Back in 1985, Paul Smyth started working life as a tool maker, however not long after boredom set in. Getting together with his school friend, Keith Pearce, a tree surgeon, Paul helped Keith at weekends and evenings with his tree surgery and landscaping. Hence KPS was born (Keith Pearce / Paul Smyth)
Over the next few years they built a good little business around the surrounding villages of Haywards Heath, however Keith decided to part ways 6 years later, leaving Paul running KPS, with his good wife Hazel. Working from home, many long hours and lots of hard work, every year they employed at least 1 new person (some are still here from this era!!)
The Smyth Clan (Paul, Hazel, Nicola, Danny and Jody) lived at the top of Ham lane running the business, however, neighbours started to complain about the tractors going back and forth, so Paul and Hazel bought an old barn on some land further down the lane. Living in a caravan with the 3 kids they stayed in the caravan for 3 years until they managed to build their own house. The work kept building gradually over these years.
Paul’s priority was always to invest money back into the business to grow it, and never say no to any work
The Storm of 1987
The big storm hit, and KPS were on hand to be a major part of the clean up teams for the tree damage and removal – the devastation as some of you remember was immense. KPS had work lined up for years to come, just due to the shear amount of work to be undertaken.
Work kept coming in and with a growing company it enabled Paul to tender for bigger contracts – which KPS won, including local council tree works, larger commercial contracts in grounds maintenance and tree work. So KPS continued to grow enough for the offices to be built 15 years ago. Works expanded – tree surgery of all aspects, fencing, landscaping, planting, burials, and employee numbers kept rising well into double figures.