December 13, 2017

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Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres? -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair -

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks -

Monday, December 11, 2017

Profits wilt at Dobbies Garden Centres -

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Warner Bros order garden centre to take down festive Harry Potter display -

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Cardwell Garden Centre Dig In To Help Green-Fingered Pupils -

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Coconut Kitchen range now available in Dobbies Garden Centres throughout the UK -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Santa’s grotto is being rebuilt after blaze at Notcutts garden centre -

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Council-run Inspirations Garden Centre faces axe as part of £2.7million cuts -

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fire engulfs Santa’s grotto at Notcutts Garden Centre in Woodbridge -

Monday, December 4, 2017

Garden centre worker jailed for fraud -

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Wyevale Garden Centre in Andover hosts ‘royal’ opening -

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold, Droitwich, ram raided by gang -

Friday, December 1, 2017

Santa arrived in style at Squire’s Garden Centres -

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Composite Prime launches HD Fence to rival traditional timber panels -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Perrywood Garden Centres celebrates winning GCA regional Christmas award -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Dobbies makes a students Christmas wish comes true at King’s Lynn garden centre -

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BRC responds to publication of industrial strategy paper -

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thetford Garden Centre unveils refurbished cafe -

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hare Hatch Sheeplands in garden centre closure threat -

Monday, November 27, 2017

Two new appointments at garden tools specialists Darlac

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Garden tools specialists Darlac are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Owen as business development manager. Chris joins Darlac from Mr Fothergill’s, the seed company which recently acquired Darlac and where Chris worked previously as a territory manager. In addition to all existing Darlac accounts, Chris’s responsibilities will include spearheading new business opportunities with garden centres. He will personally present Darlac’s extensive collection of tools and equipment to retailers, ensuring that this quality brand is at the forefront of Buyers minds as they prepare to stock up for next season, and he will also look after a new sales…

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Notcutts appoints new trading director

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Family-owned garden centre group, Notcutts, has announced the appointment of Sarah Silverwood as trading director. Sarah has been acting as interim commercial director at Notcutts since May 2017 and has a wealth of past experience in trading and commercial roles, having previously fulfilled roles with Dreams, Wyevale, Habitat, Homebase and Argos. Commenting on the appointment, Nick Burrows, CEO said: “During her time at Notcutts as interim commercial director, Sarah has already brought strong leadership and vision to our trading operations and forward strategy. She has become a valued member of our executive team and her knowledge and expertise adds a…

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Barrus appoints new sales and technical manager for Garden Division

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E P Barrus Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Noble to the role of field sales and technical manager for the Garden Division. After 19 years’ service with Barrus, Phil will be stepping up from his position as Area Sales Manager to head up one of the most respected sales teams in the industry. Phil has a long track record in the garden machinery sector gaining extensive experience working in both technical and sales positions for a number of garden machinery companies and dealerships. Working alongside his predecessor at Barrus, Martin Wasley, who will retire at the…

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Decco appoints Debbie Paterson as new area sales manager

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Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator, Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland. Debbie will be looking after Decco’s many home and garden customers in Fife, Angus and the West of Scotland. Based in Decco’s Perth depot Stuart and McIntosh, she will spearhead business development across the territory.  Debbie has more than twenty years’ experience in sales and sales management with the last six years specialising in DIY, home and garden products through the independent retail sector. Her most recent role was in sales management at Stax. Commenting…

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Glee 2017: Simon King confirmed as second keynote speaker

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Joining Glee’s keynote roster in 2017 will be well-known naturalist, film maker, author and co-designer of several award-winning garden wildlife products, Simon King OBE. Simon will be presenting a special off-one session on Tuesday 12 September (2:10 – 2:30pm within Glee’s seminar theatre, Retail Lab) entitled ‘The Secrets to a Successful Wildlife Garden’. Never before has there been such a wide choice of products to help attract and support wildlife in your garden. Whether you have a square metre in the heart of the city or a rambling spread in suburbia, there are a host of interventions you can make…

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Interview with Glee’s keynote speaker, Nick Bailey

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1. After 27 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, what continues to inspire you about gardening? I am often described as an expert in my field, but I see myself still a student in it. You never stop learning. It’s exciting to still be learning – every day, observing, even if not actually gardening. I enjoy plants and how the environment responds to them.  2. What have been some of the key learnings from your experiences overseas, having worked in Spain, South Africa and Australia?   There have been some key challenges: Plant supply – in UK & Europe we have a huge diversity…

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Sales agent network to boost ecofective drive into garden centres

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Sipcam UK, which launched its ecofective range of environmentally friendly and natural feed, weed and control products earlier this year, has recruited a network of sales agents to help boost sales into garden centres. Nine experienced and well-known agents will cover the UK and ROI, working in cooperation with Decco (exclusive wholesaler) and handling merchandising and some direct selling where required.  A major thrust will be promoting the new sub range of seven child and pet safe labelled products that are also bee friendly. Since its launch at Glee 2016, the ecofective range has been well received by retailers recognising…

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Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

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Simon Fraser, managing director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. With a Diploma in Horticulture and an HND in Commercial Horticulture Simon has worked for a number of nurseries and garden centres in Aberdeen, Lincolnshire, Kent and New Zealand. This was followed by a six-year stint managing the family forestry business before a number of roles outside the industry. Now as managing director of Ben Reid & Co Simon is the fourth generation of his family that have owned and managed this Aberdeen business. Simon has represented Scottish members on the HTA…

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Briers strengthens supply chain with expanded sales team

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Fashion-led garden clothing and giftware company Briers has further increased investment in its sales management team, with new team members added following on from appointments made throughout the year to strengthen the supply chain.  The expansion of Briers’ workforce comes as the company experiences an increase in demand and expanded worldwide distribution. At the beginning of the season Briers appointed Charlotte Prentice from Suttons as national sales manager, with Chris Keightley as international sales manager. In the last twelve months the company also brought in Tahnee Miles as head of supply chain and Collette Pope as project manager. Tara Truman…

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Trilanco expands sales team with the appointment of two area managers

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Trilanco Ltd has appointed two new area managers to support the trade sales of Harry Hall International’s brands across the UK. The Lancashire-based agricultural, equine and pet wholesaler announced its exclusive UK trade sales and trade distribution rights of Harry Hall International earlier in July 2017. The deal further enhances the range of equine and pet products available to retail customers. Angela Pearson joins Trilanco from Harry Hall where she worked for 16-years in a variety of roles including area sales manager. Angela will cover the North of England and Scotland. Angela commented: “I’m really excited to be working for Trilanco,…

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