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HortiTrends Weekly Comment & News Digest Jan 4th

Welcome to 2013 'The Year of Co-Operation. Lucky for some? We hope that whether you are a business, worker, jobseeker or trade related association that by utilising the information on HortiTrends, it will be a year of recovery for you.

You will read about and see a lot more co-operation as businesses realise that it is just not feasible to continue offering every product or service required by your customers. We predict/know there will be new formal groupings of business working together to deliver cost savings while also being able to offer the widest range of products their customers. As an individual business working on your own it will only get harder to get your products on the shelves. One product means you are an accounting/invoicing cost and extra paper work for the buyer. Find business's similar to you and see how you can come together to utilise shared logistics and marketing costs. The ability to win tenders will also depend, not only how strong you are as an individual business but also the partners you are associated with.

We started the Christmas period attending the funeral of deceased TD Shane Mc Entee who committed suicide. Back in early December we carried the news article Beechhill Bulbs a Sponsor of SOSAD Charity Bulb Planting & Fundraising Campaign. SOSAD is a suicide support charity. We got involved as we had recently lost a close friend to suicide. We also decided that we would name it our 'Charity of the Year for 2013'. On one hand I felt it was possibly not a relevant fit for the site and definitely not the happiest subject matter. Little did we know that it would bear down on Shane Mc Entee who had responsibility for food and horticulture. He was passionate about what he was doing and was also outspoken by all accounts. I am sure he was frustrated by some aspects of the job. The comments on social media sites by nameless people were also said to have hurt him. No-one could have for-seen what he did but maybe by getting involved with the charity we can learn a little more about the signs and keep an eye on colleagues who may be under pressure while also supporting the charity. Contact us if you would like to be involved and help through sponsorship and donations. Learn more here. http://www.sosadireland.ie/about.php

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