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Andrew holt replied to Andrew holt's discussion Viking Mb4rtp
"Thanks Paul, followed your advice, fantastic piece of kit, just done 2 mowers in no time, cheers"
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Vic 575 replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Actually, you don’t need five million public liability insurance and you don’t need to be VAT registered to do commercial work. I operate with one million PL and I am not VAT registered.
Chatsworth Estate usually requires £5m PL as a minimum, but…"
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Christopher Rocca replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Further to my previous msg
wuth great respect to Andrew regarding commercial work 
don't be out of by his experience there is good work out there but don't be to ambitious build up slowly and get used to your clients and get to know the accounts…"
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Andrew Betteridge replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"The carvery pub is now permanently closed, the lad who did the regular grounds maintenance charged £300 to go once a fortnight throughout the year, he maintained the beer garden, outdoor play area and car park with big hedges all around them, it was…"
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Andrew Betteridge replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"So even if you do just one day onsite once a fortnight you could easily have done the job eight times or more before you get paid for the very first visit.
I did some work for the car dealership that I bought my van from, they didn’t pay me for four…"
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Christopher Rocca replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
I agree with Viv 575 totally 
a couple of things he didn't mention, you need to be prepared to offer 30/60 days credit and also you should be VAT registered and have at least 5 million of public liability ins and have reliable equipment walk…"
1 hour ago
John F replied to Paul foster's discussion Business for sale
"Equally it could work out that customer gets a better deal from a new vendor who will go the extra mile . 
Agree though in principle the bond between client and gardener cannot be overlooked . 
At the moment a client has sold their property where i…"
3 hours ago

Starting from scratch....

Hello All.  Due to a change in my work circumstances, I entered the world of garden maintenance by accident so to speak. Starting in June this year, I have built a small but sustainable business that has kept my head afloat in these challenging times. There is no easy formula, but here are some of my tips , many of which are common sense! I am now winding down for the winter, but looking ahead to next year already.  1. Take every bit of work from day one and be prepared for a low rate and…

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2 Replies · Reply by John F 3 hours ago

Business for sale

Good Morning,  Just wondering with winter coming, is there anyone who is retiring or looking to sell there buisness this winter in the Hertfordshire / north London area? i would be more than interested to have a discussion  Thanks Paul 

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2 Replies · Reply by John F 3 hours ago

Winning and approaching new contracts and deals

hi all  I’m currently looking to expand my business and I want to go down the road of the commercial side of grounds maintenance, I currently have a nice round of domestic clients and some commercial properties ie a school and a few apartment blocks but I’m looking to get some more. I heard somebody mentioning about going around to estate agents and approaching them that way with a cover letter introducing myself along with a business card and copy of my liability insurance, id appreciate…

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6 Replies · Reply by Vic 575 27 minutes ago

Teasel ( plant or weed )

I have a customer who would like a patch of common teasel , I know it can be very invasive and i have suggested alternatives but they like the architectural quality of teasel .Has anyone encountered serious infestations of teasel ? I presume it can be controlled by cutting seed heads off which kind of defeats the object of having teasel . does anyone succesfully manage a patch of teasel and if it does become too invasive whats the best method of control ? Thanks in Advance .

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14 Replies · Reply by Andrew Betteridge 23 hours ago

Watering system for containers

Any help would be appreciated I've been asked to replant 12 concrete 'bowls' ...they are about 30 inches in diameter and 16 inches deep at the lowest point ...and it requires a watering system they are spaced out over a distance of 70 feet with the first one about 15 feet from the outside tap.As said any pointers on systems (i guess hozelock is the obvious) and kit needed would be gratefully received. Thanks you 

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7 Replies · Reply by Kris Baker yesterday

Lithium iron batteries thought's on optimum charge time's.

I should point out, i dont' actually own any battery powered kit as yet, maybe next year!However more and more people are going over to battery power, so i was just wondering how most people charge them.Do you just top them up or give a full charge every evening?As an example of good battery maintenance, for phones the optimum charge for battery longevity, is to maintain it between 40% and 80%. Constantly charging to 100% does more harm than good in the long term, mainly because force feeding…

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14 Replies · Reply by Andrew Betteridge on Monday
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