April 20, 2018

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Fosseway Garden Centre extension passed despite objections -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Food at Webbs at Wychbold garden centre wins Farm Shop & Deli Award -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Garden centres hope for better weather after Easter washout -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Abbots Leigh garden centre café reopens -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley ‘will remain open’ -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Haskins Garden Centres choose charities for the year -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Gardman Service Update -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide -

Monday, April 16, 2018

Garden centre manager stole more than £30,000 from family business -

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Strikes fire: Garden centre to reopen ‘as soon as possible’ -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Owner of Plowmans Garden Centre in West Parley goes into administration -

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Major damage’ in Stokesley garden centre fire -

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bents raises over £22k for Alzheimer’s Society -

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Notcutts celebrates success at its own annual conference and awards dinner -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Garden centre gifts £650 worth of plants to the Martlets Hospice -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

North-east garden centre named one of the best in UK -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Pets at Glee: an unrivalled profit opportunity

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With a recent report suggesting that 70% of UK garden centres now feature a dedicated pet care section, it is clear that the UK’s love for their pets shows no sign of slowing.  But more than this, the statistic shows that pet care sales still have room to grow within the garden centre market, offering pet product suppliers the potential to greatly expand their stockists and market visibility. The trade event that offers pet care suppliers the very best opportunity to communicate with garden centre buyers is Glee (11 – 13 September, NEC Birmingham).  As the UK’s leading trade event…

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Hartley Botanic’s 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show trade stand

At 200 square metres, Hartley Botanic’s trade stand at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will be one of the largest and most ambitious in its category. The stand, which has been designed by Longview Design, will be built by The Outdoor Room with plants sourced by Burford Garden Company, will feature five handmade greenhouses and glasshouses with show garden worthy planting to demonstrate the huge variety of ways Hartley Botanic greenhouses can be enjoyed by the modern gardener. From a bronze Opus glasshouse filled entirely with rare orchids to a white Grange glasshouse dedicated to traditional fruit and vegetable…

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BOPP – Celebrating 21 years of certification

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To celebrate the 21st anniversary of BOPP (British Ornamental Plant Producers’ certification scheme) a special event for the ornamentals sector is being held on Tuesday 18 July at the HTA offices at Chilton in Oxfordshire. This one day industry seminar will inform members on current industry issues, discuss the importance of certification in the sector and mark the milestone in BOPP’s history. A two-course celebratory lunch will also be provided at the new headquarters of the HTA, which is the home of the BOPP Certification Scheme. Confirmed speakers include Ed Birchall from APHA, Dr Gracie Barrett a AHDB Fellow at…

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GIMA Knowledge Exchange: Three one-day interactive workshops focussed on skill building

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This autumn, the GIMA Knowledge Exchange Programme will feature three one-day interactive workshops designed to build skills across management and sales platforms. Created in association with Cedar Associates, leaders in business management courses, the three workshops are open to all sales and management personnel, and are designed to optimise working relationships via improved key account management and negotiation skills. This trio of workshops will help attendees to focus on the key aspects of their role, improving efficiencies, team morale and creating a wider sense of ownership through all aspects of their day-to-day operations. The first workshop entitled ‘Leading and Managing…

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New look, new Glee

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With a rich 40 year plus history, it’s safe to say that Glee – the leading annual trade exhibition for the garden and outdoor living retail industry – has witnessed somewhat of a style evolution over the last four decades. Now, as we head towards the 2017 show, the show’s branding and creative and has been updated once again, creating a new look that is bolder, brighter and brimming with freshness. Rolled out across Glee marketing collateral, dedicated website and throughout the show itself, the new branding is reflective of the changes taking place at the exhibition. Following a continued…

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Announcing Peter Avis as keynote speaker for HTA Catering Conference

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Peter Avis, restaurant manager of Virgin Limited Edition’s Babylon restaurant in London, is set to address delegates at the HTA Catering Conference – ‘A Piece of Cake?’ Sponsored by Compass Group, the conference takes place on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield. From dishwasher to UK Restaurant Manager of the Year, Peter Avis rose through the ranks of the hospitality industry to the rooftop heights of the prestigious Babylon Restaurant through hard work and fierce determination. Peter will share his passion for customer service and responsibility, and draw on his inspirational rags to riches…

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Glee Talking Head: The affordability of gardening – how is it changing?

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As over 600 companies start to gear up for another Glee exhibition, the leading show for the garden retail industry, we ask whether the affordability of gardening is changing. Is good, better, best still a thriving approach to range selections? Are high-end price tags enticing more consumers, or is bargain basement still the ultimate winning formula? Here, a number of Glee 2017 exhibitors join the debate, sharing their own thoughts and experiences. Manufacturers of the finest quality agricultural and garden tools, Burgon & Ball is often considered at the top end of the market. Heather Culpan, managing director at Burgon…

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2017 GIMA Charity Golf and Activity Day

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Running alongside GIMA’s annual Charity Golf Day, will be the inaugural GIMA Kwik Cricket and Laser Clay Shooting Challenge.  This fun and accessible day will be open to anyone who wants to come along and enjoy some fun and relaxation in the glorious county of Shropshire. Participants will start the day by arriving at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, before having coffee and a bacon butty with the golfers.  You’ll then transported to Lilleshall, around 20 minutes from the hotel, for the day’s activities. Set in the shadow of the Lilleshall Monument, you’ll be welcomed to the village cricket ground…

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Masterchef 2016 winner to speak at HTA Catering Conference Dinner

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Reining Masterchef champion, Jane Devonshire, will be the speaker at this year’s HTA Catering Conference dinner which takes at The Belfry in Sutton Coldfield in June. The dinner, takes place on the evening of Tuesday 13 June, after the first day of the Conference, which this year is sponsored by Compass Group. Since winning MasterChef in 2016, Jane has taken the bull by the food horns and tested herself further by working with a number of amazing chefs including Marcus Wareing, Atol Kochhar, Jason Atherton, Michel Roux and Michael O’Hare at their restaurants. Jane has presented at numerous Food & Drink Shows around…

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New brands announced for Harrogate Home & Gift Show

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The organisers of Home & Gift in Harrogate are delighted to confirm that the 2017 event will take place from 16 – 19 July, with a record number of new exhibitors. A key date in the retail buying calendar, this festival gives buyers the opportunity to discover new products, meet new brands for the first time, and purchase from a range of trend-driven areas including gift, design-led gift, home & interiors, greetings & stationery and jewellery & fashion. The event is now in its 51st year and has built up a strong reputation amongst retailers, designers and manufacturers alike, providing a…

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