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  • Member eNews - April 2017  


  • Small Business Confidence Highest in Seven Years

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    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.


     


  • QBCC Company Licenses! DON'T be Caught Out!

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    Have you recently changed or are you thinking of changing your business structure to a Pty Ltd company?

    When completing annual business tax returns, Accountants will often recommend that a business switch from a sole trader/partnership to a Proprietary Limited company. It’s important to understand the difference between the two structures and the implications it will have on running your business. Reasons to change may include taxation or asset protection but it will also mean you need to apply for a Company Licence with QBCC in addition to your existing personal licence.
    https://www.ato.gov.au/newsroom/smallbusiness/general/thinking-of-changing-from-sole-trader-to-a-company-/

    Company licence fees vary depending on your turnover and LQ members should remember that maintaining their correct licences (as applicable to individual licence holders) is an important part of being a professional landscaper and adhering to the member Code of Ethics. Is it really worth risking your business reputation, getting fined or not getting paid by your client because you haven’t updated your licences when changing business structures? Read more below.

  • Public Holidays - Employee Wages & Entitlements

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    Members have previously been advised regarding correct payment of wages and entitlements on public holidays. This Monday 1st May is the last of the current batch of public holidays - if you missed the original article you can click below to read now.

  • Reminder: LQ Education & Training Committee

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    Members interested in becoming involved in our Education & Training Committee have until the end of the month to register their interest by emailing msorby@landscapequeensland.com.au 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.


  • Government Tenders Across Qld - Find Out More

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    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:

    • Kingaroy - 27 April at 3pm, BAS depot, 51 Prince Street
    • Townsville - 28 April at 2pm, BAS office, 9-15 Langton St Garbutt
    • Maryborough - 2 May at 10am, BAS office, 44 Ariadne Street
    • Chinchilla - 2 May at 2pm, Chinchilla RSL, 61 Heeney Street
    • Toowoomba - 3 May at 2pm, BAS office, 120-124 Mort Street
    • Mackay - 4 May at 2pm, Souths Leagues Club, 181 Milton Street
    • Cairns - 4 May at 9am, BAS office, 31 Grove Street
    • Rockhampton - 5 May at 2pm, Leichhardt Hotel, Cnr Bolsover and Denham Streets

    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.

     


  • Timber Deck Inspection Guide

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    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.

     


  • 5 Steps to Becoming an Employer of Choice

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    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.


  • How Healthy is Your Business?

    Protrade

    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. 


  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

    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


  • Domestic Landscaping Contracts

    Contracts
    Domestic Landscaping Contracts
    are now available to download as writeable PDFs from
    Landscape Queensland Website
    Member only area - 
    log in required
    Click here to view the top 10 reason to use the Domestic Landscaping Contracts

  • Costing Guide - Edition 7

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    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.


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    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
    that happening.


    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.
    Brett Oakley
    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.


    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1117#sthash.sgDuPL6D.dpuf

    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
    that happening.


    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.
    Brett Oakley
    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.


    - See more at: http://www.landscapequeensland.com.au/www/content/default.aspx?cid=1117#sthash.sgDuPL6D.dpuf

  • Landscape Queensland Thanks All Sponsors!

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    Landscape Queensland Board members and Staff would like to thank all of our sponsors.

     

    Please support those businesses which support your Association!


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