British landscaping and horticultural policy group


British landscaping and horticultural policy group

This group is a sounding board for change within landscaping and horticulture. Please participate in helping to create a nationwide policy for the British Landscaping Industry

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Starting a professional association on this site - you may like to read a previous conversation on the same topic.

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Started by Phil Voice. Last reply by Graeme @ BGS Mar 17, 2013. 28 Replies

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Comment by Eleanor Law on September 18, 2013 at 16:57
Can someone help me with VAT registration please? I'm a little at odds as to what to list as, in terms of goods/services. Also need a bit of advice RE registering as a sole trader. any helpful hints would be appreciated. The HMRC website is rather confusing as I don't understand the jargon. I want to make sure I offer the right prices to my customers and protect them and myself against potential property/tool damage etc.
Comment by Alba Trees on March 18, 2011 at 13:50
I was at a Forest Research update yesterday and they talked about P lateralis in Lawson cypress.  This is a new, serious disease that threatens Lawson and Yew in this country, spread by containerised plants.  For comparison, P ramorum has destroyed the Japanese Larch trade within one season and led to thousands being felled.  P Lateralis is regarded with extreme gravity within forestry, but what about in horticulture as a whole?  This disease will cause much more damage to people's gardens than to forests - please spread the word, we need a central body to act now!  They showed footage of a Dutch lorry trying door-to-door sales of trees - where is the control and tracability there?

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Comment by Phil Voice on December 8, 2010 at 9:07
Thanks for your input Gary

It's fair to say that a lot has happened since this group started and many changes have been implemented by the associations - I feel we've reached a point where we can move on and focus purely on Landscape Juice and its members.

"The posting format within a group makes it so much harder to follow because you can't add to the post you're referring to."'s always been an issue and it's not ideal.

"Why not let the customer be the judge?"

Whole heartedly agree but I have to say, I'm not a fan of vetting in the sense that the criteria is established an implemented by a small group and nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors.

It's my view that the contractor should be honest, open and transparent about their abilities, skills and experience and place themselves in a position where they are open for scrutiny - it's then for the client to preview their business profile and make their decision based on the available information.

Continuous professional and personal development is one method I'd like to see expanded and used as a way of benchmarking.

Vetting is like an MOT...fine on the day it's carried out but out of day almost straight away.

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Comment by Phil Voice on December 7, 2010 at 20:24
Thanks to all who've joined today - let's keep the momentum and get as many as possible.

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Comment by Phil Voice on December 7, 2010 at 13:16
Hi Graham

I think the important word within your statement is 'trust'.

LJN isn't about setting a benchmark but it has always encouraged every single member business to be honest about where they sit in the market place.

It has always been my view that there is no better judge of a business than its owner and there is no better judge of the quality of their work than the most recent client.

By being a member of LJN, I would hope that each member is working to strengthen their position in the marketplace: we're open, transparent and available to everyone.
Comment by Alba Trees on December 7, 2010 at 13:08
I agree - if more than two bodies are trying to demonstrate comeptance of the company, then it becomes confusing for everyone. But if we were to set up a LJN association, how do we demonstrate to our customers that this is the logo to look for? This is surely the pivotal question.

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Comment by Graham Parker on December 7, 2010 at 12:54
The only association I know that regularly checks their members is Marshalls.

B.A.L.I. Did a very good check on us when we joined but we have had nothing since.

If I wanted to I could probably join 20 different organisations today just by going on the interenet without any checks. This can not be in our customers best interest.

I feel at the most there should be only 2 organisations covering our industry until then how can the customer have any faith in the various organisations signs we put on our vehicles or headed note paper.

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Comment by on February 24, 2010 at 20:20
note the GREEN TICK !

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Comment by on February 24, 2010 at 19:23

if this works ? i am at the job at the moment above green thumb !
Comment by laara copley-smith on February 24, 2010 at 17:47
Yes I agree much with this .
Something else that links to this is the last couple of years i and my associates have been in situations where others have put in such a low price you just cannot compete with . prices that obviously would not do the job and certainly not to a high or even good standard.
Also on some occasions it looks as if it is a price just to pay a wage.

we also had a situation recently where we lost an ongoing maintenance job/contract / where a new maintenaince guy ( Young , newly set-up) offered to do the work for a price which was so ridiculous. His month price was equivilant to a day !

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