BALI warns against landscapers dropping prices

Landscape contractors that "buy" work at low prices are committing a "slow suicide", a BALI representative has warned.

Landscaper Peter Killen - BALI's technical director for its UK Skills landscape gardening competition - said he was concerned by reports that firms were being outbid on work by up to 20% (HW, 4 September). "It has taken 20 years to get the industry to where it was before the recession; with landscapers dropping prices it is a slow suicide," he warned.

Killen said in the past he had seen a landscaping firm drop its prices to five per cent below cost in a bid to force other firms in the area out. "What [the owner] didn't work out was that when other landscapers went bust, their employees set up their own smaller businesses and undercut him," he added.

 

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