April 26, 2018


Millbrook Garden Centre: The Dog’s Tale -

Thursday, 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

Start selling plants online!


Garden Connect’s managing director Edwin Meijer explains how to efficiently start selling plants online. Plants are the core business of garden centres so it’s surprising to see not many centres are selling plants online. As one of the few non-growers we’re exhibiting at the HTA Plant Show on the 21st and 22nd of June and we’re happy to explain you how you could showcase and sell your plants online! Here are three tips to get you started but be sure to visit stand 46 later this month to learn more. 1. Logistics Shipping olive trees from Southampton to Edinburgh can be a…

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Zapper, revolutionising retail?


Zapper the fast growing, global data insights and mobile payment platform, has adapted its Pay-at-Counter solution, currently very successful in pre-pay hospitality environments, for convenience retail outlets in the UK. This smart system allows customers a fast alternative to pay for their items and gain immediate digital rewards. Zapper also saves stores valuable time and resources, providing instant customer data. With an incredibly simple, reliable and robust solution, already proven globally, Zapper enables shoppers to open the app, scan a unique QR code at till point to quickly pay then leave starred rate and review feedback, instantly visible to the…

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Three ways to integrate your loyalty card with Facebook


Garden Connect’s managing director Edwin Meijer explains the benefits of linking your loyalty card to Facebook. Two weeks ago I celebrated my birthday on a sunny beach. As expected, I received a few texts and calls from friends and family. And the Garden Connect team? They all forgot my birthday because I switched off the birthday notification on Facebook. Mmm. It’s a simple real-life example how people use Facebook and how dependent we are on social media. I do forget the birthdays of my team every once in a while myself, so It didn’t bother me at all, especially as…

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HTA technology conference report

Technology Conference

Many topics were on the agenda for the HTA Technology Conference, which took place in Solihull this week. From apps, lighting and security to stock control, customer loyalty and EPoS – technology impacts on garden industry business in many different ways. Sponsored by CSY Retail, the conference included a panel session about the benefits and challenges of using electronic point of sale (EPoS) chaired by Grant Davis and featuring Simon Fraser from Ben Reid Garden Centre, Karen Elkington from Ruskington and Belton Garden Centres and Steve Grabham from Willowbrook Garden Centre. Amongst the benefits cited were the ability to control…

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Hum Flowerpots – A story of innovation

Hum flowerpots

Showcasing British manufacturing and innovation, this new product has made a vivid impression on the garden, gift and home retail sector. Hum Flowerpots are unlike anything else on the market, with their contemporary graphic designs and bright colours. Made in the UK, from frost- and fade-resistant plastic, they are a great way to brighten up a dull patio, and are now selling across the UK and Europe. Now, with the creation of a new, automated production line for 2016, the potential for this exciting new product is huge. Increased capacity and reduced costs now enable high volume production runs for…

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Five ways you can benefit from Black Friday

Black Friday

GCR assistant editor Charlie Cook discusses maximising profitability while at the same time avoiding Black Friday becoming ‘Punch-Your-Neighbour-for-an-iPad day’. 2014 was the year that large stores and supermarkets in the UK really jumped on the bandwagon of the American retail tradition that is Black Friday. Asda was blasted on social media for scenes of chaos and Tesco had to call in the police to control destructive bargain-hunters. It needn’t be this way. There are plenty of approaches you can take to use Black Friday to your benefit without encouraging overwhelming greed and competition (whilst still incorporating it into your pre-Christmas effort). Here…

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When Black Friday comes…

Black Friday

This time last year, ‘Black Friday’ saw certain retailers descending into chaos due to often manic bargain-hunting on the part of customers. Here, GCR’s Phil Mason reinforces the importance of a comfortable retail environment and discusses why garden centres are uniquely-placed to sell on something other than price. Last week, retail giant ASDA announced that it would be scaling back its effort for this year’s Black Friday, due to concerns over the shopping experience becoming too ‘fraught’ for its customers. Alongside the obvious irony arising from the fact that the chain introduced the event to the UK in the first…

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Five things you didn’t know about e-commerce


The UK is the number one country for online shopping in the world. Brits are spending more online than any other population in the world – so there are plenty of opportunities for you to make that next step forward. In this article Garden Connect shows you five things you may not have known but could be very valuable: Plants are sold online to your older customers Surprisingly, the age group of 55 to 65 spends more money buying plants online than age group 45 to 55. On average, 10% of the money spent on plants is spent online. Age…

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See me, feel me

Mike Still

For retail guru Mike Still, product display is arguably the most powerful weapon a retailer possesses. It’s a shame then, he says, that so many garden centres are happy to get it wrong. Getting the customer to purchase is what retail is all about, and in reality it’s pretty easy. Set a product on a shelf, table, or indeed whatever you like, put a price against it and someone will buy. So why do many garden centres make it so hard on themselves? Why do so many just cram their stock in, often using a store layout that has developed…

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It is easy being green

Jane Perrone

Jane Perrone talks about how to use ethical garden products to attract a more socially aware, and potentially more well-off, consumer In my day job as gardening editor at the Guardian – where we try to champion organic gardening and peatfree compost – I am often in danger of complacency about how far horticulture has come in terms of adopting a sustainable approach to growing. Sadly, a visit to a garden centre is almost guaranteed to shake off my smugness. Browsing the stacks of growbags for instance, there’s usually only a 50/50 chance I’ll find a peat-free option on offer….

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