Rock of Gibraltar

A TAXING time!

January comes every year – hopefully! Besides keeping your new year’s resolutions, the other daunting issue at this time of year is TAX. Most self-employed people and some employees have to make a return to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (along with a contribution towards her upkeep!) Firstly, this is a reminder to submit your…

Don’t bury your head in the sand

It’s a subject men never talk about – Prostate Cancer. Despite being almost as common as breast cancer, awareness of this disease is tiny by comparison. Why? I think this can only be down to men’s attitude towards health. The shocking fact is that for far too many men this post will be a surprise.…

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Steal My Chainsaws!

As the nights have become longer, sadly the number of tool thefts have started to increase. With this in mind, contractors face a real dilemma. Should you advertise your business on your van? One Tree Surgeon has told us that his vehicle is one of the best sources of business. He even has a leaflet…

Never Forget

Here at Tree Surgeon Insurance, we’ll be falling silent for 2 minutes at 11am on Thursday 11th November to mark the Armistice. Will you be honouring this too? Annoyingly the phone rang twice last year – it wasn’t answered, but one caller had the audacity to moan. Don’t you think they should have different priorities?…

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Where is my money?

Yesterday I once again heard how a contractor was not getting paid for work completed. I asked him what it said in his contract, and the reply was ‘I don’t issue contracts’. Even more surprisingly, he stated that this was the 3rd time this has happened since May. At this point, I need to stress…

Trainee Tree Surgeons

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…