In the five years since it was established, Liverpool-based Mustard Seed Lawn & Garden has not only achieved transformational growth but has also received industry-wide recognition after being named ‘New Company of the Year’ at the 2023 Association of Professional Landscapers Awards. Construction Industry News recently caught up with Jonathan Myers, Managing Director, to look back and take a look into the future of this highly respected business.
“We started out in 2018 as a small domestic landscaping company and we’ve gradually taken on increasingly larger and more complex projects,” explains Mr Myers, who set up the business after deciding on a career change following 18 years working in the manufacturing industry. “As we’ve grown, we’ve expanded the team to the extent that we now have around 20 team members supporting our activities, which include a wide range of services for both the residential and commercial sectors, such as landscaping, lawn care, grounds maintenance and, more recently, residential and commercial construction and refurbishment work.”
No stranger to award success, Mustard Seed’s latest accolade underlines the journey it has been on. “It’s mind-blowing really,” says Mr Myers. “We started off on a small-scale and things have snowballed ever since. Having good people within the business has been key and winning ‘New Company of the Year’ is testament to all the hard work everyone has put in. We believe in the power of excellent client relationships. The client will often have the seed of an idea and knowing how they think, as well as their aspirations for the project, makes it so much easier turn that into a reality. We currently cover Merseyside, The Wirral, Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire, and we’re actively looking to broaden our reach throughout the North-West and beyond.
“In terms of projects, we’re becoming increasingly busy from a construction perspective having recently completed a golf course development in Southport that involved the renovation of an iconic clubhouse into a bar and brasserie. It was a listed building that had been left to deteriorate for more than a decade. We listened to the client’s vision and worked closely with them to completely transform this once loved space. It’s one of the biggest projects we’ve completed to date and we’re really proud of how it turned out.
“As for residential landscaping, we have some high-end projects lined up for the next 12 months. We’re working on a number of top-tier developments with Barnes Walker, a landscape architecture practice that operates in South Manchester. We’re also seeing a strong level of opportunities within the marketplace generally, and there’s a substantial amount of investment being made within the region too. As a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, people have grown to appreciate their gardens much more and have therefore been spending money on improving their outdoor living spaces by installing the likes of pizza ovens, hot tubs, swimming pools and artificial grass areas for their kids to play. This has all led to a growing demand for landscaping services.”
Mustard Seed is in no mood to lose momentum as it aims to keep building on its reputation within both the residential and commercial arenas. “We want to continue along the upward growth curve that we’ve seen in the last five years by ensuring that we don’t experience any drop-off in service. Quality, communication and attention to detail are everything,” concludes Mr Myers. “We’ve certainly got the right people to ensure this happens. Ultimately, I want to develop a sustainable business that will provide a secure future for our people and their families for a long, long time to come.”
Successfully diversifying from a small residential landscaper into an operation capable of taking on major commercial construction projects is testament to its humble name. Who knows what Mustard Seed will go on to create next? Mr Myers and his talented team of specialists have a pretty good idea. Watch this space.