Garden Centre Retail – Feb 2015

News Centre: A round-up of industry news.

■ Association News: The Garden Centre Association and Horticultural Trades Association share more of their thoughts on what’s going on this year.

Opinion:  Jane Perrone shows independents how to build brand identity.

■ Business Tips: Liz Dobbs looks at sustainability. Keith Bateman asks how EPoS can reduce costs. Dominic Keen discusses the value of mobile commerce for Christmas 2015.

■ View From The Top: This month Garden Centre Retail spoke to Ally Moseley, director and general manager of Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne.

■ Store Design: Paul Playdell advises looks at how to build stronger relationships with customers this spring.

■ Plant Focus: Lucy Summers identifies an emerging demographic of would-be gardeners and explains how to get them buying knowledgeably.

 Go and see: We preview the much anticipated PATS show at Sandown and highlight the top exhibitions and seminars.

■ Category Review: Geoff Hodge looks at barbecues.

■ Latest products: All the latest in barbecues, aquatics, artificial grass and general.

■ Trading with: We speak to Chris Hewitt, Marketing Manager at barbecue specialist Weber.  

■ Recruitment: Martin Gibbons discusses what personality types make for good management. Mike Fuller lists five easy steps to recruiting the right staff.

■ Staff room:  Three little interviews from industry personalities

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