Brainstorming ideas!

Lots of ideas for creating business. They could be good, bad or frankly silly, but all thought provoking and maybe one could be a winner? 

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Thinking outside the box.

Started by Fenlandphil. Last reply by Christopher Ray Nov 10, 2013. 3 Replies

I posted a reply earlier on Charles Langfords' discussion, in it I made a reference to an online wine retailer, Out of curiosity, I visited the website and from it got the idea for a range of new…Continue

Tags: wine, TED, obelisks, Rose arches, thinking

What sort of split are you using for your marketing activities?

Started by Rhianne Griffiths. Last reply by James Gardner Jun 11, 2012. 3 Replies

Old Media v New MediaLeaflet drops/ads in FreePress/Face2Face Networking   v   Social Media EngagementSince beginning my own business 6 years ago most of my lead conversions have come from social…Continue

Pre Designed Gardens?

Started by John Cavill. Last reply by Unreal Gardens - John Stobart Jun 11, 2012. 5 Replies

We all know how time consuming designing and quoting for gardens can be well here is an idea that can be progressed.How about a portfolio of 12 gardens, simply designed but dynamic and fresh. Lots of…Continue

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Comment by Rhianne Griffiths on January 30, 2012 at 21:08

Hi Phil and John

I hope I'm in the right place to help folk with some ideas for marketing their business? 

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Comment by John Cavill on January 30, 2012 at 21:17

Yes please Rhianne, any ideas would be fab!


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Comment by Rowly Hill on January 30, 2012 at 22:53

I like the concept JC.

I'm going to think around current operational issues and try to come up with a few curve balls for's a big brief and surely there are endless ideas and opportunities. thinking hat on!

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Comment by John Cavill on February 2, 2012 at 19:16

Hello all,

Lots of members and only a few days old! :) I have a tool idea! For ages I have been using a pair of modified secateurs to hold roses in my left hand while I cut them with proper secateurs in my right hand. They are great, I just hold and snip, hold and snip, then as I hold the garden grips over the wheel barrow I snip the roses into small pieces.  

What do you think, should this be the new LJN tool? No one makes any, and for me they are just brill. What do you all think?

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Comment by John Cavill on February 2, 2012 at 21:32

Me again, does anyone have welly boots that grip well, keep their feet warm, are waterproof but don't collect mud anywhere at any time? Mud free welly's, that would be a good idea!

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Comment by Rowly Hill on February 15, 2012 at 23:36

Hi John, I've got through a few pairs from a nipper to now and no I've never found anything that fits your criteria. Mostly cold, uncomfortable and have the unfortunate effect of removing hairs from the mid leg region when worn for long periods - a -ve for blokes but possibly money saving for the ladees:-)

Comment by alex morton on March 30, 2013 at 10:16

Hi all

I have been running a garden maintenance business for about three years and so far all my contracts are on a regular hourly rate basis.

I am keen to convert these into quoted annual contracts paid by the customer via standing order on a monthly basis over 12 months a year. I just wondered if anyone had any experience in running their business this way and how it works?

do the customers query paying for a reduced service over the winter months?

Do you price for the maximum time spent on site per visit or an average over the year?

Also if anyone has an example contract i could look at i would be very grateful as i am not really sure how to word such a contract.

Tanks in advance


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