Despite the fact that the country is facing economic uncertainty during lockdown, Leeds based business Firstlight Landscaping has seen a sharp increase in the number of new customers making enquiries.
When the lockdown began, Directors Liam Pickering and Neal Baker were concerned that their business would suffer. Like many building firms across the country, they had to meet together very early on to discuss the logistics of working during lockdown.
“We were concerned about a multitude of potential problems – keeping our customers and staff safe if we were able to continue working, and alternately letting both down if we were unable to work safely. We had projects booked months in advance, but even after implementing safe social distancing measures for our teams, there was still concern that we would not be able to source materials from suppliers who were closed due to COVID-19.”
After overcoming those early hiccups there was still an expectation that they would see a drop in new business acquisitions, but surprisingly the number of new quotes and enquiries has grown every day. The BALI registered landscapers are now fully booked all through summer.
When asked why he thought they’re so busy at such an uncertain time, Office Manager Declan thinks the answer is pretty straightforward:
“Everyone’s suddenly confined to their homes and gardens, and for many people their gardens are now the only place they can safely enjoy the outdoors. Most people who have been in touch have said that spending so much time in the garden has made them realise that it’s long overdue a redesign.”
They’ve even received grateful messages to that effect, with one recent customer saying “we couldn’t be happier with (the garden). We don’t know what we would have done without it, it’s been amazing during lockdown”. Firstlight Landscaping have been working hard to create outdoor havens for over ten years, and in their own words, are “grateful to be able to keep doing what we love, even in trying times”.
You can find out more about the private and commercial work they’re doing at www.firstlightlandscaping.co.uk.