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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…"
18 minutes 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…"
36 minutes 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…"
37 minutes ago
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…"
1 hour ago
Christopher Rocca replied to Joe taylor's discussion Winning and approaching new contracts and deals
"Hi 
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
John F replied to Nigel Rawlins's discussion Starting from scratch....
"Yes very encouraging and practical advice . 
I would also highly recommend  doing some physical activity to keep match fit if taking a Winter break as trying to get back in stride come spring can be a painful experience for the muscles and joints ."
3 hours ago
James replied to Nigel Rawlins's discussion Starting from scratch....
"Well done 
Good advice and a good post
Best of luck next year, hopefully you will go from strength to strength "
14 hours ago
Nigel Rawlins posted a discussion
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…
16 hours ago
Robbie replied to Charlie Manton's discussion Pressure washing your kit/machinery, who does it?
"We wash the mowers after a wet day if we are out cutting at a local petrol station, under the decks and boxes. Always stay away from the wheels and rollers.
The mowers work much better and last longer if you look after them."
16 hours ago
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Charlie Manton replied to Paul foster's discussion Business for sale
"Selling/buying a 'gardening' business, especially if it's solely maintenance, is a risky business, and I imagine would be frought with issues. In many cases the reputation/success of this type of business is built upon the relationship the client…"
20 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to John F's discussion Teasel ( plant or weed )
"Teasels are plants that flower arrangers and florists make great use of."
23 hours ago
Paul foster posted a discussion
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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Fusion Media posted a blog post
Due to mounting pressure from the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Grounds Management Association (GMA) regrettably announces that it has taken the decision to move SALTEX to 3-4 November 2021, from its planned Spring dates (3-4 March 2021).The GMA…
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Kris Baker replied to Keith's discussion Watering system for containers
"Personally I hate drippers - prone to getting blocked, particularly in hard water areas. Local specialist nursery refers to theirs as their "Irritation system"
I use a loop, or two, of leaky hose in a circle around plant / container with with a T…"
yesterday
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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…

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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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