Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses actively campaign on the many issues that matter to small businesses.  They do this by supporting and representing businesses at a local and regional level within Scotland, across the United Kingdom and in Europe.


Buy with Confidence – Trading Standards

Members of the Buy with Confidence scheme have all been vetted and approved by Trading Standards to ensure they operate in a legal, fair and honest way.  This vetting process involves Trading Standards obtaining references from a number of existing and previous customers, and a criminal records disclosure check.  Only after Trading Standards are satisfied that a business meets all the standards they set are they allowed to become members.


Institute of Horticulture

The Institute of Horticulture (IoH) is the professional body that represents people engaged in the horticulture profession across the United Kingdom and Ireland.  The IoH has recently be granted Chartered status.



The Gardeners Guild

The Gardeners Guild is a national trade network for professionally qualified gardeners.  Every member must have a horticultural qualification.


City & Guilds – National Proficiency Test Council – accreditation

City & Guilds, National Proficiency Test Council accreditation.  Michael is accredited and licensed to apply pesticides using a knapsack sprayer on land and water courses (PA1, PA6a & PA6aw).  The use of pesticides shouldn’t be a first choice method of controlling weeds or invasive plant material.  However, if pesticides are used by a business (i.e. other than personal use), it is essential (and a legal requirement) to have this accreditation in place.