Feedback from members suggests that the majority are still very busy in both the domestic and commercial sectors of landscaping, often with sufficient work in the pipeline for several months ahead.
This seems to be confirmed with the recent release of the latest State Government Sensis Business Index which showed confidence among Queensland small and medium business owners was at its highest level in seven years. Queensland's 414,000 small businesses contribute around $100 billion to Gross State Product and employ around 43 percent of the private sector workforce - landscape businesses contribute to those figures.
Small Business Week will be held from 15 - 20 May. The week is a celebration of small business and will give owners the opportunity to learn and acquire new ideas, skills and tools so they can take their businesses to the next level. Members are encouraged to participate and can find out more below.
Members interested in becoming involved in our Education & Training Committee have until the end of the month to register their interest by emailing email@example.com or phone the LQ office on 1300 883 966. Thank you to those members who have already contacted us to date. Further communications will follow over the next few weeks.
Local Queensland businesses called to share in $200 million school works program
Local contractors have been called to register for government work ahead of tenders opening for projects under the Queensland Government’s $200 million Advancing Queensland Schools program.
Department of Housing & Construction have recently announced a series of industry briefing sessions which will be held at:
They are free to attend and no RSVP is necessary.
Contractors looking to apply for tenders associated with this program need to be registered with Building & Asset Services (BAS) or on the DET PQC register. For further information about the BAS registration process, phone 3008 3319 or email Registrations@hpw.qld.gov.au. You can details of Government tenders via QTender and eTender or click on the link below for a list of projects in this current program.
Members may recall a recent deck collapse in Brisbane injuring 9 people. Decaying timber may have been a contributing factor in the collapse.
When members are working around existing timber decks there are some practical tips to check the stability of construction in Timber Queensland's Deck Inspection Guide - click on link below.
These days every business - big or small - wants to become an Employer of Choice. It is more than just a buzzword; it is representative of a whole new design of corporate culture. It means that people will choose to work for you. It means that people will choose to really dedicate themselves to your success.
If you put time and resources into training staff only to have them leave you read these 5 steps to becoming an employer of choice by LQ Member Benefits Partner Gibsons and stop the cycle now.
As you grow your business, one of the most valuable uses of your time as a small business CEO is to manage the financial health of your business. In other words, is your business healthy and strong? Or, are you skating on such thin ice that one or two bad months could mean the end?
The health of your business relies on careful financial/cash management. Maintaining financial security will ensure you stay on top of debt and allow you the space to grow your business. You should also have a goal to have a business that can withstand a few ups and downs (emphasis on the downs) and let you get a good night’s sleep.
PROTrade - Breakfast Workshop - Master Cash Flow & Maximise Profits 19th May 2017 discounted prices for LQ members!
Pool Spa & Outdoor Living Expo - Brisbane Ekka Showgrounds 27 & 28th May 2017
Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Trade Days - Full list of dates for 2017 Trade Days
Nursery & Garden Industry Qld - NGIQ - Spring Green is being held on the Gold Coast 25 & 26 July 2017
Fraser Coast Regional Council - Sustainable Agriculture Forum is being held in Maryborough 25 - 27th September 2017
Green Urban Scape Asia - International Exhibition and Conference on Landscape, Greenery Design, Construction and Technology, Returns for its Third Edition on 9 – 11 November 2017 at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Landscape Industry Costing Guide - Edition 7 is packed with information vital to your business you can't afford to be without one - purchase yours today from the LQ website shop.
Our approach to work place health and safety had traditionally been to use our common sense in day to
day work practices and conform with the minimum that was required by law. With the recent
introduction of the amended WHS laws and the offer of a free information night from Landscape
Queensland partner Stack Masula, we decided it was time to look at our approach more seriously.
Like many contractors I’m sure, we had our reservations about the cost to our business and the time it
would take to implement the required changes. We have a staff of 12, and for our business I estimate
it took me just one day of my own time, plus two days of a dedicated staff member, and around
$3,000.00 in costs. There were the expected jokes and rolling of eyes when we first started making
changes, but talking to staff now it is genuinely appreciated that we talk about safety regularly and
consider their safety at work a serious issue. It is also a comforting feeling as an employer to know that
if there is ever an incident at work then you have done what can reasonably be expected to have avoided
The documentation can be daunting when read in isolation, but in consultation with Stack Masula it can
be modified to suit individual workplaces (as we have done), so that it does not become a burden.
I would recommend it to all Landscape Queensland members who haven’t already done so.
Park Lane Landscapes
Member Benefit Partner Stack Masula have assisted many LQ members to sort through the WHS minefield and keep on top of this important area of running their businesses. For further information on how they can help you contact LQ office on 1300 883 966.
Landscape Queensland Board members and Staff would like to thank all of our sponsors.
Please support those businesses which support your Association!