In this current economic climate stories of business success are few and far between, however Ayegardening a Sussex based Gardening Services business is beating all the odds and are enjoying their third year of growth!
Ayegardening was started in 2009 by husband and wife team Aye and Susan Naing. Aye initially started on his own doing general gardening maintenance in the Dorking, Surrey area and Susan did the back office work around her full time role as teacher. At the end of 2009 they moved to Crawley, West Sussex and whilst keeping their original Dorking customers they started growing a base of new customers in Crawley. At this time Aye also started doing City & Guild courses along with his own self-study to develop his knowledge to enable Ayegardening to offer the most professional service possible.
2010 was a big year for the company, Susan gave up teaching to work for the business and start their family. They continued to invest in top professional gardening equipment and by now had a solid base of regular commercial and domestic clients across West Sussex and Surrey.
2011 was then the year of hard work! The business really started to get established and they continued to invest in the company by getting a new logo designed along with a new van to grow the Ayegardening brand. Their new website was designed by both Susan and Aye, and even today they still do all the maintenance and development of the site whilst continuing to grow their social media presence.
2012 has so far been amazing for Aye and Susan and been a real turning point for the business. In the last six months they have become a Limited Company with four employees; Aye as Director, Susan as Company Secretary and two trainees to help with their ever increasing work load. They now do regular commercial grounds maintenance for offices, residential buildings, events fields and much more and they still have domestic customers from three years ago, along with many new ones! New services like decking, patios and sleeper beds are now also offered in order to continue to develop and grow the business.
Aye originally comes from Burma, where he was a rice farmer and also did rubber harvesting. He always worked from a young age and the Burmese culture of you need to work to survive is still very much with him. His enthusiasm for his work is contagious and with the support of wife Susan who works tirelessly on developing the business, they really are the ‘Aye’ team, and those shoots of success are developing into strong roots for their continued growth!
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