For the December issue of Pro Landscaper, we spoke to design, build, and maintenance contractors in order to get an idea of the temperature of the UK landscaping industry to bring readers an end of year overview, with predictions for 2013.
2012 wasn’t the easiest year for the industry, and businesses countrywide struggled to stay afloat. One of the wettest years – particularly the summer – on record, paired with a lingering recession made conditions incredibly difficult for the industry to profit and thrive. We wanted to find out how business had been in 2012, and why, as well as predictions for the approaching year.
Most businesses admitted that trade was slower and quieter in 2012. The unseasonably wet weather over the summer months meant work took longer, increasing labour costs. Diminished council funds were also a big problem, and firms were forced to put in suicide bids in order to win work and tenders – but risked making a loss.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for 2012 however, the Olympics and particularly the landscaping of the Olympic Park provided work for some contractors – the event itself also helped to raise the profile of landscaping; thousands of visitors were able to enjoy the park during August.
Contractors that we spoke to talked about the competition coming from out-of-work building contractors, as well as changing trends in the country. Although the predictions for 2013 were varied, most agreed that the possibility is there for business to improve.
Read the full article on page 9 of the December magazine here.