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SISIS Quadraplay helps new groundsman

Lawrence Brown may have only just embarked on a career in groundsmanship (2 months in fact) but he’s already chosen the perfect partner to help him at Ilford Rugby Club in the form of a SISIS Quadraplay.

Ilford Wanderers Rugby Football Club has been e

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Etesia Buffalo – Power in Paradise

After two unsuccessful mowers, landowner Dr Ueli Zellweger has finally found the ride-on mower he was looking for to help maintain the ‘most beautiful spot on earth.’

Dr Ueli Zellweger, a retired veterinary physician, found his slice of paradise in 19

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After Ian Fraser, head greenkeeper at Pitmedden Bowls Club in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, trialled the Dennis Razor Ultra 560 for just a weekend - he quickly decided he couldn’t be without it.

Ian has long been associated with his beloved Pitmedden Bowls Cl

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Nigel Mortimore, Head Groundsman at Topsham Rugby Football Club, is a strong believer in first impressions – and his SISIS Quadraplay is helping him to create a pitch that opposition teams will long remember.   

A retired Physical Education teacher, N

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Insightful ICL technical update videos now available

With Anthracnose appearing to be on the increase in recent years, ICL Technical Managers Henry Bechelet and Dr Andy Owen, along with Dr Kate Entwistle from The Turf Disease Centre recently put toget

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John Brand, Greenkeeper at Topsham Bowls Club in Exeter, insists that the Dennis FT510 and the Dennis Razor Ultra 560 are helping him to keep the reputation of Devon’s finest bowls green intact.  

Founded in 1928, Topsham is one of the most premier cl

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MM60 turns on the style at the Kassam

Mark Walker, owner of Grasstek, has been widely praised for improving the pitch at Oxford United FC’s Kassam Stadium – with the club’s manager, Karl Robinson, even claiming that it has played a huge part in helping to improve the team’s style of play

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Etesia UK has announced a 0% interest finance option to allow customers greater flexibility when purchasing a new Hydro 80 MKHP5 ride-on mower.

Customers looking to purchase a new Etesia Hydro 80 MKHP5 can benefit from three years’ interest-free finan

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Billybop replied to Paul foster's discussion Business for sale
"the way I look at it is that those introductions are Leads, rather than Sales, there is a difference, the previous gardener has been paid for the work they have done,there is still on going hard work left to do rather than scooping up some kind of…"
12 hours ago
Ben Carter replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Andy
Your right about the not getting paid and just becoming a credit service.  I used to be a manager for a few of the national GM compainies and getting the money from firms was the hardest part of the job.  60 days often used to get streched to…"
15 hours ago
Ted Waldron replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Thanks Vic,
I currently have a very good gardening round in N.Wilts but may be relocating further west and want to diversify a bit so it's interesting to know the sort of charges for that Lind of work. 
I appreciate you sharing.
Ted"
16 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Commercial grass cutting is between £60 and £80 p/h.
Occasionally a little more.
But that is only time actually on site. It doesn’t include travel, time taken at the fuel station, loading and unloading at each end of the day or nipping back to…"
16 hours ago
Vic 575 replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"I don’t know what £5m of PL costs, but my £1m of PL which includes sub-contractor cover as well costs me £68 per year. I reckon if Chatsworth and the local council think that £1m is enough then it probably is."
16 hours ago
Christopher Rocca replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"With great respect 5mil of pl is quite cheap do you might as well have then you would be eligible for other contracts and quite frankly if your not turning over at 100 k pa then it's not worth doing 
you do learn through mistakes and many years you…"
17 hours ago
Graham Taylor replied to Nigel Rawlins's discussion Starting from scratch....
"... just avoid anything thats been used commercially and "ex council" as one Ebayer regularly used to say. ... though you do get the odd exception I know. "
18 hours ago
Billybop replied to Nigel Rawlins's discussion Starting from scratch....
"All good points, however I must say I have picked up some fantastic second hand bargains on equipment, depends what it is really"
19 hours ago
Billybop replied to Paul foster's discussion Business for sale
"The Goodwill element that is sold has very little value at the time, in fact I would consider it a bit rude to my customers to sell their details to somebody else, who I have no idea whether they are capable or not, these days there are things like…"
19 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"I don’t disagree with that, but just be wary that if you are operating as a small business which collects payment upon completion of the job you will need a different mindset and cash reserves to move into a market where customers assume they can…"
19 hours ago
Ted Waldron replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Out of interest Vic, roughly in what ball park are you charging?
 
Cheers
 
Ted"
19 hours ago
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"
21 hours ago
Andrew holt replied to Andrew holt's discussion Viking Mb4rtp
"Did this thanks Graham, got it all out, cheers "
21 hours ago
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…"
21 hours ago
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…"
22 hours ago
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…"
22 hours ago
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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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