Sargent's Solutions - How should landscape contractors handle design features they feel may breach regulations?
Written disclaimers from clients will not protect you against future liability claims, Alan Sargent warns.
Detailed inventories can help to prevent accidents as well as liability claims, writes Alan Sargent.
Your slogan should be sharp, snappy but simple and matched to your marketplace, Alan Sargent advises.
Proper paperwork and tight control of your business are key to avoiding disputes, Alan Sargent advises.
Planted displays can draw new customers but they entail costs and commitment, writes Alan Sargent.
Losing a valued member of staff can be a positive opportunity for change rather than a disaster, Alan Sargent suggests.
Failing to carry out a thorough external site assessment at the start of a job can lead to big problems, warns Alan Sargent.
Honesty, research and forethought are all essential when applying for a job in this industry, says Alan Sargent.
Buying another business can increase your own offer but there are important questions to consider, says Alan Sargent.
Sargent's solutions - regulations and legislative requirements underline the professional status of landscape contractors and gardeners
Regulations benefit individual gardeners and landscapers as well as the wider industry, Alan Sargent explains.
Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.
Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.
Taking a considered approach can help prevent welcome requests for extra work becoming a curse, Alan Sargent explains.
Clear terms and conditions and contract security can help smaller operators to avoid payment issues, says Alan Sargent.
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