January 23, 2018


Garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Smart Garden Products is bringing the Three Kings brand to Spring Fair -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair in February 2018 -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20% -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities -

Monday, January 22, 2018

Garden centre in Devon wows customers with new cafe offering including ‘free from’ treats -

Friday, January 19, 2018

Catshill garden centre donates trees to Dudley Zoo -

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Shoulder To Soldier makes plans at the Bents community allotment -

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perrywood presents cheques totalling over £14,000 to chosen charities -

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BBC comedian to compere GCA awards dinner -

Monday, January 15, 2018

Paradise Park Garden Centre supports town academy -

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New roads mean workers facing job losses at Willesborough Wyevale garden centre -

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bonningtons Announces New Website Launch -

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Squire’s in Long Ditton is Garden Centre of the Year -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Donkey Sanctuary thanks Dunbar Garden Centre visitors for their festive support -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering -

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Notcutts celebrates successful 120th year -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Tong Garden Centre launches staff reward and recognition scheme -

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dogs met Santa at Squire’s -

Monday, December 18, 2017

Bunnings Warehouse opens its first store in South Yorkshire -

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Creating the feel-good factor in your garden centre’s restaurant


Catering can play a major role in boosting your garden centre’s appeal and turnover. Thermoflor has discussed this matter with experts from the sector and contributes expertise in the field of design and construction, like recently for Forest Lodge in Farnham.  Food is emotion At the Garden Retail Experience congress that took place in the Netherlands professor Cor Molenaar (Retail Marketing) held an inspiring speech about the future of garden centres:  “Catering may be the ultimate experience factor that customers are searching for. Especially if it is combined with loyalty actions such as free coffee when you buy something, it…

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Are you selling and displaying your seeds properly?

selling seeds

Liz Dobbs – a researcher, editor, writer and author on all things garden and plant related – talks to Garden Centre Retail about selling seeds. Selling seed in garden centres is not only about the core A-Z range for the keen gardeners, but enticing customers who don’t know what seed they want or who may not even have thought about it to make purchases. The major seed brands put a lot of research and development into marketing but as Ian Cross, marketing manager of Mr Fothergill’s, explains retailers still have a job to do: “The garden centres who do well selling seeds…

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The Future for EPoS: Keith Bateman


Keith Bateman from Davidson Richards talks to Garden Centre Retail about the future for EpoS. We live in unprecedented times in terms of the pace of technology, and now cloud technology is the way forward for storing and accessing our precious information. With many of us already using the cloud for our smart phones for photos, social media, email, music and countless apps we don’t think twice about updating or maintaining these. In the business and retail world, the cloud is also transforming how EPoS and retail management solutions are delivered and consumed. In the past, retailers needed a physical…

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Catering: Fail to plan; plan to fail

Catering feature

Vision Commercial Kitchens talk to Garden Centre Retail about what businesses will need to initially consider when thinking about adding catering to their establishments. The old adage ‘fail to plan then plan to fail’ is true in all aspects of business but none more so than when making an investment in something as critical as your first food and beverage retail offering. We all know how valuable catering is to the garden retail industry. In 2007/08 the approximate annual spend in garden centre cafés and restaurants was £130m and this has grown to a whopping £200m and can often account…

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Making the most of space


Commercial director of AIS, David Standing explains how to make the most of the space in your garden centre. Earlier in my career with the likes of Homebase and B&Q everything was analysed to within an inch of its life. There were, of course, systems in place and specialist teams to look at every business metric – a situation that is typically not replicated within smaller independent businesses. Nevertheless, it is difficult to argue against the merits of understanding as much detail as possible about business performance and one of those key metrics is return on space. Those companies, as…

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Grow your garden centre with the right technological mix


Technology expert Tina Patel explains how to achieve the right mix of technology to create success. With this time of year being a busy period for online buyers, garden centres should seize the opportunity to ensure their online marketing works both online and offline. The technical and logistical side of running a garden centre needs to be integrated with an online selling platform which best fits the garden centre. Essentially, customers are searching online before they pop to the shops. Garden centres should display their product range online to survive in the garden retail sector. Tina Patel, relationship manager at Garden…

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Let them eat cake: how to increase footfall to your coffee shop

Doug Stewart

Garden centre and catering consultant Doug Stewart shares ten ways to boost off-peak footfall to your coffee shop. What if you could see your coffee shop as your customers see it? Here are ten ways to get into the mind of your customer and direct them to your cafe during off-peak times. 1. Show them the way The first point of call in driving footfall to your coffee shop is making sure your customers can actually find it. What visual clues are you giving to your first time customers? Does the coffee shop spill out into an outdoor seating area? Is…

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Industry comes together for new water conservation course

Amenity horticulture organisations and the water supply industry have come together to create a new course in water conservation. The innovative on-line course leading to the new Certificate in Water Conservation will help industry professionals demonstrate high standards of sustainable, environmentally sensitive and cost-effective use of water in gardens, parks, sports grounds and all areas of amenity horticulture. The course which is available from 12 January 2015, can be accessed via www.htalearning.org.uk For the first time, 15 of the leading organisations in the horticulture and water supply industries have combined resources and expertise to help horticultural staff recognise and implement best…

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STV pledges another £1,000 to Greenfingers appeal

STV has pledged a further £1,000 of fund-raising support to the Greenfingers ‘Rosy Cheeks’ Appeal – or a £1 donation for every one of its FSDU displays delivered to UK garden centres this side of January-end pre-season, the company says. “We’re expecting to deliver at least a 1,000 FSDU display units to garden centres before the end of next month,” says managing director, Edwin Allingham.  “And this is a great opportunity to focus our team and garden centre customers on our short term sales and delivery target, as well as to raise extra money for such a worthwhile cause as…

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World record holder to speak at GCA conference

A Guinness World Records™ holder who is an expert in memory and personal development will be speaking at the Garden Centre Association’s annual conference in January 2015. David Thomas, who broke the world record for reciting the maths formula Pi (3.14..) to 22,500 digits, will discuss techniques for improving memory at the conference on Monday, January 26. Iain Wylie, Chief Executive of the GCA, said: “When he was 20-years-old David joined the Fire Service, after failing his promotion exams he bought a book on memory to help him pass the test. Since then he has gone on to develop one of…

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