Management issues and advice for running successful horticultural businesses and complying with technical regulation and employment law
Business, HR & Communications
Ensuring that staff work well together in teams will deliver a range of benefits, Neville Stein explains.
Avoid repeating bland corporate messages if you want to get your message across, Ben Hurley advises
A motivated workforce can improve performance and customer satisfaction, Neville Stein points out.
If you have read one of my previous articles you will probably know that I consider employees to be a company's greatest asset and that they hold in their hands the success and reputation of the business itself.
Key principles apply to finding the right people for your organisation's job vacancies, says Neville Stein
Getting recruitment right in the first place is essential for any successful business, Neville Stein explains.
Anticipating future developments is key to grasping business opportunities, Neville Stein explains.
Keeping careful track of your cash flow is key to any successful business, says Neville Stein.
Having a fully integrated strategy is key to getting the most from your online presence, says Neville Stein
Understanding how to make use of PR can improve your image and draw customers, says Neville Stein.
Landscape, Amenity & Contract management
The hire of parks requires a marketing plan, a usage strategy and commercial focus, says Sid Sullivan.
Sargent's Solutions: Alan Sargent on speeding up payments and contractor troubles with weather-related delays08 January 2013
Q: How can I ensure faster payment of the last instalment on a contract? Even when the job is complete, I still have to wait long after we have finished. A: Terms of payment should be clearly laid out in your terms and conditions. I know that most...
An accurate grasp of your site's needs and your workforce's activity is essential, Alan Sargent advises.
Want to improve your leadership skills? Sid Sullivan identifies the habits that make successful managers.
Events require preparation to minimise damage and deal with the public diplomatically, says Alan Sargent.
In the last of his series of articles on tendering, Sid Sullivan looks at how to approach service delivery.
In the second of three articles on tendering, Sid Sullivan examines how to assess potential contractors.
In the first of three articles on tendering, Sid Sullivan tackles the key questions during the planning phase.
Planning a media response is vital to protect your business's reputation, says Sid Sullivan.
A volunteer strategy adds real value to the service - as well as the participants' CVs, says Sid Sullivan.
Management advice from Leslie Kossoff
Now that I'm back home in the Silicon Valley, I was particularly happy to see the HTA's new white paper How to Profit from a Connected World. From my perspective, it's past time your sector got with the program.
Let s face it, too many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the horticulture sector tend to be wary if not scared of social media. You worry that your employees will waste time posting on Facebook and checking out what their friends are d...
Kossoff On ... why you need to start thinking beyond the 'verticals' like your supply chain if you want to boost your business28 September 2012
If you're not already well into your planning for next year, you've got a big problem.
When I read the recent interview with David Domoney about his new venture with the RHS celebrating young gardeners (HW, 1 June), it was the closest thing to a hat-trick that a very non-sporty person such as myself could imagine. Here is my thinking.
We are living in a literal and metaphorical world of TMI (too much information).
There's a dangerous misconception about what Lean is and does. In fact, it's so dangerous - and so common - that most organisations either misuse the system, miss the opportunities, or both.
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