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RE: your thoughts please

Subject: RE: your thoughts please
From: Addison, Gilbert
Date: Dec 18 2008 09:19:36
You are betraying your youth Ben - just hang in and look after you a
breadth of disparate clients.


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-----Original Message-----
From: benfuest [mailto:benfuest@xxxxxxxxx.co.uk] 
Sent: 17 December 2008 18:25
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: your thoughts please

Hi all

Tree care is a service industry and in the economic climate as is will
presumably taking a hit. Developers are not building houses so no need
for development related tree services, house prices are falling, incomes
at risk so residential tree care bottom of list of things to do.

Councils burnt in Icelandic bank collapse so tree surveys possibly cut
back too............The posts on forum are mostly from council employed
tree officers. This is not intended as a dig just an observation, so
what of the contracting community, are we at risk of losing them and
there skills ?

I work across the pond in the USA a bit and looking at the top twenty
firms over there they start at about 24 million dollar turn over and go
on up to one point seven billion dollars. Of course it is all relative
and I dare say they are hurting, but over here it is all a lot more
cottage by comparison. 

Traditionally in such a cash calamity it is the commercial forestry
sector that takes the pain as the trees can be left standing till
markets return, Arb contractors have not had to experience this sort of
down turn before or am I wrong ?

Just thinking aloud an wondered what you lot thought.

All the best Ben




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