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Just started a helper who has said he has worked for companies in the past who got lots of their work from rated people. What are the collectives experiences with them. I don't mind spending money on marketing as long as there is a return. I have…

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David Benson replied to Harry@VWGS's discussion Hosepipe ban?
"north west water has announced a hosepipe ban today"
6 hours ago
David Benson replied to Richard Gadsby's discussion Heat:)
"there was a shower here last night lasted for about 20 minutes yet i was taking to a chap that lives about 12 miles away said they had a thunder storm with heavy rain to a extent it was flooding the roads and water was just running off the fields on…"
6 hours ago
Gary RK replied to Gary RK's discussion “Fully Insured”
"Industry stats suggest 1 in 6 SMEs do not have insurance’.
Even if that figure is out two or three fold, that’s still a few contractors taking huge risks ....."
6 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Phil Voice's discussion How do you define 'fully qualified' in our industry?
"I moved my dad into a housing association flat, it was sheltered housing, but apparently it is now supported living for the over 50's, which is a different issue, but I mentioed it so you get the picture.
some of the residents, including my dad do s…"
6 hours ago
Richard Gadsby replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Not to be trusted with sharp tools? Change in the law banning home delivery.
"Your right it won’t make the slightest difference in that circumstance. He could just as easily smashed a glass and stabbed her with the remains or all manner of other household items!
banning things that might be dangerous is not the answer "
7 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Not to be trusted with sharp tools? Change in the law banning home delivery.
"We are surrounded by knives on a daily basis and many people are killed and injured by the knives that are readily to hand in their own homes. Like one of my neighbours wives some years ago, who was lying in bed shouting at her husband to bring her…"
7 hours ago
Richard Gadsby replied to Gary RK's discussion “Fully Insured”
"How do you know how many don’t have insurance?
im insured but I don’t plaster it over my truck!"
7 hours ago
Andrew Midgley replied to Gary RK's discussion “Fully Insured”
"I prefer to use the term Public Liability Insured, rather than Fully Insured. I am always amazed at how many do not have insurance."
8 hours ago
Ben Jakes replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Not to be trusted with sharp tools? Change in the law banning home delivery.
"They're the cheap Chinese shit that the pikeys like to flog from the back of vans along with chainsaws branded 'Stilh'. Doubt they care too much about who they sell to.
 
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8 hours ago
Jon Ward replied to Andrew Betteridge's discussion Not to be trusted with sharp tools? Change in the law banning home delivery.
"I hope this doesn’t apply to eBay purchase as someone that collects old tools and does them up"
9 hours ago
John Fulton replied to Phil Voice's discussion How do you define 'fully qualified' in our industry?
"Experience gained through repetitive practice of a particular discipline makes us more automated , intuitive , efficient and enduring which we can hopefully transfer to different working envirinments .. 
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12 hours ago
Phil Voice replied to Phil Voice's discussion How do you define 'fully qualified' in our industry?
"Glad you liked it:) 
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13 hours ago
Phil Voice replied to Phil Voice's discussion How do you define 'fully qualified' in our industry?
""i think the phrase ‘fully qualified’ is more a marketing tool than a statement of fact."
If that's the case Andy then firms are at best this is misleading and at worst guilty of the law."
13 hours ago
Progreen Weed Control replied to Phil Voice's discussion How do you define 'fully qualified' in our industry?
"Nice to see the word 'Bunkum' being used again, phil ! Another word for 'fully qualified' might be baloney.  So much of this industry is based on knowledge& experience gained rather than formal qualifications. Someone with 5 years gardening/ landsca…"
17 hours ago
Neal Barker @ Etesia uk replied to Gary RK's discussion What could go wrong ?
"he is probably looking for his labour guy who has dissapered but left his boot behind,
there are so many horror stories out there and almost all are a lack of respect for the equipment the operator is using"
17 hours ago
Gary RK replied to Ian Kenyon's discussion Finding staff - where?
18 hours ago
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How do you define 'fully qualified' in our industry?

I read a statement by a landscape firm yesterday that all of their staff are 'fully qualified professionals'. Bunkum, I thought, that's impossible.  No individual can ever be qualified as there's no single examination or test in the landscape industry that can be set to determine qualification.  There's also so much diversity in the industry that all individuals would adding to their knowledge right up until the day they retire.  

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7 Replies · Reply by Andrew Betteridge 6 hours ago
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Finding staff - where?

Hi folks - keep hydrated out there ;-) So, where have you been sucessful in finding staff? I'm having no luck with regards to applications having tried local publications, Gumtree, newsagent and other local shops, Men's Shed, colleges, local Facebook pages and a few other things I can't remember right now.  Thought you guys might offer some out of the box ideas Thanks

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3 Replies · Reply by Gary RK 18 hours ago
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Accident at work...liability?

An employee of mine, who has recently left, has just put a claim in for compensation against my business. I would appreciate your opinions on the case. He was driver of a Nissan Primastar, lawn mowers were put in side door. The staff have always secured the lawnmowers in place with bungee cords, although I don't think this was neccessary. The member of staff in question removed the bungee cord from the handle and the mower drive lever for Honda HRB536C flicked back and hit him on his front…

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9 Replies · Reply by Richard Gadsby yesterday
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Not to be trusted with sharp tools? Change in the law banning home delivery.

Apparently there is a proposed change in the law that will mean you will only be able to buy bladed tools OTC (over the counter) in stores and at dealers. I am not sure how this will affect purchasing gardening and horticultural hand tools, but presumably will affect the sales of chisels and screwdrivers etc. There is an online Parliamentary petition that I have signed, whether it will make any difference is another matter. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/222776

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16 Replies · Reply by Richard Gadsby 7 hours ago

Garden Plants Online

Has anyone used this website lately to ordered any plants etc? i ordered some large trees about a month ago and now having all sorts of problems in getting a conclusion to it. seems the owner has been awol for the last week. its not boding well and i just wondred if anyone was in the same boat?  

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1 Reply · Reply by Andrew Midgley on Saturday
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CPD Days

The recent topic of CPD and keeping up to date and/or updating skills reminded me of several great opportunities (around the Shires- I guess I just look locally for them), but; - London Stone have run, and will again, a number of great 'free' CPD days covering 1/ Green Walls - designing, installing & maintenance, 2/ Trees - selection, installation etc, 3/ Selecting shrubs etc. All hosted by Expert businesses with any donantions given, going to Perennial GRBS - ScotScape are running free CDP…

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