Living wage: NFU building case studies of damage to growers

NFU horticulture adviser Amy Gray said the NFU is building case studies of the National Living Wage's (NLW) potential damage to growers, with "every business looking at efficiencies" including the "danger" of staff cuts because of wage rises.

She added that NLW could drive automation but only "if you've got the money behind it - automation is still an expensive way to go. Small and medium nurseries struggle to invest." She said changes in corporation tax that could mitigate NLW are not applicable to many family-run nurseries.

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