South East landscaping supplies firm establishes concrete foundations during lockdown
The success story that is G&G Fencing & Landscaping Supplies, based in Kent, has been built on the firm foundations of hard graft.
Even in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic, the energy and drive of co-founders Grant Love and Gavin Clegg has seen the business go from strength to strength.
Grant and Gavin are cousins who started working together back in 2006 and now supply everything from artificial grass to concrete slabs, fencing to aggregates.
Grant explained: “I got a contract to do grass cutting and invited Gavin along to help out. We’ve simply grown from there and eventually formed the fencing and landscaping business in 2011. We really have developed from grassroots!
“We were originally based at Sidcup but were forced to move to Dartford around 2014. We also now have an additional base with warehouse facilities at Rochester where we manufacture concrete and fence panels and employ eight staff.
“In the early days we were very much on the tools with a hands-on approach and 3 or 4 gangs out at any one time. Nowadays Gavin and I are more focused on the admin side and I take a keen interest in marketing the business as effectively as I can through videos and other online content.
“We cover all of Kent, most of Essex and frequently venture into London. The general public represents the majority of our customers although we are making big inroads into the trade sector. We have big plans to further develop this market with trade discounts and other promotions.
“The lion’s share of our business comes from online orders and we maintain a strong focus on quality products at affordable prices. People like doing business with us as we respond quickly to all orders placed. We have our own drivers and fleet so can easily distribute across the region. We also have plans to expand this in the coming months and years as demand for our products grows,” added Grant.
Far from resting on their laurels during the Covid19 pandemic, Grant and Gavin have used the last 9 months to push the business ever forward.
“It’s been a mad period. We’ve seen interest just grow and grow as more folks spend more time at home. We’ve worked tirelessly throughout the lockdowns and will continue to do so.
“For example, we initially found it difficult to get supplies of concrete without very long lead times so we decided to do it ourselves and started manufacturing. We now have a team of four employed making around 50 tons of concrete per week.
“There’s also been a burgeoning demand for our Beast fence panels which, we can confidently assert, are the strongest panels available in the UK. In fact I made a video that demonstrated its strength by placing concrete slabs on it. It eventually snapped at 880kg!” he added.
The Beast is a handmade, natural colour, premium fence panel available in a wide range of sizes as well as bespoke. Fully framed, they are a lot stronger than traditional lap panel fences and most other closeboard fencing systems.
Grant went on: “We only use British spruce, feather edge cut from the centre of the core to assure the best quality. All of our wood comes from sustainable sources and all fixings are 304 stainless steel which prevents the black drip you get from galvanised nails.
“They are best used with concrete posts and gravel boards that we also supply. This is far from your average closeboard fence panel,” enthused Grant.
The secret to G&G’s success is obvious according to Grant: “We consider our suppliers to be a big part of the overall picture and would like to give a big shout out to Anglian Timber from Essex, Alan Osbourne from Pontrilas Sawmills in Herefordshire and concrete mould maker Numold, based in Gloucester.
“We work hard seven days a week and just get on with it. We are both committed to making this business a success and both bring skills and imagination to the table. When you combine those attributes with a dedicated workforce, you can achieve anything!”
It’s clear that the strong foundations established by G&G over the past few years will stand it in good stead for the future.