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A Designer At Work: Enquiry Handling

Hopefully, having explored different options on how to present a garden design or landscaping brand to our target audience, we have now received some enquiries! The second stage of the design process involves handling these enquiries: this is especially important for designers because it will be the first active communicative response to our potential client, and we need to demonstrate our professionalism as well as our…See More
May 14, 2013
Charlie Douglas replied to Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com's discussion Japanese Knotweed issue in Glasgow
"Hi Nicky, We specialise a Japanese knotweed treatment in Glasgow. However I don't just want to advertise our services but instead help you out so that you can explain what needs to be done for your customers in the future. Japanese knotweed is…"
Mar 20, 2013
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com is now friends with Ena Ronayne and Daniel O'Donnell
Mar 18, 2013
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to Gary RK's discussion Is there 'unbaised' reporting of environmental concerns ?
"Looks like I've choked the debate which was not my intention folks: apologies... :s"
Aug 20, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to Gary RK's discussion Is there 'unbaised' reporting of environmental concerns ?
"Fair point Gary: in my opinion we aren't really being strong-armed into anything in an ecological sense in any major way.  We do have wind-farms but as has already been pointed out these clearly represent a sustainable form of energy…"
Aug 20, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com shared Gary RK's discussion on Twitter
Aug 20, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to Gary RK's discussion Is there 'unbaised' reporting of environmental concerns ?
"Also we have to respect the authority of the scientists - especially those who have been historically skeptical but are now renewing their positions: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/prominent-climate-change-skeptic-says-hes-now-believer.html"
Aug 20, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to Gary RK's discussion Is there 'unbaised' reporting of environmental concerns ?
"Gary - both AIDS and Influenza killed 10s of millions in the 20th Century: AIDS and Influenza still kill en mass in much of the world, and naturally one strain of Influenza will likely eventually overcome our current Western methods of resistance…"
Aug 20, 2012
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Aug 14, 2012
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Aug 7, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com shared Phil Voice's discussion on Twitter
Jul 24, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to Phil Voice's discussion Paying a gardener in cash 'is morally wrong says minsiter
"I'm sure many of us are seething at this: what an irresponsible and ignorant man?  To whom does this [insert powerful expletive and adjective combo here] societal liability actually address in his statements and on whose behalf does he…"
Jul 24, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to John Cavill's discussion Does anyone do free designs to get the business?
"That sounds like its working then John and fair play to you mate! I'm simply not in a position to make the speculation any more, and no carrot on a stick will convince me to spend time away from my beautiful wife and children without some form…"
Jul 21, 2012
Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com replied to John Cavill's discussion Does anyone do free designs to get the business?
"This is what I was really trying to say in my first response, but I disagree though that it "is a nonsense" to say that it may not pose a significant advantage.  If a customer comes across somebody that asserts they can produce a…"
Jul 21, 2012
John replied to Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com's discussion Sustainable Design, Landscaping and Gardening
"The first line of attack is the client/customer, many of which now have  children in secondry education being taught all about eco issues.  I have often been amazed at the changing attitudes of clients when their children move up to…"
Jul 21, 2012
Simon Smith replied to Nicky @ GardenImprovements.com's discussion UK Solar Garden Products
"I have little experience with it but recently installed a solar pir light for a client which she got from 'Powerbee' It is very effective and gives out a very bright led which has the added bonus of being very white light quality and…"
Jul 21, 2012

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Nicky Patterson :: Landscape Designer GardenImprovements.com

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Business name
GardenImprovements.com
Primary telephone number:
01414 161 262
Email address
studio@gardenimprovements.com
Website (be sure to check it's inserted correctly before saving)
http://www.gardenimprovements.com
About your business
Hi I'm Nicky! I live just outside Glasgow with my wife, daughter and two boys. I am a garden designer and landscaper.

I love my job and love the idea that I can improve people's lifestyle with what I do!

Please feel free to add me as a friend on the network - I am always keen to help others out with ideas and I'm always keen to see the work that other members produce.

Look forward to LJNetworking with you!

Nicky

You can also find me at the following places:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/nickypatterson
http://www.facebook.com/ukgardendesigner
http://www.youtube.com/gardenimprovements
skype:nicky_gardenimprovements.com?call
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http://gardenimprovements.com/wordpress
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RHS Chelsea: where are the 99%?

Posted on May 23, 2012 at 9:30 2 Comments

The environmentalist John Vidal wrote yesterday (22nd May 2012) in his piece "The Chelsea flower show is nature for the 1%" that RHS Chelsea epitomises a surreal version of nature so cherished and exalted by London's wealthy "garden enthusiasts".

"But gawd bless the…

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A Designer At Work: Enquiry Handling

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 13:00 4 Comments

Hopefully, having explored different options on how to present a garden design or landscaping brand to our target audience, we have now received some enquiries! 

The second stage of the design process involves handling these enquiries: this is especially important for designers because it will be the first active communicative response to our potential client, and we need to demonstrate our professionalism as…

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A Designer At Work: Initial Presentation of the Brand

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 12:40 0 Comments

Having established the 10 major stages of the design process; let’s now have a look at how these might be achieved:

 

Each week I shall concentrate on 1 stage of the design process and discuss my personal approach and what software and techniques I use.  I’d be keen to hear how your approach differs and what programs you utilise and in what way.

 

STAGE 1: INITIAL PRESENTATION OF THE…

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A Designer At Work: The Design Process

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 14:00 0 Comments

Last week we talked about the Pomodoro Technique and how the app derived from its method: Focus Booster is a great way to induce focus and increase productivity in the design studio.  This is a great general use tool to cover all stages of the design process that involve paperwork or computer work: but what is the design process – and do we all follow the same structure? Probably not, and it is…

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A Designer At Work: Time Management Techniques

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 10:30 1 Comment

Everybody has their own way of working and I’m no different, but as small business owners we often need to do many different jobs in one day – the types of jobs that larger companies have entire departments for: so there is a need to optimise time and focus on efficiency.

 

I am primarily a designer and I don’t know about you but my brain certainly behaves a little bit like a computer running on low RAM: too many applications running at once and ideas take a long time to load. …

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Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 23:06 on December 18, 2008, Susan Gallagher said…
Nice teeth!
At 21:31 on February 9, 2009, niall gibb said…
alright nicky

how did you add blogs on the left and do you know how to add rss feed to website? any help appreciated

ta niall
At 17:55 on March 12, 2009, Jackson's Landscape Design said…
Hi Nicky
Thank you very much for your kind words, website has been revised so will be updated Friday, please let me know what you think

regards

Kerry Delete Comment
At 19:30 on August 27, 2009,
PRO Member
Kieran Ray
said…
Hi Nicky. Im gd thanks=, shame bussines isnt but hey Im subsodising with other work! hows things for you?
At 15:25 on October 19, 2009, chris nangle said…
hi nicky ,we like your work too mate let us know if you ever need any help on any projects
regards chris
At 18:43 on November 6, 2009, Nick Donaghey @ Garden Gurus said…
Grew up in Crosshill so another Soosider mate! Guess the team now...
At 15:42 on November 7, 2009, Nick Donaghey @ Garden Gurus said…
Holyrood it was - lovely school - not at all a dump! I used to imagine what the folks in Clarkston were like growing up - is it as good as they all said? Steak pie for dinner every night?
At 0:13 on January 10, 2010,
PRO Member
Gardens4u.co.uk
said…
Im really going to lose weight now. If only i could turn that waitress's frown upside down !!

good site nicky , plenty of info and links ! lol
At 21:25 on February 3, 2010, Nick Donaghey @ Garden Gurus said…
Unbelievable - I'm usually all for giving people a chance but I'm beginning to think it's time for a regime change - feels like there's no heart in the team at the moment
At 23:06 on February 3, 2010,
PRO Member
Gardens4u.co.uk
said…
yes , im waiting for my new site - brother is doing it so,,,,,will take time............

all the best - i must check ur site for more humour :-( frown lol

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