December 6, 2016

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Online garden centre Patch branches out into festive tree deliveries -

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Award success for The Mains of Drum -

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas boosts sales over the phone by 40% for UK SMEs -

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Intelex Group introduce Christmas gift guide for 2016 -

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two new orchids gain the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit -

Monday, December 5, 2016

Improved performance in latest accounts for Thompson & Morgan -

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gun shock for staff at Whitehall Garden Centre -

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wyevale predicted to see over a million customers this weekend -

Friday, December 2, 2016

PATS Sandown 2017 welcomes impressive number of new exhibitors -

Friday, December 2, 2016

Towcester Mill Brewery opens new shop at Bell Plantation garden centre -

Friday, December 2, 2016

Garners garden centre broken into for the second time in months -

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dalton garden centre’s £1m revamp could be demolished within a year -

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Gardens Group branches out with new Christmas tree store -

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hozelock introduce new range of pure garden sprayers -

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PetQuip association providing opportunities for British petcare suppliers -

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

HTA supporting industry with new event launch alongside National Plant Show -

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dalton garden centre boss left devastated by threat of demolition -

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Record online Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales increase pressure on retailers’ digital infrastructures -

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Johnsons of Whixley announce new 2017 retail brochure -

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hare Hatch Sheeplands may face criminal proceedings -

Monday, November 28, 2016

  • Patch

    Online garden centre Patch branches out into festive tree deliveries

    An online garden centre start-up designed for carless people who ‘have no idea what they’re doing’ has branched out into Christmas tree deliveries. Freddie Blackett, 28, had the idea for Patch after he moved in with his girlfriend, now wife, Clemmie, in Hammersmith, West London. She said he could put his stamp on the balcony. He noticed many inner-city garden centres had closed and found DIY stores uninspiring, and said: “The local garden centre had closed. These places require so much space and that comes at such a premium. You don’t get the service from a generalist store and online is skewed…

  • Drum

    Award success for The Mains of Drum

    The Mains of Drum have taken the title of ‘Best Garden Centre in Scotland’ at the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards 2016. The Gala Awards Final took place at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow and was attended by over 350 guests. Operations manager Craig Forbes took eight team members to the glittering event. He said: “We are thrilled to win this award and it has been a fantastic end to 2016. Listening to our customer feedback is hugely important to us and we are delighted that their positive comments have helped us win this prestigious title. We have a fantastic team…

  • SMEs

    Christmas boosts sales over the phone by 40% for UK SMEs

    Despite Black Friday and Cyber Monday flash sales, SMEs are braced to answer influx of telephone calls in the run up to Christmas One third of SMEs expect sales over the phone to increase by 40% at Christmas 70% of businesses will leverage social media as their primary marketing channel Half of SMEs manually track calls, leading to attribution confusion In a recent survey by call tracking software provider, Mediahawk, more than one third of SMEs said that sales made over the telephone are expected to increase by up to 40% over the festive period. Furthermore, a fifth of respondents…

  • intelex

    Intelex Group introduce Christmas gift guide for 2016

    With Christmas right around the corner, Intelex Group have prepared a Christmas Gift Guide for their trade customers and consumers to choose from over 100 new products which were launched by the company this year, as well as including some best-selling all-time favourites. Perfect for Animal Lovers Inspired by the on-going popularity of puppies and the British Wildlife, Intelex Group have an entire selection of adorable heatable soft toys that resemble popular animals. This includes the best-selling  Warmies® Cozy Pets range which features Chico the Chihuahua, Alfie the Labrador and Pugsy the Pug, as well as three new pooches which were…

  • merit

    Two new orchids gain the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit

    Two new orchids have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). The flowers, Phalaenopsis Purple Princess and Phalaenopsis ‘Kleopatra 4’ will join 56 other orchids that have received the coveted RHS seal of approval. Supplied by Double H Nurseries Phalaenopsis ‘Kleopatra 4’ and Phalaenopsis Purple Princess secured the AGM in September 2016, after a review and vote by the RHS Orchid Committee. The plants, which are new to the mass market, having previously only been available to specialist orchid aficionados, will carry the RHS AGM logo when they go on sale in Marks &…

Features

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Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer asks: Do you know how your customers are making purchase decisions?

Oct 27, 2016

The answer to this might seem simple. Consumers are buying plants from you because you’re giving them good, upfront advice, you have an outstanding garden furniture showroom or your Christmas displays are the best in your area. I don’t want to argue about this but it’s a bit too simplistic. GFK did a survey among consumers and how they made their purchase decisions, what resources they used and why they bought products. This survey is a very valuable source and can help you to make better decisions in regards to your marketing. So, first of all, how does the customer journey…

futures

HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016

Oct 13, 2016

HTA’s annual Garden Futures conference this year asked: what lies ahead for the industry? With a wide range of guest speakers and a panel discussion towards the end of the day, the conference focused on the need for change and adaptation in order for the industry to survive in the face of challenges such as climate change, technological advancements and Brexit. The day opened with head of innovation at Future Foundation Joshua McBain, who took a concentrated look on what we know about Brexit so far, and forecast what its long and short term implications may be for the industry,…

Hage

Garden Centre Retail attends the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview event

Oct 5, 2016

At the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview evening on 29th September, Garden Centre Retail’s Ash O’Mahony spoke to marketing manager Lynsey Martinez about the importance of events for garden centres. With visitors enjoying a variety of Christmas themed displays and Christmas trees as well as free food and wine tasting, a grand raffle, shopping discounts and even the chance to meet a reindeer, Lynsey explains why events are a top priority for Van Hage in the coming year.   How did the event go? It went really well, we had a lovely atmosphere, great feedback on the Christmas Shop and…

summer

We’re better together, aren’t we?

Aug 31, 2016

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer talks about the benefit of having an ePos system. Summer is almost over so traditionally the trade show season starts. We’ve got 7 in the next 5 weeks including Four Oaks next week and GLEE the week after. It could be a good time to have a chat with one of the ePos providers at the trade shows. Having an ePos system opens a wide range of opportunities for you – apart from all the boring benefits like VAT and proper accounting. HTA Garden Retail Monitor It’s a common thing in the Netherlands and coming to…

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…

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…

News

Patch

Online garden centre Patch branches out into festive tree deliveries

An online garden centre start-up designed for carless people who ‘have no idea what they’re doing’ has branched out into Christmas tree deliveries. Freddie Blackett, 28, had the idea for Patch after he moved in with his girlfriend, now wife, Clemmie, in Hammersmith, West London. She said he could put his stamp on the balcony. He noticed many inner-city garden centres had closed and found DIY stores uninspiring, and said: “The local garden centre had closed. These places require so much space and that comes at such a premium. You don’t get the service from a generalist store and online is skewed…

Drum

Award success for The Mains of Drum

The Mains of Drum have taken the title of ‘Best Garden Centre in Scotland’ at the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards 2016. The Gala Awards Final took place at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow and was attended by over 350 guests. Operations manager Craig Forbes took eight team members to the glittering event. He said: “We are thrilled to win this award and it has been a fantastic end to 2016. Listening to our customer feedback is hugely important to us and we are delighted that their positive comments have helped us win this prestigious title. We have a fantastic team…

SMEs

Christmas boosts sales over the phone by 40% for UK SMEs

Despite Black Friday and Cyber Monday flash sales, SMEs are braced to answer influx of telephone calls in the run up to Christmas One third of SMEs expect sales over the phone to increase by 40% at Christmas 70% of businesses will leverage social media as their primary marketing channel Half of SMEs manually track calls, leading to attribution confusion In a recent survey by call tracking software provider, Mediahawk, more than one third of SMEs said that sales made over the telephone are expected to increase by up to 40% over the festive period. Furthermore, a fifth of respondents…

intelex

Intelex Group introduce Christmas gift guide for 2016

With Christmas right around the corner, Intelex Group have prepared a Christmas Gift Guide for their trade customers and consumers to choose from over 100 new products which were launched by the company this year, as well as including some best-selling all-time favourites. Perfect for Animal Lovers Inspired by the on-going popularity of puppies and the British Wildlife, Intelex Group have an entire selection of adorable heatable soft toys that resemble popular animals. This includes the best-selling  Warmies® Cozy Pets range which features Chico the Chihuahua, Alfie the Labrador and Pugsy the Pug, as well as three new pooches which were…

merit

Two new orchids gain the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit

Two new orchids have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM). The flowers, Phalaenopsis Purple Princess and Phalaenopsis ‘Kleopatra 4’ will join 56 other orchids that have received the coveted RHS seal of approval. Supplied by Double H Nurseries Phalaenopsis ‘Kleopatra 4’ and Phalaenopsis Purple Princess secured the AGM in September 2016, after a review and vote by the RHS Orchid Committee. The plants, which are new to the mass market, having previously only been available to specialist orchid aficionados, will carry the RHS AGM logo when they go on sale in Marks &…

performance

Improved performance in latest accounts for Thompson & Morgan

Britain’s favourite online gardening company has revealed a sharp improvement in performance in its latest accounts. For the year ending June 30th 2016, the company generated an EBITDA of £2.1m, up from £0.85m in 2015. Turnover has increased to £34m from £32m in the prior year. The company has benefited from more efficient operations as its investment in industry-leading IT pays off, along with a shift away from traditional catalogues to a more web based marketing platform. In addition, the company has increased the range of products that it offers online and now has the widest range available to gardeners…

gun

Gun shock for staff at Whitehall Garden Centre

Staff opening up for the day on Thursday December 1 at Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock were horrified when they were approached by a man carrying a gun. Workers rushed to lock the doors and shut themselves in the garden centre after spotting the man, dressed in dark clothes and a balaclava, in Corsham Road at 7.15am on Monday (November 28). The intruder fled and staff called police who sent an armed response team to search the area. Michael Gingell, operations manager at Whitehall, said: “The man was dressed in dark clothes, a similar colour to my work uniform, and…

Wyevale

Wyevale predicted to see over a million customers this weekend

The UK’s largest garden centre retail group, Wyevale Garden Centres, predicts that this weekend will see a surge in sales of real trees, with tens of thousands of trees being sold in their centres at their annual Real Tree Weekend events.  The garden centre retailer predicts that they will see a +11% YOY sales rise on its real Christmas trees this year, selling more than enough trees to fill London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, with more than one million shoppers through their doors. As a recent survey by Wyevale Garden Centres and YouGov has shown, demand for real trees amongst British…