Mike first started working for himself at the age of 22 as a labourer doing garden maintenance, landscaping and tree surgery. Sub contracting for a landscape gardener, he learnt a lot about plants and horticulture. This encouraged him to enrol at Bishop Burton College to study for a National Diploma in Horticulture and Landscape Gardening. During his time at Bishop Burton College, Mike was a finalist for the Young Horticulturist of the Year.
In 2007 he gained employment with the Forestry Commission in Aviemore as a Forest Craftsman completing further courses and certificates in chainsaw operations, chemical spraying and all-
On returning to Yorkshire, Mike started work at SLIC Training as an assessor for young apprenticeships in horticulture, landscaping and environmental conservation, whilst maintaining gardening, tree surgery and landscaping jobs in the weekend.
Tom has been interested in construction from a young age. He began helping out at Robinson Builders Merchants at just 13 learning about the materials and skills used by the passing tradesmen. With his dad being a roofer, Tom assisted him giving him the experience and knowledge to repair and lay new roofs.
At 15, Tom began working for his brother covering all aspects of ground works learning to drive diggers as well as other heavy machinery. Part of the ground works included the installation of services such as drainage.
Tom moved on to work alongside an experienced property developer. Work included fitting kitchens, bathrooms, general plumbing, tiling, laminate and hard wood flooring. They also fitted uPVC Windows and doors plus other external works such as decking, fencing and paving.
In 2012, he started work for Robinson Contract Services where he operated heavy machinery, mainly diggers as well as loading shovels and tractors in an agricultural environment before setting up business with Mike at Turf to Tile.