norfolk, had always dreamed of working for herself. Having worked in a variety of public and private sector administration roles, when the opportunity arose to reduce her hours, it was her love of gardening and the outdoors which motivated her to explore the option of becoming self-employed.
We spoke to Lynn about the Tiffey Valley Garden & Home Services and the happiness being self-employed has brought her.
Tell us more about Tiffey Valley Garden & Home Services?
Tiffey Valley Garden & Home Services was established in February 2017, and offers year-round garden maintenance and house care services in Wymondham, Diss and surrounding villages.
My clients are people who enjoy spending time relaxing in their home and garden, but who don’t necessarily have the time or energy to maintain them. I offer a variety of home and garden services, including lawn mowing, weeding, pruning and border care, hedge trimming, planting shrubs, small trees and flowers, house de-cluttering, cleaning, and preparing homes and gardens for sale or let.
What is unique about your business?
My enthusiasm and passion for making a client’s environment the very best it can be, coupled with reliability and professionalism is what makes Tiffey Valley Garden & Home Services unique.
How did you feel when you gained your first customer?
I gained my first customer in March 2017 – it was a great feeling. All of my planning and hard work was beginning to come into fruition and I was very excited.
I also felt relieved that the marketing of my business was working.
What was the impact of support from Nwes?
I was put in contact with Nwes Business Advisor, Victoria Williamson. Through the New Anglia Growth programme, I received over twelve hours of free 1-to-1 support and advice, which really helped to propel my business planning forward, and to maintain my focus.
Nwes has been vital in helping to get Tiffey Valley Garden & Home Services started. Business Advisor, Victoria provided advice on all aspects of setting up a business, including tax, accounting, legal requirements, business profiles and marketing.
The most important aspect of working with Victoria is that she has given me confidence with her positivity and encouragement.