Easigrass is targeting strong growth from the UK schools and education sector following a new and innovative partnership with Santander Corporate & Commercial Bank. The deal could see Santander fund up to £12 million of projects for the firm as it looks to work with schools and academies to improve their sports facilities and pitches.
The company was founded by former tennis pro Jonathan Gallagher, who manages Rhino Turf, and Anthony J. Gallagher, who manages all aspects of Easigrass’ residential and corporate business. Rhino Turf already works with a large number of sporting clubs, schools and councils throughout the UK and overseas, including London Irish RFC Academy, Chelsea FC, Ealing Trailfinders RFC, Wandsworth Borough Council and York University to name a few.
Easigrass, winner of Silver Gilt (2010) at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, is the only artificial grass company to have ever been awarded a Gold Medal (2012) for a Fresh Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and works in an exclusive retail partnership with John Lewis. Easigrass returns to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015 this week, supported by John Lewis for the first time, hopeful of a hat-trick win in this year’s judging.
Easigrass entered the UK home and domestic market in 2008 to supply and fit the nation’s corporate and residential sector with high-quality artificial lawns. Over the past seven years this has gone from a small local operation to become the UK’s most recognised supplier and installer of artificial turf the world over, with 31 partners in the UK, as well as international outreach in New Zealand, Spain, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
In particular, the firm has identified the UK schools and education sector as an area of strong growth and the funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial will enable Easigrass to expand the Sports division of the business in the sector. The innovative deal will see Santander fund projects once a contract has been agreed.
Jonathan Gallagher, Co-Founder, Easigrass, said: “We are very grateful to Santander for supporting the growth of the Rhino Turf/Easigrass business. The Easigrass corporate mantra is ‘excellence’ at every stage of the brand experience and Santander is clearly a like-minded business partner. The bank has developed exceptional links with sport, along with the creativity and experience to help us collaborate and provide maximum choice and flexibility to schools and academies when financing their sports facilities. We want to be the ‘go-to’ artificial turf brand for schools and public sector bodies, to help encourage young people to grow up active, healthy and to love sport of all types.”
Dave Sherrington, Business Development Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Easigrass as it looks to expand the work it does in the education and public sector. This partnership will encourage more sporting activities in the UK, and with the Rugby World Cup just around the corner, there’s never been a better time for schools and academies to place greater emphasis on sport. We are really pleased and proud to be a part of this drive.”
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