BALI starts new membership year stronger than ever

New year sees British Association of Landscape Industries' membership up 10 per cent.

Wayne Grills addresses BALI members
Wayne Grills addresses BALI members

At regional AGMs held across the country, BALI’s chief operations officer Wayne Grills highlighted some key indicators that the body was strong, focused and delivering on outcomes.

Grills said membership had climbed 10 per cent on 2013-14 to 825 at the start of the new membership year on March 31. The BALI National Landscape Awards have also seen unprecedented attendance, and BALI events and workshops are oversubscribed. The association’s website has also seen a 43 per cent year-on-year increase in visits.

The benefits of membership have also expanded to include an HR and Health and Safety helpline and a comprehensive healthcare package.

The association is progressing in its engagement with the government and key figures of influence, and is seeing increased cross-industry collaboration on skills, training and education, green space funding and plant health and biosecurity, Grills said.

Grills said that those members who have engaged fully with the association are benefiting from its heightened profile with "buoyant order books".

"Amongst our objectives for 2015-16 is a drive to increase awareness of the BALI brand in the domestic market, matching its prominence with public sector and commercial clients.

"This will be a challenge, not least financially, but, with targeted initiatives ready to go and the association in a strong position, I am confident we can contribute still further to the success of our designers and contractors working in the domestic sector."

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