Following on from the success of the previous APL Business Development Programmes, the course is coming back in 2020!

The feedback from this course has been astonishing and makes it a must do for 2020.

Taking place over five days, this exclusive training course is limited to 10 attendees ensuring dedicated one-to-one guidance, and will cover all you need to further develop your business.

Course Dates 2020 - Sept, Oct, Nov

  • Part 1 - Developing a Business Plan — 2 days
  • Part 2 - Financial Planning and Management — 2 days
  • Part 3 - Presentation and Review of Business Plans — 1 day

Some quotes from previous attendees all who would be happy to discuss their thoughts and benefits of the course with you.

Craig McGibbon

Craig McGibbon

I attended the first APL Business Development program early 2018.  I felt the need to attend the event as though parts of my business were successful there were areas l felt desperately needed work and l wasn’t sure how to tackle them as well as finding the time to focus on them.

Ken White opened the first day with ‘Good Morning Guinea Pigs’, which completely broke the ice and l was unsure what to expect from the course.  l definitely groaned when our trainer, Alastair from Cedar Associates, said we are going to show you how develop a business plan covering the next 3 to 5 years.  Personally l had a vague unwritten future plan, but reality was l was only really considering the next 3 to 6 months of project work.

For such dry subject, Alastair did a fantastic job of taking us step by step through the process, with fun interactive team games and time to develop your own plan using numerous techniques.  He did a brilliant job of keeping us on topic, our industry is full of people who love to talk and laugh, as well as refereeing the competitive games.

After the first two days, l was driving home thinking where do l want the business to be in 3 years time?  It wasn’t the until the next day driving to site, through the rain, cataloguing the various aches and pains that l had the moment of clarity of l need to be generally off the tool, concentrating on building and maintaining the business as well as training and mentoring existing and future landscaping staff / apprentices.

With a clear goal in mind, with the other sessions,  l developed.  On the final day, we presented our business plans to the group and other industry professionals, which were critiqued and feedback given.

Our ‘Snowflakes’ group bond and camaraderie has been very strong.  In the last few weeks l have meet up with numerous members at events and the question is always asked, ‘how are you getting along with your business plan?’ making us feel accountable to the other members.

I am actively following the clear business plan and direction l now have from this business course.  I have implemented numerous items, few areas l am struggling to implement but actively pursuing them.

Highly recommended – 5 stars – priceless!

Craig McGibbon - Garden Design & Landscaping

Craig Nester

Craig Nester

“The best decision I have made in the 8 years of trading, this course has focused me and really helped me to scale our business” 

Craig Nester - Director, Habitat Landscapes

Holly Youde

Holly Youde

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly  recommend to anyone who wants to grow their landscaping. It gave us time and focus to really think about where to steer the business.  If you have ambition for your business – book on this course”

Holly Youde - Director, Urban Landscapes Ltd

Debs Winrow

Debs Winrow

“Attending the APL BDP in 2018 was one or our better business decisions. I would highly recommend this course for all sizes of landscaping businesses. Don’t think about it get it booked in!”

Debs Winrow - Creative Director, Garden House Design

The cost of the course is £800 + VAT. (£900 + VAT for non-members). This can be paid monthly via Direct Debit.

Make sure to book your place quickly as there are a maximum of 10 places available on the course. Spaces go very quickly and are a first come first served basis.

The course has now been made a 5-day course so that extra work can be done on financial planning after feedback from the previous group.

To book your place, download the form here and email it to or call 0333 003 3550 for further details.