Beacon's handyman scheme is flourishing
4:00pm Monday 4th March 2013 in News
The gardening and handyman scheme set up on the Beacon estate in Falmouth eight years ago is flourishing with much of its work now coming from outside the town.
Beacon Community Enterprise Ltd was established by the Beacon Community Regeneration Partnership (BCRP) as a not-for-profit company with the aim of helping residents living locally with their gardening and general maintenance at a reasonable cost.
Grants from the National Lottery and the European Social Fund helped get the business off the ground with one full-time professional and two trainees who went on to gain relevant qualifications and move on.
The business had been operating with one employee, Gavin Dunn, a qualified gardener and tree surgeon but has recently taken on Ian Carter, (pictured above), and invested in a new truck.
Grenville Chappel, BCRP’s project coordinator, said: “As a not-for-profit company we run to budget and have just about managed to keep our heads above water. But, the last two years we have shown a profit and have fed that back into the company and any profits this year will also be reinvested.”