April 26, 2018


Lubera’s new edibles so far for 2018 -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Historic Farplants Launch: Small Plants for Small Spaces -

Monday, April 23, 2018

Profits bloom at Scottish garden centre firm -

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Is your website GDPR compliant? -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

Hayes Garden World increases revenue 110% thanks to temporary structure

Hayes Garden World's temporary structure

Hayes Garden World, located in Ambleside, is the largest Garden Centre in Cumbria, attracting over a million visitors per year.  In the run up to the festive period, they wanted to transform their furniture section into a Christmas shop. Worldwide Structures were approached by Hayes Garden World to provide a single storey temporary structure to accommodate some of their garden furniture over the Winter months.  During the development stage, drawings and images were sent through of the proposed structure and project details finalised. Upon confirmation of the project, the structural components were prepared and delivered to site.  Installation of the…

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From The Archives: Turning browsers into buyers November 15


Martin Newman takes a look at how web optimisation can turn your website browsers into buyers Ask your customers which websites they spend the most time on and you’ll hear the same names again and again: Facebook, Amazon, BBC and maybe MailOnline. The way these high-traffic websites are designed has more of an impact on how successful your own website is than you might think. The acknowledged expert in website usability, Jakob Nielsen has created a law of web user experience: “Users spend most of their time on other websites.” He argues that web users expect your website to work…

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From The Archives: Cash flow issues or unhelpful banks September 2014

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There are a number of very simple points to look at when considering cash flow, and whether the problems are internal or if you are having issues with banks being unhelpful, these steps could prove extremely useful in gaining you improved cash flow results, just by making minimal changes to your business, explains Simon Quinton Smith of Quinton Edwards. Turn stock into cash Look at your stock areas where you have too much of one item or areas where some of the stock is looking old – holding too much stock will tie up cash and increase storage and insurance…

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From The Archives: Why you should invest in an EPoS system May 2017


Garden Centre Retail spoke to commercial manager of Davidson Richards, Jo Bateman, about what EPoS can bring to a garden centre. Who uses EPoS? “Approximately 50% of garden centres have taken up EPoS to date, but that number is increasing, as even the smaller-sized garden centres are seeing the benefit,” says Jo. “In previous years a lot of retailers, including garden centres, felt the system was too complicated and expensive to bother with. As time has gone on they are starting to realise the benefits, in terms of the speed and ease of stock management and information gathering.” The evolution of…

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From The Archives: Follow The Money June 2016

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Garden centre design and business consultant Paul Pleydell argues that to thrive going forward, garden centres may have to diversify their offer even 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. The question is, 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 now, where does…

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From The Archives: How to publicise your event using Twitter July 2017


After putting out a press release, taking out an advert in your local paper, and telling your core customers in person, what else can be done to get bodies through the door for an event?  Garden Centre Retail spoke to Kimberley Hornby, managing director of Hornby Whitefoot PR about how to use Twitter to drive publicity and attract a wider audience to your garden centre’s event. Timing is everything All events are different, but the most successful ones manage to build up a frenzy of interest over a period of time.  Always work backwards from the event – the day…

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From The Archives: Tong looking for a brand new start March 2016


Co-owner of Tong Garden Centre Mark Farnsworth talks about how revamping the catering offer has been central to building a new identity across the business. Tong Garden Centre was once considered to be one of the leading garden centres in the north. The centre was rebuilt following a fire in 2001, which created an indoor retail area of nearly 70,000ft2 and over 100,000ft2 of outdoor selling space. With 700 car parking spaces and excellent warehousing all sitting on a 17 acre site, we knew that the infrastructure was in place to restore Tong’s reputation after several difficult years. My business…

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From The Archives: How to sell weed control December 2015

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Simple explanations and cutting down on options is the way to sell weed control, an often confusing product, says Geoff Hodge It was an interesting year for weedkiller sales. The cold weather in spring meant a slow start, but sales soon picked up in summer and went on well into autumn. But were weedkillers picked up by your customers? And were they happy with the results they achieved? From my talks with gardeners, weedkiller use still engenders lots of bewilderment and confusion. And their confusion isn’t helped at all by their point-of-purchase experience. Behavioural research, carried out by Shopping Behaviour…

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From The Archives: How to maximise impulse sales January 2017


Garden Centre Retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase,” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse sale – not all three have to…

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From The Archives: Sowing the seeds of success for home and garden retailers October 2016


A large number of retailers are still hesitant about selling home and garden products online. The challenge often lies in the size of the merchandise and the nature of the products. However, this sector represents 8% of the total online sales registered in the UK and studies show the market is on the rise. So how can online sellers make more hay while the sun shines on this sector? We’ve put together a brief plan that should help home and garden retailers to untangle the intricacies of this growing sector. Plan your seasons Planning around seasonality is a critical requirement…

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