June 26, 2017

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Retail Lab @ Glee speaks to creative director, Romeo Sommers -

Monday, June 26, 2017

GIMA Awards 2017 – last few tickets remaining -

Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Retail Lab @ Glee speaks to creative director, Romeo Sommers

romeo

Please tell me more about your role as creative director of the Retail Lab @ Glee. What does your role entail, and how will it work at the show? I like to think of myself as an ‘inspirator’, meaning I draw inspiration from all aspects of life and my surroundings. My job is to listen to the latest trends, and to interpret them into tangible and workable concepts that can work in a commercial environment. I love to get people outside of their comfort zone, getting them thinking differently about how products are presented, how retailing can be shaped and…

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Student wins landscape architecture dissertation award

Student

A Writtle University College student has won an award for her landscape architecture dissertation. Dawn Parke, from Ireland, won the best MA dissertation award from the Landscape Research Group and received £350. Dawn, who graduated last year with an MA Landscape Architecture, explored the concept of “place attachment” in landscape architecture design. Her research, entitled ‘The physical life of place’, proposed a new model for landscape architects to use when evoking place attachment. It is based on the dynamic biophysical, psychological and socio-cultural processes that happen when a person becomes attached to a place. Dawn said: “Any dissertation takes a…

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Staff to host talk and run charity plant stall at festival

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STAFF at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Herefordshire will this month (June, 2017) be at Hellens Garden Festival in the county to host a talk and run a plant stall in aid of charity. Members of the team at Wyevale Nurseries have organised the plant stall at Hellens Manor in Much Marcle on June 10 and 11 with the proceeds being donated to St Michael’s Hospice and Eastnor Primary School. Adrian Hoare, garden design & domestic landscape sales manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, said: “We’re delighted to announce that we are sponsoring the Hellens Garden Festival. As…

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Alex Vick appointed as new HTA senior executive director

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As part of the on-going review into the management structure the HTA Board have appointed Mrs Alex Vick as the senior executive director with immediate effect. Alex brings to this role a wealth of experience in financial and commercial management as well as proven leadership experience. Alex is a statutory director of the HTA, having joined the Board in April 2016. Adam Wigglesworth, president, said: “I am delighted that Alex has accepted this position. Her commitment and enthusiasm to improving the HTA for the members has become clear to the Board. I am confident that with her direction, the Leadership…

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New Eden Greenhouse blinds launched

Eden

Following on from the highly successful launch of its Zero Threshold™ range, the first design breakthrough in aluminium greenhouses for more than 25 years, the Eden Greenhouses brand now has a greenhouse roller blinds offer to add to its comprehensive range of accessories. Designed to provide neat and effective shading to protect young plants from harsh sunlight. The Eden-branded roller blinds are supplied in packs of two with an RRP of £24.99.  The blinds are easy to fit with suction pads top and bottom if seasonal removal/re-application is required. The blinds are easily retracted to make use of all possible…

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Squire’s Garden Centres appoints new finance director

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Squire’s Garden Centres have appointed Mark Wilson as their new finance director. Mark joins Squire’s with a wealth of experience, having worked for Unilever for nearly 25 years in a variety of Finance, Buying and Corporate Strategy roles, as well as working for 10 years as Finance Director at Vitacress, a family owned supplier of fresh produce to the grocery trade. Martin Breddy, Squire’s managing director said: “I am delighted to announce that Mark Wilson has joined Squire’s Garden Centres as our Finance Director, replacing Steven Palmer who retired at the end of April after 8 years service at Squire’s….

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Gavin Jones appoints two new directors for Clifton Nurseries

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Gavin Jones Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of David Morley (retail director) and Dennis Espley (non-exec director) to develop their Clifton Nurseries operations, acquired by the Group in June 2016. David is appointed as retail director with a combination of 29 years’ experience at a senior level with the John Lewis Partnership – most recently as general manager of both of John Lewis’ London flagship stores on Oxford Street and prior to that at Peter Jones in Chelsea – coupled with his most recent position with the RHS as Director of Gardens, Shows and Retail.  Having worked with…

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Gardman appoints Scott McCabe as director

Scott

Following a hugely positive response to Gardman’s 2017 marketing programme, Scott McCabe will join Gardman to strengthen the Garden Centre Independents team. Scott has worked the majority of his career in the gardening industry and has previously worked with Gardman as an agent. His most recent position was as retail director at Polhill Garden Centre. Scott has a unique blend of retailer and supplier experience that will be invaluable to Gardman and its customers and will enable the company to further support this valuable element of the business. Scott said: “I am delighted to be joining Gardman. I look forward…

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New appointment to Kelkay’s Board of Directors

Kelkay

Following his recent retirement form the role of chief executive at Klondyke, Bob Hewitt is set to take up a new part time role with Kelkay which he plans to run alongside his non-executive Chairman responsibilities at Klondyke. Bob began his garden retail career at Wyevale almost 30 years ago and he has spent the past 10 years at the helm at Klondyke where he has built his reputation as one of the most respected retail professionals in the garden sector. So Antony Harker was delighted when he agreed to join the Board at Kelkay in a non-executive director capacity….

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John Cook appointed as new head chef at Stewarts Garden Centre restaurant

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Stewarts Garden Centre Restaurant and Coffee shop at Broomhill, near Wimborne has appointed John Cook as their new head chef.  With over 40 years’ experience, John, a Liverpudlian, will help to prepare the kitchen team of 4 to meet the changes announced regarding the new extension to the centre that have been granted planning permission.  He will draw on his vast experience gained from hotel groups including Holiday Inns and the Thistle Hotel on Poole Quay and contract catering including British Aerospace. Howard Arnold, catering manager at Stewarts, said that John Cook will ensure that the quality of food produced…

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