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On-Job Training

There appears to be some confusion about the use of staff that are not ‘fully qualified’. Whilst this often relates to the use of chainsaws and/or climbing, this post is applicable to all aspects of work. I am not going to get involved in a health and safety debate about whether a qualified person should…

Setting up as an Arborist or Forester?

Watch this video to help you understand what insurance an Arborists or Forestry Contractor needs. This is our MD giving a training lecture to Arb Students as part of the business studies section of their course. The right insurance will help to protect you, your clients and any staff. This video is a must-see for…

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Pingdemic

I am sure everybody is aware of the NHS covid app ‘ping’, but what does it mean for you, a staff member or an employer? To start with, the ‘ping’ is different from being contacted by NHS Track and Trace. If you are told to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace, then it is a…

Do trackers work?

Does having a tracker on plant work? We have just heard about another case where a chipper was stolen and despite numerous calls to the police the owner watched it travel down the M2 to Dover, through Poland and it now lives in Ukraine. All that traveling and without it’s jabs! Currently most of our…

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Super Tax Relief!

Great news! The Chancellor is giving you 30% more tax relief on capital expenditure if you are trading as a Ltd company – check with your accountant. Normally when something is too good to be true it’s a scam, but unless we are missing something this really is AMAZING. Spend £100 and get £130 in…

Danger – Artificial Grass

We are experiencing a growing number of claims for damage to artificial grass which is creating a headache for contractors and insurers alike. The reality is that artificial grass is becoming more and more popular and unfortunately most artificial lawns are not surrounded by plastic palm trees like the set of a 1970s love island.…

Good News & Bad News

The Arb Show has also been cancelled this year  but the good news is that  the Virtual Arb Show is back once again. So put 28th -30th May in your diary and click on the link below. Let us hope for the real thing next year and an end to social distancing! https://www.trees.org.uk/News-Blog/Latest-News/Virtual-ARB-Show-returns-for-2021

APF Postponed

Europe’s largest Forestry and Arb Show has been postponed from this September until 2022.  I totally get that everybody’s safety is paramount but this show isn’t on for another 6 months and Boris has assured us we will be back to normal by then. Well I guess next year’s show will be even busier. Let’s…