June 26, 2017

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Bookings up at GCA Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave with more places now available -

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hawkesmill are double winners at the National Plant Show -

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kelkay – Milano Cube breaking the mould -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Klondyke group polmont head office donates to neurological charity funding neuro -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Visitors vote for retail inspiration ideas at the HTA National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Steph McGovern confirmed as HTA Garden Futures Conference 2017 host -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bernard Tickner awarded MBE for services to wildlife conservation and horticulture -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Malus sieboldii Aros awarded best in show at New Plant Awards -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries launch 2018 promotional catalogue -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New simple POS leaflet explains why MossOff gets Diarmuid’s vote -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fire breaks out at Brookfields Garden Centre -

Monday, June 19, 2017

Retail Lab @ Glee: everything you need to know -

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weber® biggest innovation in barbecues in 30 years, setting a new standard for gas grills -

Monday, June 19, 2017

Food to appeal to all the senses at HTA Catering Conference -

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wyevale Garden Centres awarded Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardener’s World Live 2017 -

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries enters Plant Awards at HTA Show -

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tong Garden Centre shortlisted in Bradford business awards -

Friday, June 16, 2017

Grange strengthens marketing team with two new appointments -

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hillier Wholesale Nurseries: 2017-18 Plant List now available -

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ego Power+ HT6500E – a revolutionary cordless system that cuts out petrol -

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Edwin Meijer: Are you ready for the Amazonification?

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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…

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Easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer

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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…

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Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

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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%…

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Terence Nicholson: Give your lawn some TLC this Gardening Week

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It’s time to grab the tools from the shed and turn your garden into a spring haven: next week is National Gardening Week. This means people up and down the country will be spending time in their garden and giving it some TLC. This year, the focus of gardening week is about helping new gardeners. There are a number of activities and events throughout the UK and the aim is to get people outside and tending to their gardens. If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter months, gardening week is the ideal time to spruce it…

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Five top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

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Last week Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, found a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aag1P4OwA3s), made in 1999, in which the interviewer is asking random people on the streets if they wanted to have a mobile phone. “I don’t see the point of it”, “Imagine people would call you while you’re on the bike” and “I have a wired one at home, so why would I need a mobile one?” were the answers. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? Since more people are using tablets and smartphones rather than desktop computers it’s important to assure your garden centre is…

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Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

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Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

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How to maximise impulse sales

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Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and 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…

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Edwin Meijer – four things you can learn from Amazon’s new shops

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You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. And you can access it anywhere, anytime. So, in light of this, what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery shops they plan to open! Garden Connect gives you 4 things to learn from Amazon. Why would they do that? You might think the high…

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

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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…

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HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016

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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,…

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