Thursday, October 24, 2013

News: The gardener's apprentice

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Gardening expert, Lee Bestall has taken on an apprentice as his award winning Inspired Garden Design business continues to grow.

Enterprising Lee, who grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied at Sheffield Hallam University, was working in recruitment when he earned the chance to turn his love of gardening into a career with invaluable training from gardening expert, Diarmuid Gavin as part of a BBC series.

The local business has gone from strength to strength with Lee receiving industry awards including a silver medal at Tatton Park Flower Show 2005 and a bronze medal at Gardeners' World Live 2006.

Last year he was named as the winner of Grand Designs Garden Designer of The Year Award for his creation, "Cloud Nine" and was back at the event this year taking part in the "Ask An Expert" section.

Chloe Trueman, 18, from Dinnington, Rotherham recently joined the company and is currently undertaking a Business Administration apprenticeship with The Source Academy.

Chloe said: "Working with Lee and the team is amazing, the team work on projects located all over the world, our most recent project is Toronto. I am responsible for social media, marketing and dealing with incoming enquiries, which is my favourite part.

"We have some great clients and enjoy playing a key role in making sure they get their dream garden which is really exciting. I have a number of important tasks which I need to complete as part of my role; one is to make sure we have a paperless office by Christmas. But, my most important task is to make sure Lee is where he needs to be!"

Lee Bestall, creative director at Inspired Garden Design, added: "Recruiting an apprentice was completely new to me and I'd been considering this route for a number of months.

"My workload was increasing and as a small business owner, I was carrying out a lot of duties myself, which wasn't cost effective. In the end I bit the bullet and recruited Chloe who immediately made an impact straight away and made letting go very easy. She is so efficient in the way she works and has very quickly organised the entire office to make us more efficient. She has great telephone manner and our clients look forward to speaking with her.

"Chloe has made me realise the immense potential of young people and I couldn't have wished for a better member of staff."

Chloe has big plans for the future and is looking forward to completing her Business Administration Apprenticeship and enrolling onto a Management Apprenticeship in the future.

Lee added: "For years I have been used to creating environments to grow plants and now thanks to Chloe I'm creating an environment to grow the future of my business."

Inspired Garden Design website
The Source website

Images: The Source

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