September 21, 2017

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Forest Garden opens its doors to new showroom -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Smart Garden’s new Flamboya brand sets the industry standard in garden décor -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

GCA Barometer of Trade – Seed and bulb sales soar in August -

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Bents reveal new look for gift department -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fish4Dogs – Could you be a Fishionary? -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

National Trust Wildlife products launched at GLEE 2017 -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Squire’s shortlisted for ‘Best Garden Centre’ by the Express -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SBM Life Science: Solabiol – In tune with nature -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Hozelock launch new Classic Hose Connector -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stax grows garden offering through distribution deal with E.P. Barrus -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nicholas Marshall joins HTA Garden Futures Conference 2017 line-up -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Darlac’s new collections hailed a success -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Notcutts group report increased annual sales and profits -

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Good news for Zest 4 Leisure with new product launches and exciting developments set for 2018 -

Monday, September 18, 2017

Barrus celebrates its 100 year anniversary -

Monday, September 18, 2017

Russian trade visitors at GrootGroenPlus 2017 -

Monday, September 18, 2017

Shruti Designs brings fashion accessories to RHS licensing programme -

Sunday, September 17, 2017

News brands and new products from SBM Life Science -

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stax and Paroh put pen to paper and agree national distribution deal -

Saturday, September 16, 2017

New president for the HTA -

Friday, September 15, 2017

  • forest

    Forest Garden opens its doors to new showroom

    Forest Garden’s showroom at its Hartlebury headquarters near Kidderminster is ready to welcome retailers to preview the company’s 2018 product range. The newly revamped showroom is a great space to showcase products, both existing ranges and brand new. A key focus for 2018 is the growing demand for storage solutions, Forest has its new range of innovative outdoor storage units on display.  The range offers something for anyone looking for additional outdoor storage without committing to a full size shed. From a compact low level garden storage box to large outdoor stores the models in the range are available in…

  • Flamboya

    Smart Garden’s new Flamboya brand sets the industry standard in garden décor

    With 110 new products lined up for the 2018 season, as well as Smart’s existing Ornamental, Topiary, Obelisks, Arches, Wind Spinner and Ménagerie collections, the breadth on offer from the market leaders is unrivalled. Moving into the new season, Smart’s new garden décor ranges will be positioned under the new Flamboya brand, making it even easier for retailers to make their range selections. A number of exciting sub-brands have also been confirmed. The popularity of Smart’s existing garden stake range has meant that further expansions will boost the company’s offering in 2018. Under the Flamboya brand, numerous new designs have…

  • seed

    GCA Barometer of Trade – Seed and bulb sales soar in August

    Garden centres saw seed and bulb sales soar by 23.44% in August compared to the same month last year according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Houseplant sales were also up at 15.03% and clothing was up 14.74%. Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, said: “It’s great to see that customers have been out in force at their local centres and are still enjoying their gardens, particularly by purchasing bulbs and seeds to plant out in readiness for a colourful display next spring. “The strong houseplant sales indicate that people also want a little more colour…

  • gift

    Bents reveal new look for gift department

    Cheshire based Bents Garden & Home is always looking for ways to innovate and improve and this time the Centre has focused its attention on gifts, launching a fantastic new-look department just in time for Christmas. Bents has always been passionate about gifts and now, after a major £100k investment programme, the department has been given an extensive makeover which can be seen in our latest film: https://youtu.be/jakG08A6kks The recent works bring the department in line with other areas of the store which have been transformed over recent years. They also help set the scene for the final phase in…

  • fish4dogs

    Fish4Dogs – Could you be a Fishionary?

    Fish4Dogs is looking for pet food retailers to become ‘fishionaries’ with great deals for new and existing stockists at the PATS Show in Telford this month. There are two new bundles to get new stockists ‘into the swim’ with an extensive range of fish-based foods for dogs and cats. There’s also promotional deals for existing trade customers with introductions to 2017 additions including Cornish Sardine Complete, Fiskur Teningur and Sweet Ocean Wraps- a chewy treat with apple for dogs. Fish is deemed to be a ‘superfood’ due to its nutrients and associated health benefits to pets, including coat and skin…

Features

online

Online plant shop raises $1.1m to lead the houseplant revival among London’s stylish homeowners and offices

Sep 14, 2017

Patch (www.patch.garden), the online plant shop, has completed a $1.1m seed investment in its efforts to bring gardening to the digital age. 12 months after launching in East London, the startup has now served over 5,000 customers across the capital, has been growing 30% every month this year and has secured its seed round, led by early-stage investors Forward Partners and supported by London Co-investment Fund and several angel investors. Patch is looking to fill a gaping hole left by traditional garden centres, which are struggling to deliver value to customers due to rising costs, and a slowness to respond…

enemies

Edwin Meijer: Google – Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

Sep 13, 2017

You may remember the age old saying ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.’ Well, Google is a friend and a foe in retail: a friend because you have access to an enormous marketplace, and a foe because they take away your business. In this article, I would like to highlight three of Google’s innovations which you should definitely keep an eye on. And to keep it fun, I will also highlight three of Google’s failures. The buy button You search for products on Google, you compare products with Google Shopping and well, why not buy products now that you’re…

echo

Ariens launches new ECHO website

Aug 24, 2017

Ariens Company has launched a new website for ECHO Power Tools, offering an improved user experience. The new website has clear visual and responsive design and visitors, both domestic and professional, will be able to navigate their way around with ease. A key feature is the new e-commerce functionality which provides ECHO customers with an additional channel to purchase ECHO products. ECHO build all their machines to professional standards to meet the demands of domestic customers and professionals, who want to use their outdoor tools to increase productivity and reduce downtime in maintenance. The new website has a clean, uncluttered…

gardena netatmo

GARDENA and Netatmo announce new partnership

Aug 24, 2017

GARDENA smart system coming from Europe’s leading gardening brand is the only complete smart solution that combines automatic garden irrigation and lawn care within one platform. Robotic lawnmowers, sensors and watering controls can all be controlled via one app. That gives more freedom to the passionate gardener. GARDENA smart system now allows the integration of compatible devices by other companies into its app for the smart garden. Netatmo is a revolutionary smart home company, developing groundbreaking, intuitive and beautifully-designed connected consumer electronics. Presence, Netatmo’s outdoor security camera that distinguishes between people, cars and animals, is the first device from a…

safety

Making the the world safer – 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

Aug 24, 2017

Chief Executive of the British Safety Council and its Chairman designate, will explore the nature of wellbeing at work and the practical management of workplace risks at the 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work in Singapore The 21st World Congress on Safety & Health at Work 2017, which takes place on 3-6 September 2017, will bring together occupational health and safety professionals, business leaders and government officials from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise in making workplaces safer and healthier. It is estimated that 2.3 million workers worldwide die every year because of…

coffee

Edwin Meijer: Do you like your own coffee?

Jul 22, 2017

Do you like your own coffee? Do you go to the same bathroom as your customers? And where do you park your car? Three questions that might seem strange, but to get online attention, there is nothing quite as powerful as a weird pick-up line. However, there is a kernel of truth: good coffee, a clean toilet and the parking area say a lot about your garden centre. Edwin Meijer of Garden Connect explains how this works. Coffee About a year ago, I was visiting a garden centre in the Netherlands. A major, well-known garden centre, but I won’t mention any names…

accessibility

Genevieve Morris: Improving accessibility in Garden Centres

Jun 18, 2017

Modern businesses need to be accessible, both to meet consumer need and to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Over and above that, an accessible business is one that is able to grow its audience and boost market share by appealing to the widest possible customer base. Garden centres are not traditionally the most accessible of spaces, from often rough terrain to buildings that have multiple upper floors. However, there are some very simple ways to change this and to make adjustments that will benefit the business as a result. Why is accessibility important? Since the London Paralympics in…

amazon

Edwin Meijer: Are you ready for the Amazonification?

Jun 9, 2017

Two weeks ago I was invited to participate in an expert group discussing the future of garden retail in the Netherlands and Belgium. Among the speakers was a very famous expert and he dropped the word “Amazonification”. I always like these words since you can explain them exactly the way it fits you. But as a garden centre, you already know how Amazon is having an impact on your day to day life. With a 16% market share in the UK, 1 out of 6 online purchases are made via Amazon. Here are 4 reasons to brace for the Amazonification…

customer

Easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer

May 11, 2017

Retail isn’t any easy business. It requires hard work and long hours. The work feels like it’s never done and don’t forget, the customer’s always right. Running a business has its ups and downs, but there are fun times too. It goes much smoother when there are processes and procedures in place. Learn easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer and watch it thrive. Stock the Right Items There’s nothing more frustrating than walking into a store and them not having the item you need. This is especially true if it’s something that’s in demand or…

Morphy

Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

Apr 14, 2017

With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

News

forest

Forest Garden opens its doors to new showroom

Forest Garden’s showroom at its Hartlebury headquarters near Kidderminster is ready to welcome retailers to preview the company’s 2018 product range. The newly revamped showroom is a great space to showcase products, both existing ranges and brand new. A key focus for 2018 is the growing demand for storage solutions, Forest has its new range of innovative outdoor storage units on display.  The range offers something for anyone looking for additional outdoor storage without committing to a full size shed. From a compact low level garden storage box to large outdoor stores the models in the range are available in…

Flamboya

Smart Garden’s new Flamboya brand sets the industry standard in garden décor

With 110 new products lined up for the 2018 season, as well as Smart’s existing Ornamental, Topiary, Obelisks, Arches, Wind Spinner and Ménagerie collections, the breadth on offer from the market leaders is unrivalled. Moving into the new season, Smart’s new garden décor ranges will be positioned under the new Flamboya brand, making it even easier for retailers to make their range selections. A number of exciting sub-brands have also been confirmed. The popularity of Smart’s existing garden stake range has meant that further expansions will boost the company’s offering in 2018. Under the Flamboya brand, numerous new designs have…

seed

GCA Barometer of Trade – Seed and bulb sales soar in August

Garden centres saw seed and bulb sales soar by 23.44% in August compared to the same month last year according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Houseplant sales were also up at 15.03% and clothing was up 14.74%. Iain Wylie, GCA chief executive, said: “It’s great to see that customers have been out in force at their local centres and are still enjoying their gardens, particularly by purchasing bulbs and seeds to plant out in readiness for a colourful display next spring. “The strong houseplant sales indicate that people also want a little more colour…

gift

Bents reveal new look for gift department

Cheshire based Bents Garden & Home is always looking for ways to innovate and improve and this time the Centre has focused its attention on gifts, launching a fantastic new-look department just in time for Christmas. Bents has always been passionate about gifts and now, after a major £100k investment programme, the department has been given an extensive makeover which can be seen in our latest film: https://youtu.be/jakG08A6kks The recent works bring the department in line with other areas of the store which have been transformed over recent years. They also help set the scene for the final phase in…

fish4dogs

Fish4Dogs – Could you be a Fishionary?

Fish4Dogs is looking for pet food retailers to become ‘fishionaries’ with great deals for new and existing stockists at the PATS Show in Telford this month. There are two new bundles to get new stockists ‘into the swim’ with an extensive range of fish-based foods for dogs and cats. There’s also promotional deals for existing trade customers with introductions to 2017 additions including Cornish Sardine Complete, Fiskur Teningur and Sweet Ocean Wraps- a chewy treat with apple for dogs. Fish is deemed to be a ‘superfood’ due to its nutrients and associated health benefits to pets, including coat and skin…

products

National Trust Wildlife products launched at GLEE 2017

Wildlife World, the European leaders in wildlife products, has just established an agreement with the National Trust to design and supply a complete range of wildlife habitat products under their name. Making its debut at GLEE 2017, the designs for the new product range have been in development for several months. Under the agreement the National Trust will sell the products at their own properties situated all over the UK and Wildlife World will also sell the same products through the trade to the consumer. Talks with the National Trust started in the spring of this year and the habitat…

Express

Squire’s shortlisted for ‘Best Garden Centre’ by the Express

 Squire’s Garden Centres has been shortlisted for ‘Best Garden Centre’ by the Express in their inaugural Home & Living Awards. These awards celebrate the UK’s best household products, services and retailers. As well as recognising style, value and practicality, the awards highlight excellence in customer service and sustainability. The Express know that garden centres have a special place in the British psyche. The judges’ shortlisted Squire’s as they have knowledgeable staff, a fantastic range of quality plants and seeds, useful equipment and relevant accessories, plus extra touches such as employees who offer outstanding customer service and a focus on sustainability….

Solabiol

SBM Life Science: Solabiol – In tune with nature

SBM Life Science is launching an exciting new range of garden care products ‘In Tune with Nature’ – Solabiol. The launch of Solabiol reflects the very different approach SBM is taking in the market, its new strategy – New Time, New Way – encompassing the significant changes and trends taking place in the garden care sector. Christina Bouzala, group brand manager of SBM Life Science explained: “Our aim is to intimately connect with gardeners and their gardens, providing them with effective and trusted product solutions that are well balanced and ‘In Tune with Nature’.  Leading the way in garden care…

connector

Hozelock launch new Classic Hose Connector

Hozelock – Britain’s leading watering experts – have sold over 100 million hose connectors since the original launched in 1989.  With a unique assembly of seven plastic components optimised for their specific properties, the new Classic Hose Connectors now have an even higher quality finish to increase their durability and feature a soft touch grip and bump ring for extra grip. The core of the connector is made from Dupont™ Delrin® Acetal, a plastic material commonly used as a substitute for metal engineering components – this unique inner core provides added strength and resistance against everyday use and ensures a…

E.P. Barrus

Stax grows garden offering through distribution deal with E.P. Barrus

Stax Trade Centres have secured a deal with E.P. Barrus to become the main national distributor for three of their leading garden brands. The distribution agreement will see Stax offer customers an increased choice in garden products from well recognised brands such as WOLF-Garten, Wilkinson Sword and Town & Country. It’s a massive coup for Stax, who earlier in the year outlined their plans to improve and diversify their garden offering for customers and highlighted it as a key sector for 2017. The WOLF-Garten collection consists of a premium garden tool collection that will offer Stax customers a total solution for lawn care, soil and cultivation, as…

Nicholas

Nicholas Marshall joins HTA Garden Futures Conference 2017 line-up

Nicholas Marshall, CEO of Dobbies Garden Centres, has joined the line-up for the HTA Garden Futures Conference, sponsored by Hozelock, which takes place on Wednesday 4 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. With over 30 years’ experience in the garden centre sector Nicholas founded and built two garden centre chains, Country Gardens PLC and Country Homes and Gardens PLC. He was also CEO of Wyevale Garden Centres for four years, taking it from near administration to a successful sale for £300m. Nicholas will be interviewed by conference host, journalist and news presenter Cathy Newman who will quiz him on his…

darlac

Darlac’s new collections hailed a success

Garden tools and equipment supplier Darlac, returned to GLEE this year with an array of new pre-set collections for the trade.  There were nine collections in total showcased on the stand, which was busier than ever due-in-part to the recent acquisition by Mr Fothergill’s seeds. The Collections Range were compiled using sales data from the Darlac brand identifying its fastest moving lines  and included a ‘Best Sellers’ range and specific specialist ranges such as the ‘Expert Range’, the ever popular ‘Swop Top System’ and more. “We offer a fantastic range of quality cutting tools and other garden equipment,” said newly…

group

Notcutts group report increased annual sales and profits

Garden centre group Notcutts has announced a healthy performance with sales up 5.3% to £71.3m and operating profits up 57.7% in the year ending February 2017. The business which has its head office in Woodbridge and operates 18 garden centres around England, said profit before tax increased 114% to £6.61m. The company has said that part its development programme is to feature a Notcutts show garden in all its centres Notcutts chief executive Nick Burrows said: “We are pleased with another year of progress as we continue with the implementation of our five-year plan. “There have been many encouraging milestones…

Zest

Good news for Zest 4 Leisure with new product launches and exciting developments set for 2018

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products, is celebrating its 5th consecutive year at GLEE with a good news story for customers. Zest’s new range of products for 2018, the announcement of its recent warehouse and distribution centre purchase, a new operations system and new HR director, means a bright outlook for the new garden leisure season. The new centre, based in Saltney, North Wales, will provide further room to stock and store a wider range of Zest 4 Leisure items, allowing for the planned future expansion and strategic development of the family owned company….

100

Barrus celebrates its 100 year anniversary

P. Barrus Ltd is pleased to announce that September 18, 2017 marks their official 100-year birthday. It all began in 1917 when Ernest Prouty Barrus set up a company in the UK to supply Starrett precision tools including micrometers and measuring equipment and distribute them throughout Europe. Over the last century, Barrus has constantly adapted to new opportunities and challenges and diversified into multiple market sectors including Marine, Garden and Industrial. E. P. Barrus is co-owned by the Glen family and MTD Holdings, also a family owned company based in the USA, and one of the largest producers of outdoor…

Russian

Russian trade visitors at GrootGroenPlus 2017

The 27th edition of trade fair GrootGroenPlus, which will take place from 4 – 6 October in Zundert, will also be visited by a group of Russian trade visitors. This group consists of 33 members of the APPM, the Russian Nursery Stock Association. This organisation was founded in 2008 by private nursery owners. At present the Association unites 192 members: 129 nurseries from 36 regions of the Russian Federation and nurseries from Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The association also has 53 partners. These are mainly organisations connected with the tree nursery market, that are not tree nurseries themselves….

shruti

Shruti Designs brings fashion accessories to RHS licensing programme

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the signing of a new licensee to its successful and growing licensing programme. Shruti Designs, which creates gift products and fashion accessories, has been licensed to create a large new collection of gift and fashion items. The first items in this collection, launching in early 2018, will be a stylish and elegant range of scarves using floral designs inspired by artwork from the RHS Lindley Library, the world’s finest collection of botanical art. The scarves will use two designs — one of colourful flowers, the other of birds and flowers in silhouette —…

SBM

News brands and new products from SBM Life Science

SBM Life Science is launching a hard hitting hitting revolutionary new weedkiller brand at GLEE 2017.  Job done, has the perfect solution for every challenge, whether it’s tackling the toughest of weeds, preventing re-growth or getting quick results. Job done is a a key element in SBM Life Science’s new strategy, New Time, New Way, announced earlier this year. “At the heart of the strategy is our commitment to innovation,” explained Christina Bouzala, group brand manager of SBM Life Science: “And Job done is truly innovative.  It has both new chemistry and a powerful, attention grabbing new look and feel.”…

Paroh

Stax and Paroh put pen to paper and agree national distribution deal

Continuing on with demonstrating their commitment to creating further diversity and providing quality options in their garden and outdoor living portfolio, Stax have again put pen to paper in another exciting agreement that will see them become a national distributor for Paroh Ltd. Another welcome addition to their rapidly expanding garden division, the agreement will see Stax stock various lines from Paroh’s leading ranges. The initial deal is for Stax to stock Paroh’s Kent Collection, a selection of high quality garden decorations and outdoor dining furniture and accessories. Stax purchasing director, Simon Wright spoke enthusiastically about the new deal: “It’s another great deal that we’re really…

president

New president for the HTA

Adam Taylor from Taylors Bulbs was elected as president of the HTA at the Association’s AGM which took place on 12 September at Glee. Adam takes on the role from Adam Wigglesworth of Aylett Nurseries who has completed his two-year term of office to become the immediate past president. In other appointments Sandy Shepherd from Ball Colegrave was re-elected to the Board and Simon Fraser from Ben Reid and Co was elected as a new Board member. Stan Green from Growforth Ltd stood down from the Board, after serving since 2007. Adam Wigglesworth took the opportunity to say what an…

bio-bean

GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund 2017 awarded to bio-bean

A proven vehicle for celebrating grass roots development and true innovation, the GIMA Innovators’ Seed Corn Fund (GISCF) has already contributed to helping three brands crack the garden retail market both here and across the globe. This year, another company is set to benefit from the GISCF excellent prize package. Introducing the 2017 winners – bio-bean.  A clean technology company, bio-bean has industrialised the process of recycling spent coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. It was the company’s Coffee Logs that captured the attention of the judges thanks to its simplicity and environmentally friendly nature. Beating off stiff competition,…

sold

Conwy Valley garden centre sold

A garden centre has been sold with plans for the new owners to invest in the site. Tal Goed Nurseries, near Glan Conwy, has been running for more than 25 years and is well known in the local area for its plants and popular cafe. Manager John Griffiths said the site would remain a garden centre – quashing “some rumours” the site was closing. He added: “The new owners – who own the Gift Company – have plans to invest in the site to improve the garden centre and cafe. “It will remain a garden centre and the current staff…

growing

Challenging year for growing media producers

Rising costs and a poor harvest have created challenging trading conditions in 2017. Many manufacturers reported having only harvested 60-70% of their budgeted peat volumes. Despite dry weather in spring it has been followed by increasingly wet summer weather during July and August making harvesting more difficult than usual, driving the use of more expensive materials. Growing Media manufacturers are also facing rising costs of supply at all stages. Production costs rise with labour costs, for example in Ireland costs are going up by 10.4% as the minimum wage increases are implemented. Cost increases affecting all businesses Plastic bags have…

tax

BRC – New inflation figures threaten quarter of a billion pound tax increase for retailers

Today saw the publication of the latest Retail Price Inflation (RPI) figures, which revealed that inflation continued to rise in August to 3.9 per cent. September’s RPI inflation rate, to be published next month, will be used to determine the uplift in business rates next April. Given that the rate of inflation has already accelerated to 3.9 per cent from two per cent in September 2016, this coming September’s RPI is likely to be at least four per cent. This will push up already onerous business rates bills for retailers across the country- who account for a quarter of all…

online

Online plant shop raises $1.1m to lead the houseplant revival among London’s stylish homeowners and offices

Patch (www.patch.garden), the online plant shop, has completed a $1.1m seed investment in its efforts to bring gardening to the digital age. 12 months after launching in East London, the startup has now served over 5,000 customers across the capital, has been growing 30% every month this year and has secured its seed round, led by early-stage investors Forward Partners and supported by London Co-investment Fund and several angel investors. Patch is looking to fill a gaping hole left by traditional garden centres, which are struggling to deliver value to customers due to rising costs, and a slowness to respond…

Hornsea

Hornsea Garden Centre owners fined £21,000 for selling ‘dangerous’ items

The owners of a garden centre have been fined for selling items which “posed a serious fire risk” to customers. Hornsea Garden Centre, which is run by the managers of Woodthorpe Hall Garden Centre in Lincolnshire, was found to be offering furniture and cushions which did not meet fire safety requirements. Trading standards officers visited the firm’s East Yorkshire premises in December, and found a large display of upholstery which did not have appropriate labelling. When concerns were raised about this, the company claimed it could provide evidence from its suppliers to confirm they were safe, but was eventually unable to prove…

stewart

Stewart Garden mark partnership with exciting new products

Stewart Garden is celebrating a blossoming new era with Keter Group as they prepare to launch a range of innovative new growing and gardening products at Glee 2017. Passionate about giving plants the perfect place to grow, Stewart Garden unveil their Urban Gardening range. It features a selection of innovative products to provide gardeners the opportunity to grow, regardless of space. Managing director Andy Burns announced in March 2017 that the Oxfordshire-based company has joined forces with Keter, a global leader in quality resin products. Boasting a presence in more than 90 countries worldwide, Keter offer a broad portfolio of…

app

Information trade fair GrootGroenPlus 2017 – it’s all in the app

The program of trade fair GrootGroenPlus, the trade fair for the green industry that will take place in Zundert (NL) from 4 – 6 October, is starting to come together. The participants receive their construction information, the central square is being set up, and of course, there is a lot of room for (large) green decorations. There is also more information available about speakers and visitors.  App is active This year, it is once again possible to use the GrootGroenPlus app. This is available for free through the App Stores and offers information about your stay, the program, speakers, and…

enemies

Edwin Meijer: Google – Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

You may remember the age old saying ‘Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.’ Well, Google is a friend and a foe in retail: a friend because you have access to an enormous marketplace, and a foe because they take away your business. In this article, I would like to highlight three of Google’s innovations which you should definitely keep an eye on. And to keep it fun, I will also highlight three of Google’s failures. The buy button You search for products on Google, you compare products with Google Shopping and well, why not buy products now that you’re…

winners

Glee New Product Awards 2017 – Winners announced

Eleven ground-breaking new garden products have been confirmed as the winners of the coveted Glee New Product Awards 2017, at a special award presentation organised and run by Garden Trade News. Selected from hundreds of entries showcased at Glee (11 – 13 September, NEC Birmingham), the winning products were chosen by an expert panel of judges, representing independent and multiple retailers and international suppliers. Entries were submitted into twelve key garden retail categories, comprising: Best Retail Services and Experiences Products Best Outdoor Entertaining Products Best Garden Decoration Products Best Home, Gift and Clothing Products Best Wildlife and Pets Products Best…

harrogate

Harrogate Christmas and Gift 2018 – All you want for Christmas, and much more

With summer now firmly behind us, the industry is gearing up for the most important business event of next year – Harrogate Christmas and Gift, which takes place from 14 to 17 January 2018. The show is one of the fastest growing trade shows for this sector seeing a steady year-on-year increase in both exhibitors and visitors over the last five years and now extends to eight halls of the Harrogate Convention Centre. Space is already at a premium for 2018, with halls A, B, C, D, H and M already fully booked, with space still available in the Kings Suite and…

GIMA

GIMA Barometer of Trade highlights inevitable price rises

GIMA’s latest Barometer of Trade, a report that provides overall market analysis through information supplied via members, has highlighted that cost increases are set to become more prevalent. Here the trade association, representing manufacturers within the garden retail industry, shares further insight into these latest findings, and explains what this might mean for the industry. Now in its third year, the latest edition highlights alarming trends in percentage increases for all base costs, highlighting an entirely unavoidable state of affairs for the industry. Raw materials have risen in excess of 13% in the last 12 months, with a 5% increase…

partnership

Decco and Briers form partnership

Decco and Briers have signed an exclusive partnership agreement for the supply of core gloves, boots, accessories and “the award-winning” kids range across the UK. The strength of the Briers brand combined with Decco’s nationwide distribution service will enable Decco’s customers both old and new to realise the proven sales increase seen when stocking Briers. Decco customers will also benefit from in-depth support including merchandising, refreshing design and ongoing innovation from Briers to ensure long term retail sales are maximised. Briers’ commitment to quality and fully compliant product was also a significant factor in Decco’s decision to stock and distribute the…

Sipcam

Sipcam UK launch new child and pet safe garden products

Seven new child and pet safe garden care products, including a bug and mildew control and a unique 3-in-1 mycorrhizal product from the ecofective range to be launched at GLEE. Sipcam UK has created this new and specific sub-category from its full range to offer retailers an attractive and highly visible product offer that taps in to increasing consumer demand for child and pet safe products.  The fact they are all bee friendly is an added bonus. The products are all currently used by professional growers and landscapers in the UK and Europe.  The range consists of a Bug and…

GardenSite

GardenSite.co.uk celebrates 18th Birthday

GardenSite, one of the UK’s leading online garden supplies retailers, is celebrating its 18th birthday this year. Starting trading in 1999, when buying products over the internet was in its infancy, the site grew out of a garden centre established in 1952 that realised the internet offered a great opportunity to expand the business through online shopping. Robert Hall, senior partner, recalls the site’s early days and recently commented: “GardenSite was set up to take advantage of brand new technology (the internet) and we were learning important lessons everyday. We were pioneers and had to quickly acquaint ourselves with the unfamiliar…

tools

Two new appointments at garden tools specialists Darlac

Garden tools specialists Darlac are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Owen as business development manager. Chris joins Darlac from Mr Fothergill’s, the seed company which recently acquired Darlac and where Chris worked previously as a territory manager. In addition to all existing Darlac accounts, Chris’s responsibilities will include spearheading new business opportunities with garden centres. He will personally present Darlac’s extensive collection of tools and equipment to retailers, ensuring that this quality brand is at the forefront of Buyers minds as they prepare to stock up for next season, and he will also look after a new sales…