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Jul 21, 2021

"Our aim to have an apprentice on every contract that we maintain", says Countrywide Grounds Maintenance managing director Paul McKeown.

Having worked in horticulture his entire working life, a desire to give back to the 46 local communities where the firm has a presence led to 'community first' - an initiative which aims to train and recruit local talent.

McKeown also discusses the firms's journey so far, how the business fared through Covid-19 and goals for the future - as well his love of geraniums and Sunderland FC!