April 20, 2018

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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

Magical Hydrangeas launched into the UK with The Little Botanical -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Garden centre gifts £650 worth of plants to the Martlets Hospice -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

North-east garden centre named one of the best in UK -

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gold found in stream at Cardwell Garden Centre -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christmas department at Haskins Garden Centres now open due to high demand -

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Kelkay appoints new manufacturing manager

Manufacturing manager

Aggregates expert Kelkay has appointed Jonathan Wilson to the position of manufacturing manager. Jonathan will take day-to-day control of Kelkay’s production facility, ensuring the company’s stringent quantity and quality targets are met. He’ll be responsible for the company’s programme of continuous improvement in manufacturing efficiencies, and will introduce new key performance indicators. Jonathan will also implement an advanced, ISO 9001 compliant, quality control system. Jonathan joins Kelkay from paving specialist Marshalls, where he worked for nine years. During this time he held the positions of production manager and site manager, managed over 200 employees and helped his site win numerous…

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Neudorff strengthens sales team

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Neudorff has strengthened its sales team with the additions of sales agent, Spencer Goodall. Jude Beharall, the organic weed, feed and control brand’s sales director said: “Spencer has excellent credentials within the garden industry, he was a past president of GIMA and currently works with a wide portfolio of companies, his experience and excellent working relationships make him an ideal partner for Neudorff.” Goodall, who represents a number of brands through his business, Totally Sales, said: “Neudorff’s product range covers a wide number of gardening needs, making it particularly attractive to retailers, that teamed with its marketing activities make it…

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Gardman announce new-look sales team

Gardman

Gardman has appointed Steve Harper as sales director and added two other highly experienced garden industry professionals to their senior sales team. Harper has 16 years’ experience in the industry, specifically as sales director at William Sinclair Horticulture and MD of the start-up pear-free growing media company Vital Earth. Harper joined from Bord na Mona, where he was head of UK sales and is currently chairman of the Growing Media Association. Lolly Lee has also been promoted to regional sales director, while Terry Murphy takes up the role of national sales manager to complete the re-shuffle.

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Haskins West End appoint new management team

Haskins West End

The 140 full and part time staff at the Haskins West End Garden Centre near Eastleigh have a new management team. The newly promoted general manager Peter Callaway is now supported by the former restaurant general manager Ben Harrison, who has been promoted to assistant general manager of the centre. Harrison’s role as boss of the 460 seat restaurant since 2012 has been awarded to 28-year-old Marianne Peet,  who started waitressing from the age of 14, and became a general manager for a range of restaurant chains, including Ask, Strada and Frankie & Bennys since the age of 18. Julian Winfield, Chief…

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Record Christmas at Notcutts as they announce Dulieu as chairman

Notcutts

Notcutts, the UK’s largest family owned garden centre group, is pleased to announce a trading update for the Christmas period. For the 5 weeks ending 3rd January, Notcutts LFL performance was an impressive 11.8% up on the previous year. 31,000 children visited Father Christmas at Notcutts, an increase of 6,000 visits on the previous year, and artificial Christmas trees saw a 20% increase in sales, with the Norway Spruce – priced at £170 – the bestseller. More than 2,800 Hellebores were sold and customers augmented their faux trees with a ‘Scentical’, a new product that creates the smell of a…

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Alyson Hayward takes new role at Wyevale

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Alyson Hayward is to become Wyevale’s horticultural quality manager Her role will be to ensure the group’s plant quality is second to none. She currently manages Moreton Park garden centre that was bought by the country’s largest garden centre group in September. Hayward has a long history with Wyevale, managing Woodlands garden centre when the company was run by Brian Evans and Bob Hewitt. Then she was responsible for inducting Bridgemere into Jim Hodkinson’s Wyevale. In the Nicholas Marshall era, when the company changed its name to The Garden Centre Group she had the responsibility, as a regional manager, for…

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Sandy Shepherd joins HTA Board

Sandy Shepherd from Ball Colegrave has joined the HTA Board as a Director. As Managing Director for Ball Colegrave since 2001 Sandy brings more than 30 years horticultural business knowledge to the organisation having previously held senior management positions in KinderGarden Plants, Jiffy and Lows of Dundee. Ball Colegrave is the UK’s leading wholesale distributor of seed and plants to commercial growers and local authorities founded in 1962 by the late David Colegrave and his wife Nancy. David pioneered with the introduction of the first F1 hybrids to the UK market, a significant turning point in the history of ornamental…

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New Chair for GROW

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Head of Horticulture at the HTA, has taken over the chairmanship of the GROW Careers initiative from Leigh Morris who has held the post for eight years. The official handover took place on 24 September at the Young Hort Conference at Battersea Park. Outgoing chair of GROW, Leigh Morris says “The vision of the Grow Careers initiative when it was established in 2006 was to create an industry wide movement to promote horticulture and the many varied careers within it. This could truly only ever be achieved by the industry working together and I’m delighted that during my almost 8 years as…

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GROWING DALEFOOT COMPOST APPOINTS NEW SALES & MARKETING MANAGER

AN AWARD-WINNING peat free compost company has appointed its first sales and marketing manager as part of plans to grow its business across the UK. Marketing expert Paula Davies, formally Brand Marketing Manager at Lowe Alpine, joins the company this autumn. She will be helping Dalefoot Compost’s owners Simon Bland and Jane Barker to expand the Cumbrian-based business, selling to premium trade outlets as well as developing new products for eco-conscious gardeners. Paula said: “I feel privileged to be invited to join the team at Dalefoot Composts at such an exciting time for the business.  What I’m looking forward to…

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Wyevale Nurseries on the hunt for Amenity Sales Executive

PEOPLE with amenity sales experience can this month (September, 2014) apply for a role with one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries. Wyevale Nurseries based in Hereford is looking for a full-time Sales Executive within the Amenity Sales Department to join its team and is struggling to find a suitable applicant. Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “Ideally we would want to take someone on with amenity sales experience but as this type of person seems to be rare we would certainly consider someone without direct sales experience but who was/has been involved in the commercial amenity…

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