Grass firm is a growing success October 08 2014

Easigrass North East is a leading installer of artificial grass products for home and commercial use.

Hebburn-born John Devlin bought into the Easigrass franchise early last year after previously working in the paving industry.

Mr Devlin, 33, was looking for a new challenge, after being involved in the landscaping sector since the age of 18.

Now his artificial grass franchise business employs nine people – including five from his native Hebburn – and he plans to further boost the workforce to 12 by next January.

He said: “The first six months saw us having to grow faster than was initially planned and more Easigrass teams were brought in and trained with the Easigrass methods.”

The company’s work portfolio includes everything from domestic gardens to supplying trade customers, plus bigger commercial projects, such as work at the MetroCentre, Gateshead.

Last year was busier than expected and continued growth is predicted in 2015.

Mr Devlin added: “2014 has continued in the same vein, with smaller displays now appearing in garden centres around the North East, with a fantastic spring and summer display in the house and garden section at John Lewis, in Eldon Square, Newcastle.”

Next year is set to be even more successful for Easigrass North East, including the launch of the North of England’s first artificial grass showroom. Mr Devlin said that new apprentices will be recruited in January, as part of the company’s expansion plans, which include a new base in Gateshead.