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About Wolfie

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    South Cambs
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    Rugby, Motorbikes, Pool
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    S/E arborist
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  1. Can’t see any actual selling going on in this tread, so I’ll start: I’m having a corona clear out. These two old engines used on a pedestrian grinder. Both popping & backfiring when they got removed so going for spares - make me an offer. Also got a box of 357 and 372 spares that need to go, probably a few hedgecutters as well. Can post pictures.
  2. I used unmatched cases when i built a 200 from boxes of parts that I had - worked fine.
  3. The problem is that to also put yourself as furloughed as a director, it means that you can do nothing at all for the business which is impossible for most directors.
  4. Do all the other companies change additional retrospective premiums, as Trust do, if you do more turnover than you estimated?
  5. Thought the same, surely the government will be expecting everyone doing this
  6. Has anyone else looked into this 80% pay for employees? I’ve got someone off isolating so was trying to look into it today. From what I can gather, you will only be able to apply for the 80% grant if you would otherwise make the employee redundant. If your not planning redundancies then its SSP, which is a lot different! If this is right, I wouldn’t hold out much hope for a decent SE deal.
  7. If the 357 deal falls through, I’ll have it. Would also give me the opportunity to bring over a truck load of gear to get fixed [emoji16]
  8. They’re already thinking about that scenario, legislation for having to have 3 main anchor rope will be coming out next year.
  9. Sounds similar to a job that I had producing microfiche. Pile of documents to the left, take one and place on the flatbed under the camera, press a button, put on the pile to the right. Pre minimum wage so was on less than £2 an hour!
  10. I used those ultrasecure alarms a while ago. Don’t think that i paid anywhere near that amount for them though. I think that the reason i gave up on them was that they were so temperamental, especially the fob to switch on and off, plus false alarms which is annoying when it’s at a storage container. A cheap £9 Lidl one saved my tools a few years back. When some scum bust into my garage.
  11. Hi Paul, i know what you say is right. In the domestic sector we often get asked to do lopping and sometime you can’t convince the owner otherwise. Luckily in Cambridgeshire our district councils, generally, are pretty good but i hear horror stories from my son (working for a big firm in London) where the TO’s just want every tree pollarded, no matter what species. What i also hear is about the staff turnover and incompetencies which makes me think that these larger firms tendering for the contracts use a lot of cheap/inexperienced labour to keep their costs down. I’m sure the firm has all their paperwork in place and staff have most of the appropriate tickets but we both know nptc’s no longer(and never have) been proof of competency - another topic. I’ve always been in favour of a compulsory scheme to weed out the really bad ones, but that will never happen. For myself, happy doing domestic work, the scheme doesn’t really boost my business appeal, in 15 years i could count on one hand the amount of times that I’ve been asked if I’m a member of a trade association. I self regulate the standards of work, do my own cpd and constantly aim to improve my business systems.
  12. On a side note, most of these larger companies that do the council contacts are Arb approved, which is why I’ve lost faith in the scheme when i look at local accredited businesses that are supposedly at the top of this industry.
  13. And can be said that it goes back before that. A very respected lecturer once told me that the reason fruit trees have historically been pruned in the dormant period is mainly because thats then farmers had the available time to tend the orchards. I stay well away from the cut throat council contacts, prefering domestic work.
  14. Wood cutter, we’ve waited years since Cod Wood, thank you.


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