The Pro Landscaper November issue sees an assortment of industry heavy weights, laying out their views on crucial issues that hit both the landscaping industry and UK businesses as a collective. Here we break down a selection of the must-read features in this month’s edition.
Agenda: Is ‘flexism’ affecting your business?
Managing director of John O’Conner, Matt O’Conner kicks things off by pointing out, “flexible working can benefit both employees and the company.” His company’s staff have the legal right to request flexible hours after 26 weeks continuous service, but he sees this is no bad thing, continuing: “It can lead to a more efficient and productive workforce. We benefit from retaining staff and improving morale, as well as lower rates of sickness absence.”
Chiming in on the common flexible working obstacle of child care, Richard Broome of Outerspace UK comments: “We also offer a flexible arrangement for staff returning from maternity leave to offer as much support and comfort as possible.”
Let’s Hear it From: Richard Curle
“I left school and didn’t know what I wanted to do. I found work with a local gardener and I was hooked after the first day,” Richard says, speaking on how he found himself in the landscaping industry.
Richard is a founding partner at Landscape Associates which currently employs 24 staff and this year won a BALI award for Domestic Garden Construction over £250K. He answers questions on his association membership and the benefits of building RHS Show Gardens.
When Opportunity Knocks: Holly Youde
Diversification is key to business growth in the majority of cases. Holly Youde explores this further in her regular column. “Opportunities comes and go, so I believe you must keep an open mind.”
“Be the first to do something different.” Giving the consumer minimal hassle by offering a diverse range of services all in one place often makes a company very attractive. Holly goes on to point out the risks of overstretching this belief, saying companies can fall short when attempting to offer services out of their reach. But, she concludes her article with: “You get back what you put in – be brave, give it a go!”
The Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment: Anji Connell
In the inspire section, Anji Connell compiles a selection of ultimate outdoor entertainment systems, including sound systems and weatherproof televisions. She continues with essential things to conside before installation to ensure clients can get the best out of their entertainment areas.
You can view the full digital issue here.