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  • Photo of Industry mourns the loss of Pete Stubbs

    Industry mourns the loss of Pete Stubbs

    Pete Stubbs sadly passed away on the evening of Sunday 26 September. Here, Nurture Landscapes – where Pete spent the last seven years – writes a tribute to the man who made a huge difference to the company and to the team. Over the past year or so Pete had suffered with some serious medical issues which had left him with no real immune system and after fighting hard over the past few weeks, he finally succumbed to COVID. Pete joined Nurture in March 2014 and played an integral part in shaping the Nurture business throughout the North and Scotland.…

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  • Photo of Countrywide Grounds Maintenance appoints new Nottingham directors

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance appoints new Nottingham directors

    Countrywide Grounds Maintenance has appointed Saj Raja and Mohammad Ikram as new regional managers of its Nottingham based location. The duo has taken charge of a leading grounds and winter maintenance service that has been operating in the Nottinghamshire area for over a decade. Mohammad Ikram, who will oversee operations in Nottingham, expressed his excitement to manage a “thriving grounds maintenance company” and has ambitious goals for the team and their future. “At Countrywide, we want to deliver the best standards and provide an excellent customer service,” he said. “Our expert operatives are ready to help customers, create more sustainable…

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  • Photo of Clive Betts MP joins Fields in Trust Board of Trustees

    Clive Betts MP joins Fields in Trust Board of Trustees

    Senior Parliamentarian, Clive Betts MP, has joined green space charity Fields in Trust as a new Trustee and will take on the volunteer role with immediate effect. Clive Betts MP has served his home-town of Sheffield as an elected representative since 1976, first as a City Councillor and, since 1993, as a Member of Parliament.  His longstanding Chairmanship of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, in particular the oversight of the 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry into public parks, puts him in a unique position to advance the work of Fields in Trust, protecting parks and green spaces for future generations.…

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  • Photo of Trades Coach and Pro Landscaper writer crowned as UK’s best business woman

    Trades Coach and Pro Landscaper writer crowned as UK’s best business woman

    The Trades Coach, Alison Warner, has been named as UK’s Best Business Woman for her pioneering work transforming trade and construction businesses. Alison was recognised for changing the fortunes of businesses across the UK, coaching owners to come off the tools and dramatically increase their turnover.  Alison is also founder of the UK’s first online business academy for the industry – Build and Grow – launching to popular acclaim in January 2021. Alison was one of just 2 business coaches to make it to the finals of the UK’s Best Business Women Awards beating thousands of entries from across the…

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  • Photo of Green-tech raises the bar by offering Degree Apprenticeships

    Green-tech raises the bar by offering Degree Apprenticeships

    Green-tech is providing its employees with the opportunity to study for a higher education qualification whilst continuing to work, by offering Degree Apprenticeships.   Designed in partnership with employers; higher and degree apprenticeships offer a higher education qualification, work experience and industry-relevant skills to create graduate calibre individuals within an organisation.   Leeds Trinity University will be running the Degree Apprenticeships for Green-tech. Investing in developing and retaining staff   Green-tech has long since invested in sourcing, developing, and retaining ‘talent’.   In 2017 they embraced the Government’s Apprenticeship scheme which saw them take on several apprentices.   It was…

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  • Photo of Eddie Topping Retires

    Eddie Topping Retires

    After 65 years, Eddie Topping has stepped down as Chairman of The Barton Grange Group. Now in his late eighties, Eddie has decided to retire. He has handed over the Chairmanship to his eldest son, Peter Topping, who runs the business with younger brother Guy.   Peter will continue to oversee Barton Grange Landscapes and the company’s nurseries. Guy will continue in charge of the award-winning garden centre and the Group’s latest venture, leisure venue The Flower Bowl.   “As far as day to day operations are concerned, nothing will change,” says Peter. “But Dad’s in his late eighties now,…

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  • Photo of Jim Wilkinson comments on the 2021 APL Awards

    Jim Wilkinson comments on the 2021 APL Awards

    As we sat down last Friday evening waiting for this year’s APL awards to kick off, we were disappointed not to be in London as it is a day that the team really enjoys. In fact it was the last live event we attended in 2020, (not then realising quite such a momentous occasion it would become) and we’re now looking forward to when we will all gather for another spectacular day in 2022. Back to this year’s virtual event, (bearing in mind we have sat through many virtual awards in the last 12 months and even hosted a couple)…

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  • Photo of idverde UK announces appointment of new CEO

    idverde UK announces appointment of new CEO

    idverde announced today that Doug Graham will step down as CEO of the UK company. He will be succeeded by Chris Pullen. Chris is an experienced leader who has worked in senior roles across the support services sector.   Doug has led idverde through a strong growth phase. He joined the business in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and has been CEO since 2017.    Hervé Lancon, idverde President, said:   “In Spring 2020 Doug Graham took a personal decision to stand down from his position of CEO at idverde UK.   Doug led the business through a significant growth…

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  • Photo of IWD 2021: Meet Alex Olley

    IWD 2021: Meet Alex Olley

    Closing our week of IWD interviews with inspirational women from the Eljays44 executive team, we have Alex Olley. Alex is our HR Business Partner – Alex has a ten year old daughter, three dogs and four cats! In her spare time she loves taking her dogs to the beach and playing board games with her family. What does IWD mean to you? I think it is important to celebrate the achievements made by women not just on International Women’s Day but every day to promote gender equality across the world. How did you get to where you are in your…

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  • Photo of IWD 2021: Meet Jess McCabe

    IWD 2021: Meet Jess McCabe

    Today we are catching up with our Head of Sales, Jess McCabe, on what IWD means to her! Jess is 27 and has recently become a first time Mum to her daughter Maya. Jess started her career in sales almost 8 years ago and has spend the past 4 years working for Eljays44, starting out as a sales executive and going on to run the entire sales operation as Head of Sales. What does IWD mean to you? IWD to me is about celebrating and empowering women! We live in a time where women are continually pushing boundaries, breaking stereotypes…

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  • Photo of IWD 2021: Meet Nina Mason

    IWD 2021: Meet Nina Mason

    In our second instalment of celebrating the women at Eljays44 for IWD, today we caught up with our head of content, Nina Mason. Nina is a head of content for all B2B publications produced by Eljays44 and leads a fantastic team of writers, subeditors and designers. Most of Nina’s role is delegation and management, but she still loves to get her teeth into features writing. What does IWD mean to you? Many people, myself included, would probably say IWD is about celebrating well-known and widely influential females across the globe – and it is. But it’s also about celebrating those…

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  • Photo of IWD 2021: Meet Lisa Wilkinson

    IWD 2021: Meet Lisa Wilkinson

    This week Pro Landscaper will be celebrating IWD by showcasing some of the brilliant women who form the backbone of Eljays44. Kickstarting our week of celebrations is co-founder of Eljays44, Lisa Wilkinson. Lisa’s career started in publishing and she had always dreamed of owning her own media business. What does IWD mean to you? I believe that anyone can achieve what they want through dedication and hard work – however I am aware that  women have had to fight for equal rights. I wouldn’t like it if I weren’t able to vote for who I want to lead our country…

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  • Photo of IWD 2021: Women In The Work Place

    IWD 2021: Women In The Work Place

    This year Pro Landscaper wants to recognise International Women’s Day, IWD, by celebrating some of the women who form the backbone of Eljays44 Ltd. Over the year’s Eljays44 has had the privilege of building up a strong leadership team, largely formed of inspirational women and what better time to recognise their hard work and contribution to the industry than now. Throughout the week we will be catching up with four women from the Eljays44 executive team, focusing on their careers, aspirations and most importantly what IWD means to them. Who will we be talking to? Kickstarting our week of interviews…

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  • Photo of Sarah Morgan awarded Fellowship of the Society of Garden Designers

    Sarah Morgan awarded Fellowship of the Society of Garden Designers

    Garden designer and former Chair of the SGD Sarah Morgan has been awarded a Fellowship of the Society. This is in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the profession. Sarah has been a Registered Member of the Society for 25 years. She ended her three-year term as Chair in September 2020.   Before that, she served on the council representing education and colleges.   On being awarded the Fellowship Sarah said:   “I am both surprised and delighted to be honoured in this way. It is a lovely accolade after 40 years of being in the industry.” During her time…

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  • Photo of Azpects Ltd ramps up restructure

    Azpects Ltd ramps up restructure

    Azpects Ltd, creator of EASYJoint, has ramped up its restructuring plans for the year by growing its production team as well as enhancing key support and procurement functions. Former field sales coordinator, David Hobrough, has been promoted to the newly-created role of sales support manager and will be responsible for overall sales team support, as well as managing merchandising requirements alongside the newly-appointed marketing team. Additionally, long-serving assistant operations manager, Kerri Skelton, has been promoted to procurement and logistics manager, with a focus on purchasing, stock control, and UK and international shipping. Two new operators have been added to the…

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  • Photo of Dan Cook steps down as CEO of the Landscape Institute

    Dan Cook steps down as CEO of the Landscape Institute

    The Landscape Institute has announced that its CEO Dan Cook will be leaving the association in April after five years in the role. A statement released b the Landscape Institute said that Dan “has been an excellent leader during a time of positive transformation at the LI and we’ll be sorry to see him go”. Dan Cook said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last few years with the LI and the changes we’ve made as an organisation. I’ve been particularly pleased that we’ve made the LI more current, modern and relevant. We’ve sought to have strong employer and industry engagement, and…

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  • Photo of London Stone announces new hire Paula Chalmers

    London Stone announces new hire Paula Chalmers

    London Stone has announced that Paula Chalmers has joined its business development team. Employed as a landscape consultant, Paula will be identifying and developing new client relationships in Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and East London. Paula brings 20 years of experience working within the landscaping and construction industry and offers a unique combination of skills. With significant experience working for CED Stone Group and Total Protection, Paula previously held positions as marketing manager and depot & operations manager, where she handled company rebrands, client relations, lead generation and logistics to name just a few. “This role places me in the heart…

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  • Photo of Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control names new managing director

    Ground Control, a leading supplier of award-winning landscaping and maintenance services, has announced the appointment of a new managing director, with Marcus Watson handing over to Jason Knights this month.   Marcus’ tenure has seen Ground Control win a range of prestigious awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2016. He continues to be a significant shareholder and non-exec director, helping to steer Ground Control in the future.   “Since joining in 2011, Marcus has led us through a period of significant growth and change,” said Ground Control CEO Simon Morrish. “His leadership has overseen continued phenomenal growth, as well…

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  • Photo of The terra firma Consultancy welcomes two new directors

    The terra firma Consultancy welcomes two new directors

    The terra firma Consultancy has announced that Alison Galbraith and Robyn Butcher have joined Lionel Fanshawe as directors and equal shareholders. This was a long-planned ambition which has now been realised and which strengthens the company’s long-term vision. Terra firma was originally set up in 1985, with Robyn joining the team 10 years later. Lionel followed as a new partner in 1996 and Alison in 2002. Winners of the Pro Landscaper Business Award for Landscape Architecture Practice Over 20 Staff in early 2020, the successful management restructuring rounds off the year on a happy note.

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  • Photo of Marketing undergraduate joins British Sugar TOPSOIL

    Marketing undergraduate joins British Sugar TOPSOIL

    Following in the footsteps of three former Lancaster University undergraduates, Bethany Blakemore has joined the British Sugar TOPSOIL team for the placement year of her Business Management degree. Bethany’s degree course specialises in Marketing and Accounting & Finance and she will have the opportunity to apply her marketing knowledge in support of the TOPSOIL sales team. Her role will involve managing the website and social media accounts and working on TOPSOIL technical and sales literature. Andy Spetch, National TOPSOIL Manager, is delighted to be welcoming Beth to the team: “The decision to provide placements for business undergraduates at Lancaster University…

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  • Photo of Band of Builders undertake landscaping job

    Band of Builders undertake landscaping job

    A Norwich father-of-four suffering from a rare neurological disorder will finally regain some of his freedom thanks to the efforts of a group of kind-hearted tradesmen and women. Chris Joy, 41, suffers from Cerebellar Ataxia – a rare degenerative neurological condition that only affects 10,000 people in the UK. The condition means that Chris, who worked as a plasterer until his condition made it impossible to continue, suffers from symptoms including loss of coordination, double vision, balance issues, speech issues and tinnitus and has to spend 50% of the time in a wheelchair. One of the main effects of the…

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  • Photo of Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades

    Dickies celebrates inspiration in the trades

    Global workwear brand Dickies is calling on tradespeople to nominate someone whose work inspires them as part of a new campaign celebrating those who love what they do and take pride in their work. The global campaign, United by Inspiration, United by Dickies, features footage of 10 of Dickies’ community of makers from around the world showing their skills, including British stonemason Rob Maxfield. In light of global restrictions on social contact, the footage was shot by the makers themselves and aims to highlight how those who make a living with their hands can continue to inspire each other despite…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Online Summit – An interview with Jim & Lisa Wilkinson

    Pro Landscaper’s Online Summit – An interview with Jim & Lisa Wilkinson

    JOIN US TODAY AT 4PM   REGISTER TO WATCH BY CLICKING HERE Continuing the success of the Pro Landscaper Summit webinar programme which has been discussing how the landscape sector has coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry has asked how the media and publishing part of our business has dealt with the huge changes we have all experienced. So this afternoon, in a change to the norm, in front of the camera and being questioned by well known industry figure Richard Gardiner, Owner of NAG Solutions, Jim & Lisa Wilkinson, the founders of industry-leading magazine Pro Landscaper will be…

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  • Photo of Lockdown Little Interview with Ian Drummond

    Lockdown Little Interview with Ian Drummond

    Ian Drummond – Director, Indoor Garden Design www.indoorgardendesign.com So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My partner Allan of course and our puppy Hamish who is an adorable Cavapoo. Alternatively, it would be Katherine Tate’s character Nan! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? It’s been incredible to be able to use digital technology for meetings – so instead of travelling in my Mini Countryman all over London for meetings I get to do them from home. I think I’m definitely going take that forward –…

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  • Photo of Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Alastair Peat

    Pro Landscaper’s Lockdown Little Interview with Alastair Peat

    Pro Landsaper’s Lockdown Little Interview Alastair Peat, Alfresco landscaping Ltd www.alfrescolandscaping.co.uk So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? Right now – my wife of 18 years, this is giving us the chance to spend time together with our 2 lovely children rather than the normal relay that is everyday life!! Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over?  The hour a day we spend together just talking, at the moment this is on our walk in the sunshine. But going forward, an hour of catching up properly –…

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