The British Association of Landscape Industries, is established to promote, support and inspire all professional landscapers, garden designers and landscape suppliers to be leaders of an environmentally, ethically, and commercially sustainable landscape industry.
BALI’s aim is to be the Trade Association of choice for the nation’s landscape professionals by delivering exceptional business, technical and promotional support for our members.
Member businesses include landscapers, landscape contractors, grounds maintenance contractors, interior landscapers, gardeners and garden designers.
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and suppliers.
The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is a modern, leading-edge trade association representing the UK garden industry. Established in 1899 at the Crystal Palace by 60 like-minded horticulturists, the HTA has, for over 100 years, promoted the interests of its members and the industry at large. A cost-effective and comprehensive range of business support and development initiatives are available to individual members. To the membership as a whole, HTA provides a vital forum for identifying and dealing with key garden industry issues and opportunities, represents industry views to Government and is its voice in the media.
With a retail turnover of over £5 billion a year, the UK gardening industry is a buoyant and growing market. The market has enjoyed good growth over the last 10 – 15 years, not least as a result of changes in lifestyle and disposable incomes. Socio economic conditions have worked in favour of the gardening industry with an increase in home ownership, higher disposable incomes and an ageing population. What’s more, consumers are becoming better informed gardeners and are more demanding, requiring better service and value. Gardening is even – dare we say it – becoming increasingly fashionable. The popularity of the grow-your-own movement is testament to the public’s increased interest in their environment, the garden as a refuge and a greater desire to connect with the earth.
HTA membership covers all aspects of the industry and includes some 1,600 businesses and 2,700 outlets representing retailers, growers, landscapers, service providers, manufacturers and distributors of garden materials. Retail membership includes specialist retail nurseries, the vast majority of independent garden centres, garden centre chains and some DIY and high street multiples. HTA member growers represent approximately 80 per cent of the total UK production of ornamental plants, including all major UK growers.
HTA also operates a number of groups that represent the particular interests of specialist areas with the industry. These include the Association of Professional Landscapers, the HTA British Roses Group, the Association of Liner Producers, the Association of British Conifer Growers, the Growing Media Association, the HTA Tree and Hedging Group and the newly formed HTA Bedding Plant Group.
ISO 9001 is the most popular International Standard and is the global benchmark for Quality Management system (QMS) for organisations who want to prove their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet the needs of their customers and other relevant stakeholders.
Benefits of ISO 9001 Implementation and Certification:
Reduce costs – By following best practice, ISO 9001 helps us make cost savings through improved efficiency and productivity as implementation helps us identify and highlight product or service deficiencies. Resulting in less waste, inappropriate or rejected work and few complaints – hence increase in customer satisfaction levels.
Competitive edge – ISO 9001 provides us with a competitive advantage in situations where it is not a contractual obligation or expectation.
Continual Improvement – ISO 9001 provides us with a means to take a more systematic approach to our business, enabling us to review, monitor and set new targets.
ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised environmental management system (EMS) standard which requires an organisation to effectively manage its environmental impacts through commitments to pollution prevention, legal compliance and continual improvement.
Benefits of ISO 14001 Implementation and Certification:
Enables us to discover and control the effects our business activities have on the environment.
Ensures we are compliant with legislative and other requirements by providing a systematic approach for meeting current and identifying future legislation.
Gives us a competitive edge over non-certified businesses when invited to tender – through certification to ISO 14001 we can demonstrate a responsible environmental attitude.
Royal Horticultural Society – Sharing the Best in Gardening
The RHS was founded in 1804, and their core objective is to be the world’s leading gardening charity by inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture.
From world-class flower shows and grassroots schools campaign to ground-breaking green-roof research and community outreach programmes – sharing the best in Gardening is at the heart of everything the RHS does.
The activities of the RHS are focused on delivering a real benefit to all those involved and interested in horticulture and gardening in the UK.
RIBA Product Selector
What is RIBA Product Selector?
Is an online building products library aimed at UK construction industry professionals with product information resources from over 10,000 manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and trade associations. Its printed counterpart, the RIBA Product Selector directory has been a primary resource for specifiers for over 30 years.
ABOUT RIBA Product Selector
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) was established in 1834 for “the general enhancement of civil architecture and for promoting and facilitating the acquirement of knowledge”.
Today, the RIBA upholds the study and practice of architecture, improving the built environment and maintaining standards in architecture through its members and the wider community. The RIBA provides the training, support and recognition which allow architects to reach the top of their profession.
Based at 66 Portland Place, London, the RIBA also holds a world-class architectural drawing collection, and organises talks, exhibitions, events and awards (such as the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize) which enable people to engage with the built environment. The RIBA receives no direct funding and relies on its 40,000 members and sponsors to accomplish its work, as well as its commercial arm, RIBA Enterprises.
The Guild of Master Craftsmen
The Guild of Master Craftsmen is the UK’s most established trade association, representing skilled and rated tradesmen, craftspeople, artisans and other professionals who strive for excellence in workmanship.
The majority of members are modern day craftsmen such as carpenters, builders, plasterers, plumbers and electricians, through to landscape designers, paving contractors, interior designers, bricklayers and flooring professionals. The Guild also represents traditional craftspeople such as cabinet makers, French polishers, furniture restorers, upholsterers, blacksmiths, thatchers, masons and stoneworkers.
The Association of Professional Landscapers
The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) comprises accredited landscape companies who design, build and maintain gardens throughout the UK. The rigorous inspection process to join is the toughest within the industry. Along with the initial inspection, each member is inspected annually to ensure each member has up to date insurances, complies with health and safety law and their quality of work is to the highest possible. The APL is the only landscaping scheme operator of Trustmark, a Government endorsed initiative that promotes professional trades to consumers.
The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) was formed to help consumers make an informed choice. Established in 1995, the APL, which is a specialist group of the Horticultural Trades Association, and represents landscapers who have met a required standard of professionalism. Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark scheme and are regularly inspected and agree to follow a Customer Charter. All APL members also hold appropriate insurances and have traded for a minimum of two years.