Landscaping business taps into service of local suppliers
USING local suppliers for property-related projects is all about a circle of growth within Gladstone, according to local business owner Jenny Verne.
Greenscape, which focuses on landscaping, irrigation and maintenance, has been offering clients advice for six years and its landscaper boasts 15 years experience in the field.
Ms Verne said it was important to utilise the services of other local businesses in order to keep money in our region.
"It's a circle of growth within - clients or builders who use Greenscape can be assured that we buy our products from local suppliers, which in turn puts the dollars back into small business in Gladstone," she said.
Ms Verne said not enough local builders and developers were using local suppliers.
"There appears to be very little work in the south-east Queensland region, which brings people searching for work, at any price."
She said the down side was fewer products were available locally, and in turn cheaper products were being used where possible.
"There are less skilled or experienced workers and this ultimately results in a lower standard of work."
Ms Verne said local service providers knew the area.
"Locals want to provide the absolute best for their clients because it is their reputation at stake," she said.
She also said there was peace of mind in knowing local services would be available in the future for any follow-up work.
"I feel out-of-towners are more likely to cut corners and not be so worried about follow-up service, as they won't be here to face the music after the job is done."
In relation to her own industry, Ms Verne said local landscapers had specific knowledge of plant types that flourished in the area, and how to best treat the soil.
Ms Verne, who is clearly passionate about quality work, said it was also important to check service providers were Queensland Building Services Authority (QBSA) licensed operators.
"Some of the landscaping we witness on a daily basis is simply a disgrace," she said.
"The result being that the town we live in and call home is left at a sub-standard level with little care taken by the non-local operator."