August 24, 2016

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Crooklands garden centre set to close for refurbishment -

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Taylors Bulbs increase loading capacity with £1m investment -

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reopening of Belper’s B&M store includes new garden centre -

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Roundup ProActive gives Christmas tree growers continued weed control confidence -

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dragons’ Den contender Write Size launched in UK retailers including Webbs Garden Centres -

Monday, August 22, 2016

Garden centre battles Council to have signs reinstated -

Monday, August 22, 2016

Plans for £1m garden centre transformation -

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Garden Oven Company launches new outdoor cooking oven -

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wyevale Cadbury Garden Centre opens new golf course -

Friday, August 19, 2016

Planters begin search for new garden centre general manager -

Friday, August 19, 2016

WOLF-Garten to demonstrate versatility at Glee 2016 -

Friday, August 19, 2016

GCA area award winners announced -

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wilkinson Sword to showcase new product ranges at GLEE 2016 -

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Range announces plans for new superstore including garden centre -

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Make the mundane magnificent with a Stewart Garden planter of herbs -

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party -

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Stewarts Christchurch awarded Best Destination Garden Centre -

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade -

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

B&M reaches 100 garden centres milestone in just 5 years -

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bradford garden centre marks British Food Fortnight with a summer food event -

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

  • Crooklands

    Crooklands garden centre set to close for refurbishment

    A garden and furniture centre in Dalton is set to close for a month while it undergoes a major £1m refurbishment. Crooklands is going back to its roots to focus on its retails business, with the creation of up to 10 new jobs. It will also change its name, with the new title the subject of a “big reveal” once the work is complete in early October. This will see the closure of its function room, which follows the shutting down of its children’s play area earlier this year. It will retain its garden and furniture operation and will also…

  • Taylors

    Taylors Bulbs increase loading capacity with £1m investment

    Taylors Bulbs, the fourth generation family bulb business based in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, has opened a new development to increase loading capacity in their peak seasons. The 5500m² development includes 1500m² of insulated warehouse space, the remainder being external yard for loading and storage. The warehouse includes three loading docks for loading directly into the back of vehicles, and two rapid-roll doors for loading curtain-sider vehicles. Director of Taylors Bulbs Adam Taylor said: “Our speed of loading is increased and the warehouse gives us improvement storage for packed product, as well as creating a safer work environment.” “We can also expand…

  • Reopening

    Reopening of Belper’s B&M store includes new garden centre

    The date has finally been revealed for the reopening of Belper’s refurbished B&M store. The Chapel Street discount store has undergone a comprehensive internal and external refurbishment programme to create a new look for customers while they bargain hunt. Fifteen new jobs are also being created at the store, which will reopen its doors on Friday September 16, at 9am. Craig Johnstone, store manager at B&M Belper, said he hoped the reopening would provide a welcome boost to the local economy: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are going…

  • ProActive

    Roundup ProActive gives Christmas tree growers continued weed control confidence

    Christmas tree growers can continue to use Roundup ProActive with confidence for over the top spraying this winter, despite recent restrictions to the use of glyphosate. Glyphosate products formulated with the surfactant Polyoxyethylene tallowamine,(POE-T) will be banned following the EU extension of use for glyphosate, but the unique formulation of Roundup ProActive does not contain POE-T. Roundup ProActive, (MAPP 17380) has an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use, (EAMU) for Christmas Trees, and is one of very few products that can be used on this crop for inter-row and overall spraying. Monsanto technical manager Manda Sansom explained: “Roundup products contain…

  • write

    Dragons’ Den contender Write Size launched in UK retailers including Webbs Garden Centres

    Since the appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Write Size has been inundated by retailers and press to learn more about its stationery concept. Broadcast to 3.4m people, the Midlands based innovators went head-to-head with the notorious entrepreneurs on the BBC Two programme, when they pitched their revolutionary product which aims to make writing easier for children to learn. Write Size has developed a range of pencils to scale for children aged two years to 10+ in an attempt to make handwriting less daunting, easier to learn and more enjoyable amongst children as a result. The concept was originally brought…

Features

summer

Squires Badshot celebrate 80th anniversary with summer evening garden party

Aug 17, 2016

Event: Summer Evening Garden Party Location: Squire’s Garden Centre, Badshot Lea Road, Farnham, GU9 9JX Date: Thursday 18th August Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: FREE entry to the Summer Evening Garden Party BBQ: £10 for adults & £8 for children Gardening Workshop: £25 per adult Booking: Tickets are required for the BBQ and Gardening Workshop. Call 01252 333666 or visit the Info. Desk at Squire’s Badshot Lea   Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea in Farnham is holding a Summer Evening Garden Party on Thursday 18th August at 6pm-8pm, and all are welcome! This free event is to celebrate Squire’s 80th Anniversary….

tools

New cutting tools enliven the autumn trade

Aug 16, 2016

The trade and consumers enter this autumn gardening season well-equipped with the new generation of GARDENA Secateurs – a range of six new models. The new models convince with maximum application convenience, and always cut perfectly. Secateurs are part of the basic equipment for every gardener – they are used all year round and therefore have to cope in varying conditions. Gardening fans can continue to place their full confidence in GARDENA cutting competence. The range has been reorganised and optimised so that everyone can find the right secateurs for every application in the garden. The individual models have also been…

yorkshire

Bradford garden centre marks British Food Fortnight with a summer food event

Aug 16, 2016

The best of Yorkshire produce will take centre stage as a Bradford garden centre prepares to host a tasting event to round off the summer. Tong Garden Centre will hold its first ‘Taste’ celebration of food and drink over the weekend of September 17 and 18 at its Tong Lane site. Organisers at the garden centre have planned the event to coincide with the start of British Food Fortnight, the annual, national celebration of British food and drink. Marketing manager at Tong Garden Centre Jo Dales said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting our first ‘Taste’ food and drink celebration…

GCR Feature: Enhance the customer journey to see loyalty bloom

Jul 26, 2016

Alison Brown, marketing manager at K3 CRM, looks at the ways garden centre retailers can integrate multiple data sets to better understand their customers and build loyalty Garden centres are finding themselves in a highly competitive market. While often this comes with an upturn in order books, many are looking at ways they can turn one-off purchases into repeat business. Many businesses in this space are familiar with the idea of using enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to collect transactional data and purchase histories. But how many businesses are supplementing this with information on their customers from a customer relationship…

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GCR Feature: Follow the money – diversify

Jul 23, 2016

Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may need to diversify further Whether you love it or hate it, the internet won’t go away – and more importantly, neither will online retailing. The upshot is that as competition grows, trading online won’t get any easier, and neither will running a garden centre. What’s the way forward? I’ve helped in the strategic development of numerous garden centres, and each time I follow a simple process. This involves ascertaining where the business is at the current time, where it needs to be, and…

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GCR Feature: People counter and measuring footfall

Jul 18, 2016

Garden centres can and should take advantage of new technology, and one way to do this is by tracking footfall in your centre using video and Wi-Fi. Garden Centre Retail spoke to British company FootfallCam to find out more FootfallCam’s third generation counters use Wi-Fi to measure more than just the number of feet passing through your entrance. With this system, it’s possible to measure store front conversion, dwell time spent in store, returning customers and cross-shopping in different branches. Installation is straightforward, requiring only a Cat5e cable chased from the router to the counter – an easy job for an IT…

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GCR Feature: A quick bite: food service equipment

Jul 4, 2016

Gary Thacker, director of national accounts at foodservice equipment manufacturer Fri-Jado, advises garden centre caterers on using front of house counters to target a more diverse range of customer  Long gone are the days when visitors to garden centres were content with a pot of tea and a sticky bun. Today, garden centre restaurants attract a broad range of customers from senior citizens and families with children to ‘ladies that lunch’ and workers grabbing a bite to eat. To meet the demands of such a diverse range of diners, garden centres need to offer a variety of menu options all…

Technology

Five smart and inspiring tips

Jun 28, 2016

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer shares his top five smart and inspiring tips on using the advances in technology to increase retail sales. We’re living in an ever-connected world: the number of smartphones and tablets sold to senior citizens is still increasing and the youngsters have been addicted to their smartphones for years. How can you inform & inspire customers on the go? And how can your staff use smartphones to be more productive? Smartphone or plastic card? A lot of garden centres run loyalty schemes and are using plastic cards. Integrating schemes into smartphones enables a new range of features….

News

Crooklands

Crooklands garden centre set to close for refurbishment

A garden and furniture centre in Dalton is set to close for a month while it undergoes a major £1m refurbishment. Crooklands is going back to its roots to focus on its retails business, with the creation of up to 10 new jobs. It will also change its name, with the new title the subject of a “big reveal” once the work is complete in early October. This will see the closure of its function room, which follows the shutting down of its children’s play area earlier this year. It will retain its garden and furniture operation and will also…

Taylors

Taylors Bulbs increase loading capacity with £1m investment

Taylors Bulbs, the fourth generation family bulb business based in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, has opened a new development to increase loading capacity in their peak seasons. The 5500m² development includes 1500m² of insulated warehouse space, the remainder being external yard for loading and storage. The warehouse includes three loading docks for loading directly into the back of vehicles, and two rapid-roll doors for loading curtain-sider vehicles. Director of Taylors Bulbs Adam Taylor said: “Our speed of loading is increased and the warehouse gives us improvement storage for packed product, as well as creating a safer work environment.” “We can also expand…

Reopening

Reopening of Belper’s B&M store includes new garden centre

The date has finally been revealed for the reopening of Belper’s refurbished B&M store. The Chapel Street discount store has undergone a comprehensive internal and external refurbishment programme to create a new look for customers while they bargain hunt. Fifteen new jobs are also being created at the store, which will reopen its doors on Friday September 16, at 9am. Craig Johnstone, store manager at B&M Belper, said he hoped the reopening would provide a welcome boost to the local economy: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and we hope customers are going…

ProActive

Roundup ProActive gives Christmas tree growers continued weed control confidence

Christmas tree growers can continue to use Roundup ProActive with confidence for over the top spraying this winter, despite recent restrictions to the use of glyphosate. Glyphosate products formulated with the surfactant Polyoxyethylene tallowamine,(POE-T) will be banned following the EU extension of use for glyphosate, but the unique formulation of Roundup ProActive does not contain POE-T. Roundup ProActive, (MAPP 17380) has an Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use, (EAMU) for Christmas Trees, and is one of very few products that can be used on this crop for inter-row and overall spraying. Monsanto technical manager Manda Sansom explained: “Roundup products contain…

write

Dragons’ Den contender Write Size launched in UK retailers including Webbs Garden Centres

Since the appearance on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Write Size has been inundated by retailers and press to learn more about its stationery concept. Broadcast to 3.4m people, the Midlands based innovators went head-to-head with the notorious entrepreneurs on the BBC Two programme, when they pitched their revolutionary product which aims to make writing easier for children to learn. Write Size has developed a range of pencils to scale for children aged two years to 10+ in an attempt to make handwriting less daunting, easier to learn and more enjoyable amongst children as a result. The concept was originally brought…

signs

Garden centre battles Council to have signs reinstated

A garden centre owner in the Ribble Valley is calling on the county council to reinstate brown signs signposting visitors to her business. Nikki Brown took over the ‘Be A Garden Maker’ centre in June, after it had been closed under previous owners for refurbishment. The 47-year-old is now upset that the brown signs along the A59 directing people to her establishment have been moved by Lancashire County Council and are unlikely to be returned. The mother-of-two said: “The signs are vital to us. It’s absolutely crucial to letting people know where we are, being remote it makes it even…

dean

Plans for £1m garden centre transformation

A York-based construction company has won a contract to transform a well-known garden centre on the city’s outskirts in a £1 million refurbishment project. The work at Dean’s Garden Centre in Stockton-on-the-Forest will bring the facilities up to date and in line with the latest retail space design trends. Evora Construction will transform the current building using a combination of masonry, steelwork and glulam timber structures, complete with a specialist zinc roof covering and aluminium windows and doors in order to make it light, bright and modern. Set for completion in March next year, the refurbishment and extension is the…

Company

The Garden Oven Company launches new outdoor cooking oven

The Garden Oven Company has created the ultimate in wood fired ovens, with a new design that promises better al fresco cooking on an even larger scale. These environmentally-friendly British-made ovens create the ‘smoked’ and ‘wood fire’ taste that is all the rage for outdoor cooking in all seasons. The Model 2 Garden Oven is bigger than the original Model 1 family sized Garden Oven, giving customers a choice of size. With a 50% larger baking area that can cook two pizzas at once and easily accommodates any AGA roasting pan, the Model 2 oven offers more space for the…