A tree-mendous effort
OLDHAMERS wanting a Christmas tree without the hassle of filling the car full of pine needles can use a new Internet service. Gareth Mitchell (24), from Copster Hill, is gearing up to provide the perfect festive solution to the age-old problem of transport. - The Belfast-born entrepreneur has created an on-line Christmas tree shop. People can order a quality tree and have it delivered to their home simply by visiting www.tree2mydoor.com
Customers can log on, order a tree and consult a tree decoration service in a matter of minutes. They can even have their redundant tree collected in the New Year to be recycled. And it doesn’t stop there. For every Christmas tree sold £1 will be donated to St Ann’s Hospice, Cheadle, which provides care and support for people with life threatening illnesses and their families across Greater Manchester.
“We are very grateful for the support because every donation goes towards helping improve the quality of life of our patients, said hospice chief executive Terry McDonnell. “It is a fantastic example of a local company supporting a local charity to help the local community.
” Tree2mydoor is working alongside the Red Rose Forest - which is Greater Manchester’s community forest to make sure that everyone gets the Christmas recycling message. Gareth, who gave up working for Groundwork Oldham in Higginshaw to concentrate on the tree site, said: “It is important not to ignore the impact that Christmas has on the environment each year, with millions of tonnes of festive waste being added to landfill.
“I want to set a precedent with my company and encourage consumers to buy sustainable trees, and also to get them recycled after Christmas time.”
Publication date: Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Award will help firm branch out.
THE coveted North—West New Entrepreneur Scholarship (NES) Entrepreneur of the Year award has gone to Oldham man Gareth Mitchell Tree2mydoor.
Gareth, from Hollins, who collected a £1000 prize from HSBC Bank, took the award from a shortlist of five area winners at the NES North-West Graduation and Networking Night ceremony hosted by Lancashire Business School at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
The judges praised the business for innovative and well marketed products. Tree2mydoor sells a range of trees, plants and saplings via, a web site.
Gareth said: "I am delighted. It was great to be selected as the Manchester winner and a complete surprise to be the overall North-West winner. This will have a really positive impact on the business and on me."
Originally from Northern Ireland, Gareth was inspired when he tried to send his parents a tree for Christmas and could not find anyone offering the service.
Gareth added: "I operate through my web site selling quality trees to families, businesses and councils all over the UK. We also support the British tree growing industry and promote sustainability."
Publication date: Thursday, April 7, 2005