Gaynor Lane: how to grow a gardening business

Growth and strategy

27 May 2016

Starting a gardening business isn't an obvious move for an IT professional, but switching from computers to compost was a no-brainer for go-getter Gaynor Lane when she took voluntary redundancy from her job. All it took were some words of encouragement from her husband, an advert in the local paper, and bags of enthusiasm: The Garden Girl was bedded in before Manchester knew what hit it.

We coaxed Gaynor indoors for a few minutes to share her experiences for other entrepreneurs looking to grow their own business.

If you could give some advice to yourself five years ago, what would it be?
What’s been your biggest learning curve?
What was your most unexpected moment?
What plans do you have for your business?
Who gave you the best piece of business advice, and what was it?
When did you realise your business was going to work?
How would you like to be remembered as a business person?
What tips do you have for anyone thinking of starting a business?

Meet Gaynor

"I've had my insurance with AXA since I set up my business. And I feel secure knowing they're always around to help when I need them."


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