Looking forward to 2012

In our industry preview for 2012, Willerby Landscapes' John Melmoe concurs with colleagues across many sectors of horticulture that next year will prove a difficult one, whether in the private, commercial or public arenas.

But he also reminds us that it should be a "fantastic" year too - because of the London Olympics and the Queen's diamond jubilee. "We need to get behind the spirit of both and recognise the business potential. We will not achieve this if we operate under a cloud of doom and gloom."

He is right, of course, and whatever else 2012 brings, opportunities will come to those who proactively set out to find them.

The number one challenge will be operating in an environment of continued uncertainty. But as many have found in 2011, while deals have become harder to win, funding harder to pin down and forward order books a thing of the past, activity across very many markets has actually held up - and, looking back, many have been surprised at what they have achieved.

With Christmas nearly on us, this edition of Horticulture Week is the last we will publish in 2011. Our next edition will be on 13 January. Our news team will be working over the holiday season to bring you all the latest news online at www.HorticultureWeek.co.uk.

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From everyone on the team, we wish you a happy Christmas and new year.

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