Industry calls for more support from chancellor Alistair Darling

The horticulture industry is calling for more support from the Government ahead of the chancellor's budget next week.

The HTA's director of commercial services Andrew Maxted said Alistair Darling could assist the sector by reducing the overdue business rates to help small businesses spread their rate payments and steer the Low Pay Commission on the national minimum wage.

"The chancellor could very usefully include a review of the Sunday Trading Act," said Maxted.

He added that he hoped the chancellor would take notice of retailers' concerns about reinstating a higher level of VAT in the post-Christmas sales period.

Horticultural consultant Geoff Dixon said: "I'd like to see some money in terms of horticultural research and development. We have already seen the closure of Kirton and there are dark mutterings about others."

Horticulture business adviser Leslie Kossoff added: "The Government is failing to put money into R&D. It should also be investing in creating consortia because then you are talking export."

- See leader, p16.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

Tree planting guide - three basic rules

Tree planting guide - three basic rules

Choosing the right plant, correct planting procedure and best aftercare are the three basic rules for sucessful tree planting, Sally Drury explains.

Tree planting - what are the benefits of planting trees?

Tree planting - what are the benefits of planting trees?

Mitigating climate change, providing windbreaks and reducing the risk of soil erosion are some of the best reasons for planting trees, says Sally Drury.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Arboriculture Contracts & Tenders

Jeremy Barrell On...

Jeremy Barrell

Tree consultant Jeremy Barrell reflects on the big issues in arboriculture.

Products & Kit Resources