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Hi all,

Me and my friend are planning on starting a partnership (unlimited) next year.

we both work in the horticultural sector but as employees only, no managerial experience. We are planning on working for both private home owners and the local authorities, purely grounds maintenance. can anyone tell us what licenses and/or qualifications we will need to work for these clients.

eg waste carrier license ect

 

Sorry if we sound stupid on here, we know what the work entails as we do it on a daily basis but we do not know the legal/ paper work side of it.

thankyou for you time any help/advice is appreciated.

 

based in oxfordshire

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Not sure about licences but you'll probably need an agent (accountant) to deal with HMRC. For chainsaw use & the felling of trees, the relevant CS tickets, altho' not strictly needed, I wouldn't advertise or take payment for work without having them & similarly for operation of chipper/stumpgrinder. Public liability (PL) insurance & maybe Employers Liability too. Theres some debate re whether EL is needed but its fairly cheap so IMO not worth the risk of being without. There may be more but thats all I can think of now altho' if you plan to work for the council there might be more hoops to jump re HSE/1st aid.

Edited by leswold

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You'll probably just begin with private clients.

An accountant is essential to avoid catastrophe.

Apart from that you don't need any licenses or qualifications. Especially for maintenance.

Just start simple.

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OK thank you, people have been saying look after your own accounts, but by the looks of it, and what your advising, they can save you so much money and give you brilliant advice.

 

cheers guys :)

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You can do your own income and outgoings but best to leave the end of year stuff to the accountant, lots less heartache and stress.:thumbup:

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The "partnership" is often the poorest vessel to ever set sail, they often end in tears.

 

Is it possible to split the business in some way? You each contributing equipment and skills, while each retaining separate owner ship of said equipment?

 

I'm not saying you will have problems, but its very, very common.

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