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

Blue Diamond to step-up expansion programme

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Blue Diamond has revealed plans to shift its garden centre expansion programme up a gear, in the expectation of increasing its profits over the next five years.

Speaking to Garden Centre Retail, MD Alan Roper talked about Blue Diamond’s recent acquisition of Trelawney garden centre in Cornwall, as well as outlining what he believes to be the benefits for centres working with the company.

He said: “We’re stepping up our acquisition – we’ve been doing three every two years, we’re now doing two businesses every year. We’re looking for freeholds and leaseholds, which is how we expand. We’re keen to grow.

“With Trelawney – which is a leasehold -, David Danning still owns the property, on which we pay commercial rent on a 35-year basis. At the same time, he wanted to remain part of the industry, because he’d been involved for 40 years, and his parents owned the site. He now works for us part time as part of the sundries buying team.”

He continued: “If there’s any garden centre owner that doesn’t want to sell their property, and wants their family brand to continue, Blue Diamond’s a good place to come to. If we acquire the types and size of business that we have in mind, we project growth from £82 million to £187 million in five years.”

Blue Diamond is the third largest garden centre retail group in the UK, with 17 sites across the country. The company’s profits, according to its MD, rose 35% in 2014.

Alongside Trelawney, its newest acquisition is the freehold Newbridge Nurseries in West Sussex, which the company bought at the beginning of this year.

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