Carluke company increases headcount after record results

Keith Gallacher

CARLUKE-based ground maintenance and weed control specialist Complete Weed Control has revealed it is undergoing an ‘unprecedented’ business boom.

The firm has posted its best ever financial results, with turnover up from £1 million last year to £1.2 million to the end of last month, with £1.5 million forecast for the coming year.

Headcount has also grown by more than 25% to a full-time total of 22. Complete Weed Control said it has introduced a recruitment strategy which focuses on ‘finding the right personnel and up-skilling them in alignment with the company’s future aims to make them a long-term part of the family-oriented business’.

Director Keith Gallacher explained, “In the middle of last year it was difficult to predict if we would break even, or even stay in business. The fact that we have not only survived but thrived is entirely attributable to the team we have been able to build up. In all my years in business, I never thought I could be so proud of a workforce which is not only competent and dedicated, but is always willing to go the extra mile.”

Keith said operations have been impacted by the prolonged cold spell, with continuing frosts, hail and snow hitting the growing season last month.

“The weather has been ridiculous. Grass cutting schedules have been ripped up because there is so little growth, and there is hardly any foliage on the trees and bushes alongside highways. Traffic management has to be booked well in advance for highway-adjacent grass cutting and if these slots are missed the grass verges and dividers will have to be allowed to grow uncontrolled until the scheduled second cut can be fitted in.

“As every landscaper knows, however, the weeds are growing apace despite the conditions, and operations involving our fleet of seven Weed-IT machines, which control weed growth on footpaths and hard surface urban areas, are under way as planned.”

Keith added that the weather is affecting agriculture as well, with silage preparation delayed and barley crops set back. Overseas, French wine growers are having to heat their crops with controlled fires to protect against night frosts.

“There is nothing we can do about it but adapt,” he said. “Last spring was glorious, and nature has a way of balancing things out, but even so it is disconcerting to see hailstones the size of marbles in May. Everything now needs sunshine and heat, in which circumstances and growth will accelerate. Grasses will be desperate to catch up and begin to flower. I just hope it is not going to be one of these years where it remains mild, dull and wet until the end of the growing season.”