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CORE Landscape Products prepare for RHS Chelsea!

Build has started on site for our ‘Step into Spring’ garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2022. Designed by Gillian Goodson and planted by Kenny Raybould, the garden is designed to showcase a range of our products – from how they form the building blocks of a good garden design and installation to the decorative finishing touches.

Read about it all in the May Issue of Pro Landscaper here on pages 86/87 – https://issuu.com/eljays44/docs/may_2022

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Manni & Harvey Keates talk to Pro Landscaper about running a successful family business

Now trading for over 10 years we talk to Managing Director Manni Keates and Sales Director Harvey Keates about their family business – CORE Landscape Products

How was the company formed?

Manni – Our dad started his landscaping company up in the early 1980’s and I actually went off and completed a law degree – however, the industry was too ingrained in me and I could not stay away long. Dad used to complain about the lack of decent products available – or how badly designed the existing products in the market place were. I saw the opportunity to work with factories to re design products with the installer in mind – making small changes to improve install time, save on packaging or provide a longer lasting product and so forth.

As a family business do you find it difficult in separating work and family life?

Harvey – not really, we both moved out from home quite a while back now but having grown up together we know how to press each others buttons to wind each other up in typical brotherly fashion! However, the flip side is we know how each other thinks – so we often come to the same conclusion when we have to make a decision and are quite good at listening to each other’s point of view and understand each other’s thought processes.

How has the business changed and evolved over the past 10 years?

Manni – Initially we set out with a basic website and selling from our mum & dad’s garage – most of the designers and landscapers we still work with today remember the early days of sitting in our parent’s kitchen having a cup of tea while we ran around picking and packing their order for them! We now have a dedicated 30,000 square foot warehouse with separate office and 11 staff.

Harvey – The business has evolved in keeping with being more conscious about our own environment – hence looking to offer as many products as we can from recycled materials, reduce our packaging where possible and use recyclable packaging. With recently taking on new sales staff we also made a companywide decision to only purchase electric vehicles going forward.

What would you say the company ethos is?

Harvey – To supply the very best products we can – which are designed with the installer in mind, and deliver them on time, every time. We are widely known for our excellent customer service and product knowledge and with both of us coming from a landscaping background it enables us to give installation advice – so it’s a full end to end service.

What unexpected challenges did you find along the way?

Manni – The main challenge is balancing staffing numbers and we learnt early on to have multi trained staff – so if we are busy any of us can jump into the warehouse to despatch orders or hop on the forklift to offload containers. We also grew so fast that we needed extra warehouse space early on – luckily the site we are on had several other units become available so we could expand into extra space easily as we grew – and keep everything on one site. If we had ended up with separate warehouses all over the county it would have been a nightmare!

How has the company’s marketing and literature changed over the years?

Harvey – Early on it was just Manni who would put the brochure together (and usually complain about my photography skills!) and now we have one full time marketing executive who works solely on all our literature. We now have a dedicated trade brochure for designers, landscapers, architects, contractors & specifiers – and an additional full range of specific literature for the equine industry, house builders, golf courses, hotel sectors and so forth. The B2B side of our business has taken off along the B2C revenue stream – so it’s a juggling act ensuring we cover both bases in terms of literature and information.

Is there any advice you would give to other young people considering starting up a landscape products company?

Manni – Don’t be afraid to ask for advice – when we started out, I asked not only my dad but all his contemporaries in the industry.  Also – get a really good accountant who explains everything, this is critical as it put us on a good financial footing from the start. And finally, don’t be too rash to make decisions – often sleeping on a problem overnight really does give you a clearer perspective in the morning.

How did the company cope in the recent pandemic and post Brexit period?

Manni – Luckily we had just increased our warehouse capacity and stock holding as the pandemic hit – so we did not have any issues with stock and we were able to then hold our prices when the Brexit issues with shipping and containers hit. Now things have levelled out at a bit we, like nearly everyone, has had to increase our prices a little due to raw materials and manufacturing costs going up. We have grown dramatically during the past 18 months – and had to take on 2 new sales staff to cope with the increased levels of interest and orders across the board – from merchants and wholesalers to designers and landscapers.

How important are social media platforms to the business?

Harvey – Our social media platforms are just as critical as the industry shows (both trade and public) and our brochure. Social Media gives such a fast paced flow of information on both products and projects alongside who is using our products and why. Instagram is the most successful for us – as it is such a visual way for our all our clients to interact with us. We recently supplied products to one of The RHS Young Designer of the Year Finalists for her garden at RHS Tatton – and the exposure was phenomenal.

What does the future hold for CORE Landscape Products?

Manni – to continue to grow organically and listen to our customers and their needs, we are always looking out for products that can be improved in terms of design and sustainability.

Harvey – to grow on our strengths and become the ‘go to’ supplier for sustainable landscape products.

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Sales Director Harvey Keates at CORE Landscape Products Named as Winner in Pro Landscaper ’30 under 30′ Awards

Sales Director Harvey Keates of CORE Landscape Products was announced as a winner in the Pro Landscaper sponsored industry awards ’30 Under 30′ – The Next Generation 2021. The initiative, sponsored by Green-tech, is now in its seventh year, which aims to recognise, reward, and promote the young rising stars in the UK’s landscaping industry. The awards, which have been running since 2015, has seen 210 winners of this prestigious award – propelling them into the landscaping limelight.

Pro Landscaper’s managing director Jim Wilkinson said: “It’s been another unbelievable year, and the quality of young people working in the sector has been really proving. “There can be a lot of negativity surrounding encouraging the next generation into the landscaping industry – but we must be doing something right somewhere as the 30 new winners are stars of the future”

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CORE Landscape Products Sponsor The Young Horticulturist of the Year, 2022

CORE Landscape Products were honoured to be asked to sponsor The Young Horticulturist of the Year Competition 2022 by Kristopher Harper – Chair of the Eastern Region (Chartered Institute of Horticulture).

The competition is a fantastic opportunity for horticulturists to test their knowledge, whilst meeting with fellow horticulturists from all over the UK and Ireland – and is free to enter. It is open to anyone below the age of 30 on the 31st of July and has a prize fund of £8,000 and entrants can win prizes across round 1, the regional finals, and the grand final – where the ultimate winner receives a £2,500 travel bursary to fund horticultural related travel anywhere in the world.

The first recorded national final was held 22 years ago in 1990 at Writtle College in Essex – and CORE Landscape Products were honoured to be asked to sponsor such as prestigious industry competition. We cannot wait to meet the regional finalists this Saturday at Somerleyton Hall!

Somerleyton Hall
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CORE Garden Screens at the 2020 BALI awards

What better way to start the year….

…than hearing that one of the 2020 British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) Awards was granted to a scheme using one of our CORE products!

Our Arabian Geometric Garden Screen in Core-Ten finish helped Rich Green of Rich Green Gardens to secure a BALI Award in the Domestic Garden Construction (under £30,000) category with ‘an urban retreat – Berkshire’ – showing you do not need to have a large budget to design and construct an award winning garden.

The prestigious British Association of Landscape Industries’ (BALI) Landscaping Awards is the biggest in the industries calendar. Usually held at ‘The Grosvenor’ on Park Lane, London – a special virtual ceremony took place on Friday 4th December 2020 which revealed the winners for the Grand, Principal or Special Award catagories.

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CORE Landscape Products announced as Main Category sponsor for The 2021 SGD Awards

November 27 2020

Having had our products specified by a large number of members of The Society of Garden Designers over the years, CORE LP are thrilled to be sponsoring the ‘Small Residential Category’ at the 2021 SGD awards – which will be held at The Landmark Hotel, Marylebone, London on the 6 June 2021. 

Numerous award winners across the categories have previously featured our products in their schemes in previous years and the sponsorship feels like a natural progression to support The Society of Garden Designers. Since 1981, they have been championing excellence in garden design, and supporting their Members to train, work, develop and continually maintain the highest standards.

”Out of 20 categories we felt the ‘Small Residential Garden’ category best suited us in terms of sponsorship and in supporting The SGD, their members and their work”

Manni Keates, Managing Director

ENDS

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CORE LP Help to Produce Latest Guidance Note 12, Published by Arboricultural Association

Available to read in full, here: The Association’s Guidance Note 12: The Use of Cellular Confinement Systems

The Arboricultural Association have recently published their latest guidance note for using cellular confinement systems near trees. The guidance note has been updated from the former guidance on this subject – the Arboricultural Practice Note 12, which was a short guide published in 2007. The updated one arrives as the Arboricultural Association Guidance Note 12 – describing in more detail how cellular confinement systems can be used for ground protection near trees, whilst drawing on industry experience to provide practical advice on how to accurately specify and install new hard surfacing above tree root zones.

Here at CORE LP, we were pleased to be able to provide the majority of the diagrams throughout the latest guidance note – calling upon our expert knowledge and experience of facing the issue of protecting trees with Tree Preservation Orders – using our CORE TREE ROOT PROTECTION SYSTEM®. Our Managing Director, Manni Keates contributed his diagrams to the guidance note and had this to say:

“I was happy to be able to offer the technical drawings and diagrams throughout the latest guidance note. The updated document is a great guide into the correct method and practical application needed to ensure the tree roots will remain protected – as well as describing the suitable surface finishes for cellular confinement systems. An A-Z of tree root protection.”

Manni Keates, Managing Director

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Andrew Barringer and Kevin Harden Join CORE Landscape Products

Tuesday 20 October, 2020

CORE Landscape Products are pleased to welcome both Andrew Barringer and Kevin Harden on board as they join as Sales & Marketing Manager and Sales Executive.

Andrew brings many years of experience in the business to business sector, most recently with 7 years developing the trade division for Harrod Horticultural before joining CORE Landscape Products. He brings a huge amount of industry experience and relationships to CORE, along with strong links to The Society of Garden Designers and the British Association of Landscape Industries – having spent many years on the regional committee covering East Anglia. He has worked alongside some of the leading designers in the industry on both private and residential projects, along with numerous show gardens over the years.

Kevin has also been a key person for many years in the landscaping and construction industry at Harrowden Turf and British Sugar TOPSOIL, during which Kevin forged many long term business relationships and participated in numerous trade shows and industry events. He also supported the landscaping industry whilst spending five years as the BALI East Anglia Regional Chairman – a challenging role that was a voluntary position to give back to the industry.

“We are pleased to have both Andrew and Kevin join our team. The past year has seen a huge increase in both sales and enquiries, so we had to ensure that the candidates that joined us were able to hit the ground running – and they were the perfect fit. They both bring a wealth of industry knowledge and experience that will help to push our operation and brand forward. I look forward to working with them!”

Harvey Keates, Sales Director

ENDS

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CORE Landscape Products Turns 10!

We are celebrating our 10th birthday today here at CORE Landscape Products!

A great journey that arose from humble beginnings to where we are today, a comment from both our Sales Director and Managing Director to commemorate our anniversary:

“Today marks our 10th Anniversary – what a milestone! I am incredibly proud of our team and of how far we have come, and I thank our loyal customers for 10 fantastic years.

Our rapid growth over the past 18 months has been nothing less than exciting. With the introduction of CORE EDGE, and expansion into our new offices, our company has evolved. We have a fantastically capable team, and each and every one of them brings something brilliant to the table.

However, regardless of how much we have grown, I’m proud to say we have maintained our core values. Our attention to detail and customer support is unfaltering, and just like day one, no matter the size, every project matters!”

Harvey Keates, Sales Director

A comment from our Managing Director, Manni Keates:

“10 years in business is a great achievement and as a family run business we are immensely proud of how much we have grown over the last decade.

Things have really progressed from starting in our parents’ shed and storing materials in their garden to our current HQ where we have over 10,000 sq/ft of warehouse space, 7,000 sq/ft of yard and a 1,200 sq/ft office.

We have always had great products, but the focus over the last couple of year has been building a motivated and successful team to really help the business progress and move in the right direction. We have also been upgrading our infrastructure and improving our efficiency which should enable us to not only continue our growth over the coming years, but to continue to deliver our high quality products to our valued customers.

I think a key factor of our success has been our customer service and attention to detail. We started out as Landscapers ourselves, so from the very beginning we had the knowledge of what makes a great supplier from the customer’s point of view.

We continue to have a passion for innovation and we have some fantastic new products in the pipeline and exciting developments within the business which we will be revealing later this year.

I would like to thank all our loyal customers; without them we would not be where we are today. We have had highs and of course some lows, but every experience has been a learning curve. I hope that you will all continue this journey with us… and let’s see where we are in 2030!”

Manni Keates, Managing Director

A big thank you from all of us here at CORE Landscape Products, and we can’t wait to keep reaching new heights together.

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CORE RESIN BOUND: New Collection

The new year brings fresh opportunities and plans that landscapers up and down the country both prepare and look forward to. With Christmas out the way, the industry looks forward to preparing new products and projects for the approaching landscape season. Here at CORE Landscape Products, we are no different. At the back end of last year, we were keen to update our resin bound stone collection for the new year.

After revisiting our current collection, we updated all selections by replacing the ones that we had to offer and then added a further 7 resin-bound collections to choose from. We now offer a massive 38 bespoke resin bound mixtures that offer an incredible aesthetic and finish to a driveway or commercial area.

Our CORE BOUND Resin comprises a two-part polyurethane resin that when mixed with dried aggregate provides a beautiful looking permeable paving solution. We offer the resin in both a UV stable and Non-UV stable edition. The UV stable resin is slightly more expensive but enables you to choose from a wider range of colours when picking your dried aggregate

When approaching the idea of a resin bound driveway, in the midst of choosing the perfect aggregate design for you, for those who want the extra reinforcement and strengthening aspect to their final wearing course – sand and glass are great options. Dependant on which aggregate you have chosen for your surface, there will be a porous element with any stone. However, the larger the aggregate, the more gaps there are. To bind and reinforce your surface, bags of sand ensure the surface is filled into all cracks and crevices yet still maintains the porous nature of the surface.

Once laid and nearly dried, opting for a scattering of fine glass over the top is a great option also to give your surface a slightly slip-resistant property to it. The glass and sand all bind together within the aggregate to ensure that the structural integrity of the surface is the strongest that it can possibly be.

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