Display specialist Helliwell Horticulture secures first local authority job

Helliwell Horticulture has secured its first local authority contract in a three-year deal to supply and maintain all hanging baskets, window boxes and planters for Howden Town Council.

The five-year-old Sheffield-based firm will be responsible for growing, delivery, installation and maintenance of all planted items in the council's 110 hanging baskets and 15 mixed planters. The contract is worth up to £10,000 a year.

Managing director Neil Helliwell said that although it was not the biggest of contracts, signing a local authority was good news: "I feel that with all the doom and gloom at the moment and the cutbacks in the local authority budget, there may finally be a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel."

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