Recently I have asked the following people how their businesses were going this year, here in the south of England.
The owner of a large garden machinery supplier said that the usual rush to purchase, which usually happens in April / May just never happened this year.
The owner of a garden nursery that supplies bedding plants to the trade said that sales were down and below what was expected, and is trying to sell everything at a discounted price just to get rid of their stock.
The owner of a landscape maintenance business said that getting new leads to do estimates was very hard, but even when he was able to do an estimate the rate of conversions was well down.
The manager of a garden machinery repair department said that business is very slack this year.
This year we had (in the South) a rather cruel east wind blowing over the country for the first six months, which carried very little rain and left the soil dry and the water table level low. As soon as the east wind stopped we got a little rain, followed by this scorching hot weather and causing the grass to dry up.
How have you found business this year?