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Campey set to exhibit at STMA

Campey set to exhibit at STMA: Campey Turf Care Systems is set to exhibit at the 33rd annual STMA conference and exhibition between the 17th and 20th January 2022.

This year’s event is taking place at the Savanah Convention Centre, Georgia. It will feature Campey’s latest synthetic, hybrid and natural turf grooming products, and a new addition to the US from Campey, the Martin Lishman Micro-Spray.

Campey set to exhibit at STMA

Campey set to exhibit at STMA

The key aim of the Micro-Spray is bringing versatility to the groundsman’s armoury. A narrow footprint allows it to fit through most gateways and passageways to tackle hard to reach spraying areas.

With a 120-litre tank, the option of a 2.5m six nozzle or 3.5m eight nozzle three-section folding boom and the perfect combination of power, control and responsive handling, the Micro-Spray is suited to all types of sports grounds, golf courses and landscaping work. The comprehensive yet easy to use control box gives the operator more control over the sprayer with changeable motor direction to either walk behind or in front of the sprayer, 12 motor speeds, bout marker selection, a battery level indicator and optional hand lance.

Spray application rates, operating speed, and the pump pressure can be accurately and quickly controlled by the operator, as well as the adjustable boom height and independent shut-off nozzle bodies. All of these features come together to make a versatile sprayer that provides the same exceptional results time and time again regardless of where you’re working.

Other leading products on the Campey stand will be the Campey®  Uni-Scratch, UNIRAKE©, the Campey® SPEEDRESSER© and the Campey® LM3010 liquid transfer line marker.

The Uni-Scratch is ideal for the professional and effective maintenance of natural and synthetic grass surfaces. The machine has been developed to infill or refill when installing or looking after synthetic grass carpets. It can also be used to remove organic matter on natural grass hybrid carpet pitches when carrying out annual renovations. The Uni-Scratch moves on four supporting rollers, which are adjustable in height to allow the most appropriate working depth. The rotors can be equipped with springs or linear brushes in PPL, with rear linkage to tractors of at least 30hp.

The UNIRAKE© serves a similar purpose by removing organic matter. Still, users can adjust the severity of grooming to remove a varying amount of organic matter or simply stand the sward up to encourage growth. Altering the severity of grooming is quick and easy and can be done in no less than 30-seconds.

Line marking is made simple with the Campey® LM3010 liquid transfer marker. What sets this line marker apart from the rest is that it only marks the leaf/plant and not the soil. This means that when greening out the lines for re-marking, it is easy to remove existing colours and re-line with greater precision and less time.

It is a simple, durable and easy to operate liquid transfer line marker. Marking material is transferred from the 30ltr hopper to the 10cm wide marking wheel by a grooved rubber roller which allows marking up to post or flag. It has pneumatic tyres and an adjustable flow rate giving even and accurate lines. The tubular steel handles can also be adjusted for operator comfort.

Many professional sporting clubs in the UK and Europe have the line marker, such as the Salford Reds. In the United States, sports facilities, including the Philadelphia Union Soccer PPL Park stadium and the New York Mets, a professional baseball team at its Citi Field stadium in Queens, use it regularly.

Completing the Campey line-up at STMA 2022 is the Campey®  SPEEDRESSER©. The machine is available with 18m or 24m spreading widths and are designed to handle all topdressing material. The unique aspect of the SPEEDRESSER© is the four floatation tyres on a pivoting axle that massively minimise the risk of turf damage and compaction. This feature is especially important when working on a pre-existing surface but is equally important during renovations. The high work rate of the machine enables the spreading of dressings up to a depth of 2mm-75mm in one pass.

As always, the weeklong STMA event will provide a number of invaluable seminars, training opportunities and networking events. Throughout the week, Campey product specialists will be available to give advice on machinery and answer any turf related questions.

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Two is company when it comes to ISEKI

Two is company when it comes to ISEKI: ISEKI UK & Ireland, distributors of ISEKI compact tractors and mowers alongside their local dealer Rickerby based in Carlisle, recently sold a TLE3410 following an initial TG6490 IQ to Richmond (Yorks) Golf Club.

Established in 1892 Richmond Golf Club in North Yorkshire holds a 18 hole golf course, carefully maintained and constantly improved by a team of three greenkeepers headed up by Rob Spaven, Head Greenkeeper, Iain Leversuch and Daniel Dean.  With the course’s long history, the team are passionate about continuing to refine the course bringing it back to its natural habitat. Over-looking a valley it is perfectly positioned for stunning views at every hole no matter what the Yorkshire weather throws at it.

Two is company when it comes to ISEKI

Two is company when it comes to ISEKI

Having purchased its first TG6490 IQ tractor from local dealer Rickerby based in Hexham four years ago the club has since grown in popularity and memberships, which in turn means more pressure on the greenkeeping team to keep developing the course.

Commenting on the initial purchase Rob Spaven explained; “One of the main reasons we purchased the TG6490 IQ was because of the tractors low ground pressure ensuring minimal damage on the greens, we are a wet course thanks to the local Yorkshire weather so this is very important to us.”

“Another invaluable tool of this particular tractor is the Headland management system when verti-draining. Instead of acting like an octopus having to constantly keep lifting and lowering the implement, starting and stopping the PTO whilst turning and realigning, the headland management system cuts out the PTO when lifted and re-engages on return down all with one simple lever making these repetitive tasks so much easier and safer.”

“There is a big selection of 24 gears for the ultimate control, 1,580kg lift capacity perfect for operating implements, moving logs and towing trailers, and most importantly the air con cab is a god send when working in Yorkshire inclement weather!”

With the increased maintenance that was now required due to the club’s success, it was decided another tractor was needed to keep up with the workload.  This is where the new TLE3410 comes in, commenting on the decision Rob Spaven explained; “again with its low ground pressure and minimal damage on the greens the 40hp TLE3410 with 1000kg lift capacity was chosen for spraying and slitting fairways.  A really good, simple tractor that’s bomb proof and perfect for operators to just jump on and use.”

“As greenkeepers we are all worried about taking tractors on the greens, but when you’ve got two tractors that barely leave any marks, what more could you ask for! The TG’s reliability has been faultless, club’s don’t have as much excess money anymore, we can’t afford big repair bills but we have had no problems with this tractor.”

“After the excellent service and back up received from our first ISEKI tractor from local dealer Rickerby, we didn’t hesitate to contact them again for the purchase of our TLE3410.  The staff at ISEKI UK have also been brilliant, they are a friendly bunch to deal with, happy to answer any questions and there is really good communication from them.  I cannot speak highly enough of them to be honest and would highly recommend ISEKI products.”

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Soil carbon data added to product information

Soil carbon data added to product information: In its drive to lead the industry in providing extensive product information to its customers, British Sugar TOPSOIL is measuring its BS3882:2015-compliant general purpose topsoil, Landscape20, for total soil carbon.

Soil scientists Tim O’Hare Associates have carried out a comprehensive audit of the carbon contained in a typical sample of Landscape20 and will now sample the soil every six months at the point of despatch to monitor its carbon content.

Soil carbon data added to product information

Soil carbon data added to product information

The focus on soil health and its role in mitigating climate change has drawn attention to the levels of carbon that can be stored in soil. In order to give British Sugar TOPSOIL’s customers useful data on Landscape20’s carbon sequestration potential – i.e. its ability to capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to global warming – Tim O’Hare Associates will be monitoring:

  • Organic Carbon Stock (tonnes/Ha)
  • Total Carbon
  • Soil Organic Carbon
  • Soil Inorganic Carbon
  • Soil Organic Matter
  • Total Nitrogen
  • Organic Carbon:Nitrogen ratio

National TOPSOIL Manager Andy Spetch said: “We believe this data on the carbon content of Landscape20 topsoil will be particularly useful to housebuilders, developers, and construction and landscaping professionals who need to evidence their approach to delivering environmentally sustainable homes to regulatory and other bodies. All this information is freely accessible and downloadable from our website and customers can call us if they require clarification on the carbon content or any other technical aspect of our products.”

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Muirfield to The Machrie

Muirfield to The Machrie: Why golf course manager Dean Muir has no regrets about move to Islay.

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Muirfield to The Machrie

Muirfield to The Machrie

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The key to business success

The key to business success: Sam Jarockyj owns and runs JayRock Lawn Care and Gardening in Northeast Scotland. Age 27, Sam has built up a successful business and social media following.

He attributes his success to learning the basics like the back of his hand, marketing hard from day one, staying true to himself and his business’ vision, and of course, investing in good quality, reliable, trustworthy machinery to work.

The key to business success

The key to business success

Tell us a bit about your business

I run a one-man-band lawn care and domestic garden maintenance company in the Northeast of Scotland. The job involves upkeeping, treating and renovating lawns ranging from small 50m2 gardens to two-acre plots that require year-round work. I also look after a lot of maintenance properties that need things like hedge trimming and border work.

Describe your average day

An average day starts with the most important thing – a coffee! Following that, I usually have maintenance slots in the morning. I have a lot of 7am starts so being able to start with quieter work like pruning or borders is ideal. After that, it’s a mix of grass cutting, treatments and general maintenance work.

What are your main job requirements?

The main requirement for a job within my company is a basic knowledge of the garden. I believe in being hands-on and seeing things in person. You can learn a lot very quickly that way.

Attention to detail is also key, whether it’s ensuring a smooth finish on a hedge trim or a clean edge at the side of the lawn, this has always served me well.

The willingness and discipline to work in all weathers effectively and efficiently is vital. In this line of work, you’re obviously working outdoors most of the time and the ability to maintain high standards, even in the worst weather, can mean the difference between a good reputation and a lesser one.

What are your top five tips for success in the lawn care industry?

1. Consistent mowing

Having clients on a weekly or fortnightly grass cut is key. At the end of the day, if your client is having one cut a month, then that lawn isn’t going to look brilliant. Your work is your portfolio, and your competition and prospective clients will more than likely not know your agreement. Instead they will assume that you’re responsible for the finished result when actually it’s simply the long cutting cycle. For that reason, I don’t take on any work that has a longer than fortnightly cutting frequency.

2. Annual scarification

The build-up of thatch steals nutrients and water from your soil, like a sponge over a cloth. Scarifying annually as a minimum will reduce this thatch and allow the soil to take and hold more nutrients and water throughout the year. This will make a huge difference to a customers’ lawn.

3. Social proof

Before-and-after photos on social media are so important. They really illustrate your work in the most effective way. Take them at the beginning and end of a project, throughout the year for a regular customer, and post them frequently. Social proof is one of the best ways to build trust in you and your work before people have even spoken to you.

4. Basic understanding

You don’t need a degree, but do educate yourself on basic lawn knowledge: the main diseases, treatments, how the grass plant works and what will help a lawn as well as common reasons why you may have a lawn that struggles. You can achieve a lot in a garden just by knowing the basic facts.

5. Educate your clients

Help your clients to understand what you do and why. For example, why their moss-filled lawn will never be thick green grass if they refuse to have it scarified and treated. If they don’t understand why it’s happening, then they won’t understand why they need to pay for a service to have it fixed. Not only is this going to help your client and the end result, but it will build a bridge between you and them, helping to manage their expectations – what is achievable and possible. It will also create a better income per client throughout the year.

How is business at the moment, seasonally and post-pandemic?

I’m pleased to say we’re very busy. You focus on different parts of the business at different times in the year. For example, going into autumn and winter, it’s lawn care, hedges, power washing and pruning, they all have places at different times to keep you busy. Post-pandemic, I not only saw a rise in interest, but clients too, and it doesn’t look like it is going to stop any time soon.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

The best part of the job is seeing some amazing places around my area of work. You get to work on properties that are in such beautiful locations and really be in touch with the natural world around you.

The worst has to be the weather, although I do actively work through all conditions – sun, sleet, hail, snow – it’s never nice, especially mid-January in minus-two degrees, removing shrubs or clearing a garden!

What three pieces of kit would you not be without and why?

1. Weibang 48 Pro BBC

A lawn mower is the backbone of my business from March to late October/early November. Currently I’m using the Weibang 48 Pro BBC rear roller (with Kawasaki FJ180-AM74 engine) which leaves a beautifully striped finish.

2. Husqvarna 325iLK Combi trimmer

I love this bit of kit for both strimming and edging. It’s a standard day-to-day item throughout the year. Powerful and quiet, it takes so many attachments. It’s a real game changer having a combo system in the van.

3. Husqvarna 525bx leaf blower

This blower is brilliant. Whether I’m cleaning up debris from a scarification in May or putting leaves in piles in November, it has enough power to get through most jobs, leaving a property clean and tidy when leaving is key and this really helps with that.

How important is it to be able to rely on your machinery?

Reliable machinery is essential. If you can’t rely on your machines it can really turn around and bite you. Unreliable machines will cost you in so many ways: your time taking it to be repaired/replaced; financially – if you have bought something cheap or badly looked after and if you don’t have the money to one side to invest, then the money has to come straight from your profit. Using kit and equipment with a solid name behind them, like Kawasaki, alongside a good warranty will pay for itself a few times over.

How do you make sure you get the best from your machines?

First, look after them. I don’t chuck them around too much! Although most of the stuff is heavy duty, I still try to look after them as much as I can.

Regular maintenance like cleaning under the deck of a mower and ensuring the shoot and bag is clean can go a long way with its effectiveness. I get the machines with engines serviced when needed. This can be done by yourself or with your dealer, which is my preference.

What are the main features you look for in a mower?

I need a powerful and reliable engine. I want it to be comfortable to use with handle adjustment, SP and BBC bar placement. I also want collection ability. Basically, I look for a good overall performer.

What do you think of your machinery that uses Kawasaki Engines?

The two machines I use that have a Kawasaki engine are my Weibang 48 Pro BBC Rear roller and my Suffolk Punch 14sk cylinder mower (with 4 stroke Kawasaki unleaded petrol engine).

Both machines are really reliable, they run smoothly and always start on the first/second pull – even after winter. I love them. It goes back to reliability and having these machines with such well-known and trustworthy engines which makes them an absolute joy to work with.

What is your maintenance and service routine?

Quite frankly, I am pretty laid back about it and try to keep it simple! If it’s dirty I clean it. If it’s not cutting as I expect it to, I sharpen the blades myself (trimmer and mower). I get the main bits of kit serviced each year.

What’s your top tip for making the job easier?

Organisation. Using something like Awesome Cal or Google Calendar where you can book all your clients into specific time slots and colour coordinate them really helps. The more you can take off your plate during the day the easier things run.

How has new technology and innovation affected landscaping?

It’s had a massive impact. The fact that we can run marketing campaigns, manage our books, make client appointments, receive payments, order new kit and equipment just from our phones shows exactly how far we have come. Remote/robot-controlled mowers and the like are definitely the future… although I believe there will always be a place for a manned machine!

What are the biggest challenges facing professional landscapers today?

It’s becoming very apparent that there’s a huge change in the weather. Worldwide we are seeing more bush fires and flooding, seasons are changing with plants blooming out of sync to normal. We are seeing diseases like red thread that weren’t a big issue years ago becoming more prevalent. If it doesn’t put us out of business it’s definitely changing the way we work.

What piece of professional advice do you wish you were given when you started?

Trust yourself and your ability. There are so many things to know and learn. I sometimes think this may have stopped me from starting my business sooner. The truth is, you just need to trust yourself. You are more than capable of running a successful business and if your willingness to succeed is high enough, you already have the ability to achieve just that.

What are the most commonly asked questions from your followers?

‘How do I fix my lawn?’. And to that I answer: commonly a simple renovation will take a lawn back to a healthier state to which you can then build on.

Most frequent barriers to getting the job done successfully?

A clients’ willingness! Sometimes what needs to be done, isn’t necessarily what the client wants! Working within particular parameters, but remaining flexible and offering that customer service to build customer satisfaction is all part and parcel of a business.

Do you have any advice for those wanting to start a career in the industry?

Just do it. Doing anything is better than nothing. Research the area you wish to practice in, learn the basics like the back of your hand, market hard from day one as if you were a multi-million-pound company and stay true to yourself and your business’ vision.

Top tips for building and growing a successful company?

1. Marketing is key

There isn’t a lack of work, there’s a lack of marketing. Market yourself correctly and consistently until the point where you can’t take on any more work. At that point you either stagnate or grow. The choice is made with what you choose to do with your marketing.

2. Professionalism

Whether that is being in uniform or having uniformity across all social platforms, professionalism is seen a mile away. This alone can build much needed trust between yourself and your client. Eyes are always on you and your business, especially when you don’t expect it!

3. Be reliable

Reliability is what will continue to keep clients coming back to you, that and a well completed job.

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E-Series coming to BTME

E-Series coming to BTME: Dennis and SISIS will be introducing their new and exciting range of environmentally friendly turf maintenance machinery to the golf market at BTME 2022.

Working alongside carefully selected partners Dennis and SISIS have developed a portfolio of machines that have great battery life and range, with ultra-low noise and vibration, that are a NO COMPROMISE alternative to the petrol range they have been renowned for producing.

E-Series coming to BTME

E-Series coming to BTME

The investment and research have paid off and the E-Series boasts a range of superior battery-powered products that are befitting of the Dennis and SISIS badges.

Located in the Red Zone on Stand 244, visitors can expect to see the following products on display.

ES-26

Easy to use, superb balance, control, and easy pull back for accurate alignment of next run are just some of the features of the ES-26. With a 26” cutting width, this mower is available with a standard front roller for maintaining fine turf sports surfaces such as golf greens and tees.

ES–22 Ultra

Quiet in operation with ultra-low hand arm vibration, the ES-22 Ultra can help professionals enhance a playing surface. Very simple to control, variable speeds and clip rates, forward speeds controlled by the operator and easy pull back for accurate alignment of next run.

Using a 7 or 11 bladed cutting cylinder and groomer reel, this 560mm (22”) battery mower provides an ultra-fine finish on golf greens and tees. The tungsten tipped groomer can be in or out dependent on conditions.

ES–MK5

The ES-MK5 offers the industry a dedicated battery scarifier that has great battery life and range with ultra-low noise and vibration. It boasts a power output that allows the tough tasks of scarification to be completed without range anxiety.

It is a well-built, reliable machine that is operator friendly, and easy to control which ensures many years of service that helps end users dramatically reduce carbon emissions, maximise output and save money on fuel.

SISIS Flexibrush 

The SISIS Flexibrush is a tractor mounted brush which is equally effective dispersing top dressing and removing excess material on natural turf surfaces. It has a 5.35 metre working width, its brush sections ‘float’ to follow ground contours and the outer sections fold for transport and storage. Over the years, many greenkeepers have relied on the Flexibrush for a wide range of tasks including presenting and striping fairways when it is too wet to cut; standing grasses up before cutting to provide a better finish; dispersing worm casts and knocking dew off the surface.

Dennis & SISIS have been regular exhibitors at BTME for a number of years and as always, the company’s experienced staff will be available to answer any queries and offer valuable advice about the machinery on show.

Further information about the range of maintenance products available can be found by visiting www.dennisuk.com / www.sisis.com.

For more news, reviews and insightful views, you can follow Dennis on Twitter and Instagram @DennisMowers and SISIS @SISISMachinery. You can like the Facebook page –www.facebook.com/DennisMowersUK and www.facebook.com/SISISMachinery You can also view the latest Dennis videos by visiting www.youtube.com/DennisMowers and www.youtube.com/SISISMachinery

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From Tee to Green with KAR UK

From Tee to Green with KAR UK: KAR UK will be in the Red South Zone on Stand 228 at BTME showcasing a leading range of irrigation equipment that could make a significant improvement to your golf course.

KAR UK is an integral distributor of Hunter Industries irrigation equipment, which has, for over 30 years, developed the technology and infrastructure to create a new class of golf irrigation solutions.

From Tee to Green with KAR UK

From Tee to Green with KAR UK

Here is a snapshot of what to expect on the stand:

Hunter TTS rotors

The Hunter TTS-800 rotors provide maximum uniformity and longevity. The high-torque gear drives are the strongest in the industry, so the challenges of reclaimed water use or poor water quality are mitigated. An extra-large, fast-access flange compartment comfortably accommodates wire connections and other components.

The new 800 series feature Hunter’s patented TTS (Total-Top-Service) technology which allows for every serviceable element of the rotor to be accessed through the top. Mechanical and electrical, big and small, you can get to every component without disturbing the playing surface. That means there’s no more digging, no more unsightly scars, and more importantly, one less item on a busy turf manager’s schedule.

I-80 rotor

Engineered for sports turf, the I-80 is built with a robust, dirt-tolerant gear drive that offers the highest torque output of any rotor in the commercial sphere, and extends a radius range from 11.3 to 29.6 meters. The I-80 features a wide range of highly efficient, dual-trajectory, wind-fighting nozzles for highly efficient performance in a range of applications. It also provides TTS via its integrated, surface-mounted snap-ring for no-dig easy maintenance.

ACC2 and ICC2 controllers

Hunter’s line-up of controllers offer an array of user-friendly features and smart controller water-saving options built to fit any sports and landscape irrigation system. The modular design of the ICC2 and the ACC2 controllers set yet another industry standard for easy-to-use and expandable automatic irrigation controllers.  KAR UK will also demonstrate the new Centralus Software which is available to the ICC2 and ACC2.

Pilot PC-based central control system

A PC-based software package that makes central control of large-scale irrigation systems affordable, usable, and comprehensible.

Kasco fountains

In addition to the Hunter irrigation equipment, why not also ask the KAR UK team about the innovative Kasco decorative fountains? These unique fountains are renowned for improving the health of water as well as bringing a certain elegance to a picturesque pond.

Experienced members of staff from KAR UK will be on hand throughout BTME to provide advice and support for any of your irrigation projects.

For more information, please visit www.karuk.com

You can also follow KAR UK on Twitter @KARUK_LTD for much more news, reviews and insightful views

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Engineered to protect the lawn

Engineered to protect the lawn: STIGA’s new robotic lawnmower, designed and manufactured in Italy, helps produce a healthy lawn whilst allowing time for owners to enjoy their outdoor space in peace and quiet.

Stig is the first robot that can properly care for a lawn in just two mowing sessions a day, with an 80-minute charge and five hours between cuts. It allows the grass to recover and stay healthy, and leaves plenty of time for users to enjoy their outdoor space in peace and quiet.

Engineered to protect the lawn

Engineered to protect the lawn

It is the first of a new breed of robot lawnmowers and combines 90 years of STIGA’s engineering innovation and expertise with a deep understanding of the science of grass. Stig has been designed and developed in Italy, at the STIGA Group headquarters and production facility in Castelfranco (TV). This high-tech hub of innovation is home to a talented multicultural R&D department with a range of backgrounds and skills – mechanical and electronic engineers, technicians, software experts, prototype and test engineers and an agronomist.

Maximum lawn health and more time to enjoy the garden

A healthy lawn requires a robot mower to work with fewer cutting phases, and more time between cuts. Stig covers a maximum working area of 1200sqm, is suitable for all lawn terrain – even slopes up to 45% (24°) – and with twice the run time of any other robot mower. Because Stig completes mowing in daylight hours there is no night mowing to disturb nocturnal wildlife or neighbours and this also allows the lawn to fully recover.

Long-lasting clean energy and high-performance cutting

Stig runs on STIGA-owned E-Power lithium-ion batteries. These ensure reliable, long-lasting performance from a clean energy-saving power source with no emissions. E-Power batteries are designed for long-life: even after 1500 charging cycles they continue to operate at over 80% capacity.

Customers have the option to select two different sized batteries at purchase, to suit the size of the lawn they need to cut. Compact and lightweight (less than 8kg), Stig intelligently navigates gardens of all shapes and sizes, tackling narrow spaces and manoeuvring around trees and bushes.

It’s exceptional cutting performance is delivered via four pivoting carbon steel blades, spinning at up to 2850rpm. An easily adjustable height of cut ensures a precise grass length from 20 to 60mm. The cutting performance is matched by built-in safety features, pivoting retractable blades, two stabilising front wheels and multiple obstacle detection. If Stig is lifted or tips over the blades automatically switch off in under 2 seconds. It is also very quiet thanks to a bottom cover constructed from noise-insulating materials.

Intelligent navigation, user-friendly connectivity

With just five buttons for selecting primary functions, Stig’s on-board control panel allows users to get started quickly and easily. An intuitive interface and Bluetooth connection allows control directly from a smartphone, using very simple functions. A battery light indicates charge level, and a warning light signals the presence of hazards. Stig is supplied with the dedicated STIGA.GO App, available for iOS and Android. This provides advanced control including a full scheduling function allowing users to plan cutting sessions to suit their needs, the weather forecast and seasonal changes. Complete coverage of the lawns is guaranteed with two front coil sensors and a static algorithm. Using “Go-To-Cut” via the App, the user can instruct Stig where to begin mowing. Bump sensors detect objects, and the soft-shell body absorbs any impacts without damaging the mower. A rain sensor automatically sends Stig back to its charging dock.

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Tributes to groundsman David Leitch

Tributes to groundsman David Leitch: St Andrews United Football Club has paid tribute to former groundsman David Leitch who died aged 85.

Read the full article from The Courier here

Tributes to groundsman David Leitch

Tributes to groundsman David Leitch

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Greentech moves to Employee Ownership

Greentech moves to Employee Ownership: Leading sports surface specialists, Greentech Sportsturf Ltd has set up an Employee Ownership Trust to hold 100% of the leading sports and recreational surfaces firm and put it into the hands of the people who work for it – making them the direct beneficiaries of the company’s future success.

Started in 1998 by Kevin Brunton, Hugh Murray, and the late Tom Brannan (who sadly passed away in 2015) the company has grown successfully over the years and has worked on world-renowned fields of play such as Gleneagles, St Andrew’s Links, Hampden Park and Murrayfield Stadium. With Hugh Murray now retired the Directors wanted to look at an ownership succession option which secured the long-term future of the business, its employees and would work well for both clients and founders too. The co-founders were keen to avoid the potential pitfalls of traditional trade sale or merger options, keenly aware of the risks these options can present to employees and the business as a whole.  They saw many advantages to employee ownership and believe that it is the ‘win-win’ proposition for everyone – founders, employees and clients.

Greentech moves to Employee Ownership

Greentech moves to Employee Ownership

“The establishment of employee ownership through the EOT at Greentech Sportsturf will provide continued job security for all staff,” said Kevin Brunton. “It will also enable the employees to have collective control of their future, directly benefit from the ongoing success of the business and to continue to deliver market-leading projects in the design, construction, renovation and maintenance of sports surfaces.”

Employee ownership is growing significantly in popularity, with more and more companies seeing the benefits that can be delivered through this ownership model. Studies have demonstrated that employee owned firms are also more resilient and are proven to weather economic cycles better than most. This may prove to be important as firms the world-over deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Eric Carroll, Financial Controller at Greentech Sportsturf, commented: “I’m delighted that Kevin and Hugh have chosen this option for ownership of the business and I think this is great news for all the staff at Greentech Sportsturf. Everyone one of us now has a stake in the business and can share in the success and profits that are made going forward.”

Kevin Brunton believes that employee ownership is good news for clients too and will help to secure the long-term future of the company. “Employee ownership means clients need not be concerned with Greentech Sportsturf being acquired and the potential associated disruption that can lead to. They can feel secure in the knowledge we will continue to deliver the highest quality sports surfaces projects with our talented team of people and the best technologies for the job in hand.” Said Kevin. “It also gives the co-founders the opportunity to consider retirement and eventual exit from the business in a planned manner, mentoring the successor team whilst withdrawing slowly and ensuring continued growth and success. It really is a win-win all round.”

Greentech Sportsturf is a Scotland-based, leading sports turf contractor, specialising in the design, construction and renovation of all sports surfaces. The company has a diverse client base comprising world renowned fields of play including St Andrews and Gleneagles Golf Courses, Scotland’s national football and rugby stadiums, as well as smaller and regional sports facilities. Located on the outskirts of Stirling at Throsk, the company operates throughout the UK.

For further information contact Eric Carroll on mailto:eric@greentechsportsturf.co.uk

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