Jobs have been lost ‘due to hosepipe ban’14th May, 2012 by Emma Williams
The hosepipe ban that seven UK water authorities introduced last month is having a devastating effect on companies that supply products to golf courses.
The Turfgrass Growers Association (TGA), which has 60 members that collectively produce 70 per cent of cultivated turf in the UK, has found that its members in affected areas have reported drops in sales of between 25 and 40 per cent compared to this time last year.
Some companies believe the temporary use bans could detrimentally affect their sales by up to 60 per cent.
Despite the fact that the ban has been in place for just a month, the sharp decrease in sales has led to job losses, with at least four redundancies confirmed and another ten jobs under threat if the situation continues.
TGA chief executive, Tim Mudge, said: “It is a grave concern to us that the impact upon peoples’ livelihoods has been so dramatic so quickly after the hosepipe bans were imposed.
“We will be supplying the information we’ve gathered to the water companies so that they can understand the full impact the hosepipe bans are having on those whose businesses rely on the continued laying of turf. We call upon them to revisit their decision not to grant an exemption for newly laid turf.”