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Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

It is now clear that the British people have made the choice to leave the European Union. The countr...


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HortiTrends Weekly News & Comment - Landscaping Included in Finance Bill - Full Winners List for IFG Florist of the Year - ITB Horticulture Open Days - 26th Oct 2013

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The Restaurants Association and the ALCI now have something in common. They were both able to lobby strongly enough, so that the recent 2014 budget would be beneficial to their members. In the case of the powerful hotel/restaurant lobby (politicians have to eat) it was retention of the lower vat rate and for the ALCI it was to get Landscaping Included in 'Finance Bill' Construction Boost Measures. No small feat for the landscape sector, as politicians would not fear huge vote or funding losses. It will benefit landscape companies in the legitimate versus the black economy. Maybe the government just felt it was the right thing to do! How did they do it? Surely lessons for the wider sector to learn from in future horticulture battles. If there was ever a reason to join a trade body this was it. The cost of membership should not be a bar to getting behind your industry body.
IFG Florist of the Year 2013 - Full Results The full list of winners is included here. Karen Sherwin achieved 'Florist of the Year'. There was stiff competition and the current cream of Irish Florist talent will be looking over their shoulders at the flush of talent who excelled in the 'New to Competition' category including the winner Valerie Casserly. Jenny Murphy did not enter this year as she was heavily involved in organising and will be saving he rself for the 2014 Singapore Garden Festival.

ITB Horticulture Open Days 2013 will give potential students the opportunity to see what progress is being made on the new state of the art horticulture facilities. The project has been ahead of schedule and staff at the college now feel that they will be able to offer the perfect balance of practical, theory and work experience for existing and new students in an accessible full-campus location.