Paul was born and raised in Outwell with his mum and dad. He is the middle child of 5 having 2 older sisters and a younger sister and brother. His parents Ron and Bet had a smallholding and when Paul finished school for the day and in the school holidays, he would help his mum and dad with the work that had to be done.
When Paul was 15 he left school and started work at a local nursery, initially he wanted to join the Royal Navy to train to become a chef, however, he got a job at a nursery growing roses and other plants and realised his love of the outdoors and growing his own things was more of a pull than the navy. Paul used to nurture and produce up to 10,000 roses of his own every year.
Things changed and eventually, Paul got married and worked in a factory, but missed the pull of the great outdoors and gardening, so to fill this void he began maintaining neighbours and friends gardens when he wasn't working. He divorced soon after and gained the daunting task of raising two daughters on his own, to provide a great life for them, he undertook more and more of what he loved, gardening and landscaping.
By the time Paul met his now-wife Cathy he had a very good sized customer base but was still working as a hygienist in a factory. He and Cathy talked and Cathy juggled some figures and they decided that Paul should do what he loved full time, so in September 2016 Paul gave up his job at the factory, bought his first works van and Paul Smith Landscape and Gardening Services was born.
The business took off very quickly, his customer base grew and grew mostly through word of mouth and it became the business it is today.