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      How can you support your staff’s mental health?

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      How do you respond when a coronavirus crisis hits?

      Business coach for the Trades and Construction industry, Alison Warner, gives her expert advice. In recent weeks we have all been thrown into an unprecedented situation, one that we have never seen before in our lifetimes. For landscape gardeners, I would imagine that this couldn’t have happened at a worst time, just as you come into your busiest months. So how do you respond? Well, at times of huge challenge such as this, it is all about how you adapt, and the speed at which you do so. Here are the key things to think about: Plan for the worst,…

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      Maternity leave – knowing your rights

      Pregnancy in the workplace and maternity leave can be a difficult thing to get right, especially in our industry where so much of the work can be manual. But it is important that both the employer and employee do it get it right. When you are pregnant, you have four main legal rights that an employer must abide by: Paid time off for antenatal care This must be at your normal rate of pay and can include antenatal and parenting classes if they have been recommended by a doctor or midwife. Maternity leave Statutory maternity leave is 52 weeks made…

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      National Living Wage set to increase from April 2020

      Low-paid workers will receive a 6.2% pay rise with a new National Living Wage (NLW) of £8.72 per hour. The new rate starts on 1 April 2020 and results in an increase of £930 over the year for a full-time worker on the National Living Wage. Younger workers who receive the National Minimum Wage( NMW) will also see their pay boosted with increases of between 4.6% and 6.5%, dependant on their age. Commenting on this the chancellor of the exchequer, Sajid Javid, said: ” This latest rise will mean that since we introduced the National Living Wage in 2016, the…

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      BALI launches Digital Marketing Masterclasses

      BALI and Adtak have teamed up to launch a one-day digital marketing workshop for landscape industry professionals. It will provide the latest tools and tips on ways to stay ahead of the competition online. Join BALI’s marketing team, qualified digital marketing consultant Andrew Lloyd Gordon and digital marketing agency Adtrak for a six-hour  workshop at BALI Registered Affiliate Majestic Trees in St Albans and Talasey Group in Doncaster. Exclusive to BALI members, this brand new BALI workshop has been designed to offer delegates who have an intermediate knowledge of digital marketing a chance to learn new skills and discover innovative ways to…

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      Pitfalls to Avoid When Writing a Job Advert

      Getting your job advert right is crucial. After all, it can be the difference between employing mediocre candidates and great ones. Getting the right calibre of applicants through door, relies heavily on how you write your job advert. However, this isn’t always an easy task, nor is striking the right balance when it comes to making your business stand out. With a long list of things to consider, it can quickly become an overwhelming process. Trying to make the procedure less of the struggle, the Pro Landscaper team have complied a list of their top tips on the pitfalls to…

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      Accounting Software needn’t be taxing

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      HMRC is urging people to get their Self Assessment return done early

      With 100 days to go before the 31 January deadline, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding customers to complete their tax returns early to beat the Christmas and New Year rush.   Last year more than 2,000 people sent their tax returns on Christmas Day, according to HM Revenue & Customers.   Angela MacDonald, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said:   “The deadline for completing Self Assessment tax returns is only 100 days away, yet, so many of us wait until January to start the process. Avoid the last minute rush by completing your tax returns on time…

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      Mental health awareness in the workplace

      With some devastating suicides hitting the headlines in the recent months, it seems that a conversation surrounding mental health – specifically men’s mental health – has opened up even more than before. So why is it so important to continue this conversation and how can we as an industry support one another? In 2017 5,821 people took their own lives in the UK and Republic of Ireland. That equates to 16 people per day. Although suicide rates are actually decreasing year on year – something we all want to see continue – suicide is still the single biggest killer of…

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      Infographic -the habits of a good boss

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      National Living Wage to apply to 21 year olds

      The Chancellor has announced his intention to reduce the age threshold for the National Living Wage (NLW). This will mean that it applies to those aged 23 and over from 2021, and to those aged 21 and over within five years.   This follows a review of the youth rates of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) carried out by the Low Pay Commission over the past year. The LPC made its recommendations to the Government in a letter sent in August, and which has now been published.   The LPC will publish its full report on the NMW youth rates,…

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      Can you use data to improve mental health at work?

      In today’s business landscape, huge amounts of data surrounds all organisations, large or small. Data can improve all aspects of a business’s functioning, but not all types of data are used well. Employee data is one type of data that is underutilised by today’s businesses. Employee data refers to any information about a workforce, and how its workers think, feel, and act. Analysing and using employee data isn’t a new concept, but it is still rarely done. Research has found that only 8 percent of managers report they have usable employee data. Mental health organisation, Mente, has said that businesses…

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      Business secretary launches £10m Brexit readiness fund

      Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019.   Activities funded by the grants must be open to both members and non-members, and to businesses large and small preparing for Brexit on 31 October. This will ensure all businesses will benefit and can be reassured that they are fully ready, from major British producers to the smallest tech startups and entrepreneurs. There will be no barriers, such as affordability of membership.   Applications for grants will be accepted up…

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      SketchUp: A model workflow – part three

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      SketchUp: A model workflow – part two

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      SketchUp: A model workflow – part one

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      How to prepare for a new starter

      Making sure you are prepared for your new starter and make them feel welcomed into the team by following these 8 tips. Make an announcement – ensure that the rest of your staff is aware that a new starter will be joining them. You don’t want the new starter to feel uncomfortable if they turn up and are greeted by blank faces who don’t realise who they are.   Assign people to help the new starter – it is good practice to assign a group of people to show them the ropes or even a ‘buddy’ who they can partner…

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      Rachel Bailey shares her top business tips

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      How to write a job offer letter

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      VIDEO: Virtual vision

      I’m sure most of us have seen virtual reality (VR) headsets being used for gaming and entertainment. The advancement in VR has really taken off in recent years, and is now being used in a variety of different fields, including: military training, education and sport. NASA uses VR software to control robots on Mars. It has even begun to be used to treat mental health conditions by providing relaxing meditation experiences aimed at reducing stress and anxiety. Excitingly, this software (smartphone-based options particularly) is being increasingly used in architecture and garden design. VR creates a digital 3D experience that we…

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      7 tips for conducting a good interview

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      6 things to keep in mind when reading a CV

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      7 tips for writing a job description

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      VIDEO: How useful is social media to your business?

      Social media is a part of most people’s everyday lives, and with businesses using it more frequently we were interested to know how beneficial you think it is to your business. We put together a short survey to find out how people in our industry use social media, why they use it and if they find it beneficial to their business at all. The results are in and are surprisingly varied. Twitter came out on top as the most used social media platform with 78.5% of people saying they used it, Facebook and Instagram followed closely behind at 76% and…

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      Making Tax Digital becomes law

      From 1 April 2019, the government’s major Making Tax Digital programme has become law for over one million VAT-registered businesses earning more than £85,000.   The new rules, first announced in 2015, will mean most businesses above the VAT threshold will need to keep their records digitally. As well as submitting their VAT return using MTD-compatible software for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April.   MTD will make it easier for businesses to get their tax right first time. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been urging businesses to get ready and has already written to every business…

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