Birthday party to celebrate success of jobs enterprise, Futures Greenscape

HOW IT ALL BEGAN -- MP Nigel Mills at the launch of Futures Greenscape in 2011.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN -- MP Nigel Mills at the launch of Futures Greenscape in 2011.

A social enterprise that provides services such as grass cutting, tree surgery, painting and decorating in the Ripley and Heanor area is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Futures Greenscape has been so successful since it launched that is has created jobs for 67 people and delivered services to more than 9,000 properties. Now it is to mark its birthday with a VIP celebration for more than 100 guests, including Amber Valley’s Conservative MP, Nigel Mills, at its depot in Leabrooks.

Futures is a housing provider that manages more than 9,000 homes in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. It set up Futures Greenscape as part of its commitment to get local people into work, and at the end of the enterprise’s first year of trading, a turnover of £370,000 and a profit of £11,000 had been registered. That has now swelled to a turnover of £1.34 million and a £90,000 profit.

The enterprise’s boss Wayne Green said: “It’s a great achievement to reach this milestone and look back on how much we have grown. Futures Greenscape is a strong and sustainable business that has successfully fulfilled its ambition of helping people of a variety of ages back into work.

“Initially, we specialised in grounds maintenance in Derbyshire, but now we provide a comprehensive service to thousands of customers, private, commercial and in the public sector, across the East Midlands.”

Futures Greenscape curently employs 12 young people as apprentices and also offers seasonal roles. Its example has even been followed by a top training organisation in the USA.