“Registering with Checkatrade is allowing me to build on my portfolio and to work on my reputation with the feedback from all of my customers, current and new,” Alex explained.“I strive for quality customer service from the initial meeting right through the job to the very last day.
Perhaps best known as owner of the Sculpture Park in Churt, Eddie has been collecting an eclectic mix of art over the last 40 years.Lifelong resident of the borough, Alex Flood, founded AF Landscapes to fulfill a long-term dream, and his professionalism and flair for design have since seen him establish a happy and loyal client base.“I take a lot of pride in my work and have always been interested in gardening and landscaping,” said Alex, who has 10 years experience in the field.“It was something I had previously done as a hobby, but I have been very lucky to start my own company.I’m based in Woking and cover many areas including Ascot, Bracknell, Guildford, Cobham and Farnham.” Alex and AF Landscapes are also registered online with the Checkatrade website, giving an added assurance to those who may not know their contours from their grading.They each developed pitches including requests for support in IT, meeting rooms, project/business planning, decorating, gardening, cookery lessons, marketing, trustees, fundraising events, labour, equipment, publicity, volunteers, training and storage, to name a few.
To support members as much as possible, the organisers held pre-event meetings outlining the format of the morning and giving an opportunity to hone their pitches before ‘speed dating’ with the businesses.
Participants had a pre-selected list of ‘dates’, each of which lasted 10 minutes; the organisations then needed to move on to their next appointment.
: “Creating the Sculpture Park and building up my collections has been the passion of my life, but moving to a smaller house has necessitated the sale of many items I’ve enjoyed over the years.
“Likewise, the Park is evolving and, with more than 700 artworks, on display, we need space to showcase more upcoming talent.” Director of Summers Place Auctions, James Rylands, said: “I’ve known Eddie for 10 years and have always been an admirer of his taste across many disciplines, as well as his unerring ability to nurture upcoming artists.
“Following the success of the first Eddie’s Eye sale in 2013 with 350 lots, it has been a pleasure selecting works for this one.” Eddie is an avid collector of the late (2002) iconic artist Robert Lenkiewicz, and the sale will include more than 40 of his pictures and prints, from £80 to £100 and £20,000 to £30,000 for top lot.
The 1st Byfleet Scouts, Age Concern Woking, Alzheimer’s Society, Arbor Centre, Brooklands Museum, Citizens Advice Surrey, Cornerhouse, Crossroads Care, Link Able, Mascot, Phoenix Cultural Centre, Surrey Care Trust, Surrey Welfare Rights Unit, Surrey Wheels for All, The Knaphill Cabin Youth Centre, and York Road Project took part.