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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…

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…

Blackthorn Alert

Last year we had a run of injury claims for Blackthorn infections. What is it about this thorn that causes such an issue? Can somebody help? A few years ago one client almost lost the end of a finger – yet apparently Blackthorn is not poisonous ? Thankfully he had Personal Injury Cover so he…

ALWAYS take a photo!

A client has recently clipped a phone line. He was expecting a repair bill for £500-£800 but he now finds that he is being sued to replace a phone pole as well! To defend the claim, he has been asked to provide photos – which he has not got. We often hear about utility companies…

Another fool!

This week I heard another reason why a contractor does not need Employers Liability Insurance. ‘I get the client to help – it helps me undercut the competition’. This was from an Arborist who had been trained at a well-known college. I pointed out that this has a few Health & Safety implications and we would…