October 21, 2017

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JCB PAINT® announce the worldwide launch of Supertough™, Supersafe™, Superversatile™ paint -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Plans lodged for new coffee shop and events area at Aberdeen garden centre -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GARDENA unveils new route to market with sales agents -

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Durstons hold prices for 2018 -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BRC Report: September – leaves aren’t the only things falling -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Registration live for January Furniture Show -

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Nursery invests in growth after receiving AgriTech grant -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perrywood garden centre brings houseplants to Essex classrooms -

Monday, October 16, 2017

Big hit on retailers as new inflation figures are announced this week -

Monday, October 16, 2017

TV and radio 4 gardening expert to launch gardening school at Bradford Garden Centre -

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Wilkinson Sword reveal new range of scissors -

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Wildlife website redesigned with customers in mind -

Friday, October 13, 2017

GCA Trust’s delegates report back from the IGCA Congress -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Royal Horticultural Society to change date of National Gardening Week in 2018 -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Oakhurst Garden Centre reopens -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Public relations discounts available for garden centres -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

EGO Power+ – Blowing petrol power out of the garden -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Xylella elearning module available from HTA -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tesselaar: So, which new plants really stand out? -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Excitement builds as AQUA 2017 gets set to open -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

  • Niwaki

    Niwaki Christmas Open House: 24th & 25th November

    Niwaki are holding their Christmas Open House on the 24th and 25th of November at their showroom in Semley. This is a great opportunity to meet the team and see the full range of fine pruning tools, tripod ladders, Japanese kitchen knives and other ‘Great Stuff from Japan’. Find unusual stocking fillers as well as practical presents with exclusive discounts, sushi and more. See the website for full details www.niwaki.com/openhouse or call 01747 445059

  • Canada

    From Canada, with love

    Edwin Meijer from Garden Connect returns from a trip to Ontario, Canada with the International Garden Centre Association to take a look at the garden history in the Niagara Falls area of the country It was my first time but definitely not the last one! Two weeks ago I came back from the International Garden Centre Association trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. With a group of over 200 people from all over the world, we enjoyed the trip through the garden industry in this part of Ontario. Since I was travelling around in a bus with a group of about…

  • PAINT®

    JCB PAINT® announce the worldwide launch of Supertough™, Supersafe™, Superversatile™ paint

    JCB PAINT® has created a paint which has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market. Invented in the UK, it has flame retardant and environmental resistant properties which along with the re-usable and recycle packaging offers testament to the company’s ethos to making the world a safer place. Company CEO Chris Honer stated: “We believe that the consumer and professional decorator has had to endure the arduous task of choosing different types of paint for their exterior requirements…

  • Aberdeen

    Plans lodged for new coffee shop and events area at Aberdeen garden centre

    An Aberdeen garden centre is hoping to bloom with plans to expand. The proposals for Ben Reid Nursery and Garden Centre in Aberdeen would see a new coffee shop and outdoor event area installed. The independent company has been running a garden centre at Countesswells Road since 1985, but has operated at the site for 250 years. The plans have been lodged so the firm can continue to compete with larger retailers. Pleydell Smithyman Ltd has put forward the proposed development on behalf of the garden centre. It is claimed the addition of a coffee shop could increase turnover by 25% and a…

  • gardena

    GARDENA unveils new route to market with sales agents

    This year sees the leading European brand for high quality garden watering and care tools, GARDENA recruit a dedicated network of sales agents to build brand presence and boost sales into garden centres. Twelve experienced and well-known agents will service garden centres in the UK. This dynamic team of agents have had many years of practical experience in the industry. Garden centres will be able to call upon these agents to provide top quality products to garden centre retailers with a speedy delivery time, as stock will be delivered straight from GARDENA’s factory in Germany. Direct deliveries will be available…

Features

customer

Easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer

May 11, 2017

Retail isn’t any easy business. It requires hard work and long hours. The work feels like it’s never done and don’t forget, the customer’s always right. Running a business has its ups and downs, but there are fun times too. It goes much smoother when there are processes and procedures in place. Learn easy ways to make your shop more appealing to the customer and watch it thrive. Stock the Right Items There’s nothing more frustrating than walking into a store and them not having the item you need. This is especially true if it’s something that’s in demand or…

Morphy

Morphy Richards: Cooking up a fresh source of margin

Apr 14, 2017

With continuing pressure on margins, enterprising retailers are always looking for potential new revenue streams. And here is one which is proving both popular and successful. It’s the food prep market – worth a healthy £190m+ at RSP – which has gone from strength to strength as cooking from scratch remains high on the agenda for foodies.  Driven by the huge wave of TV cookery programmes the category has enjoyed significant growth in the last few years with food processors, juicers and kitchen machines now being at the top of peoples’ shopping lists. Market research giant Mintel claim that 93%…

week

Terence Nicholson: Give your lawn some TLC this Gardening Week

Apr 7, 2017

It’s time to grab the tools from the shed and turn your garden into a spring haven: next week is National Gardening Week. This means people up and down the country will be spending time in their garden and giving it some TLC. This year, the focus of gardening week is about helping new gardeners. There are a number of activities and events throughout the UK and the aim is to get people outside and tending to their gardens. If your garden has been a bit neglected over the winter months, gardening week is the ideal time to spruce it…

mobile

Five top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Feb 28, 2017

Last week Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, found a video on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aag1P4OwA3s), made in 1999, in which the interviewer is asking random people on the streets if they wanted to have a mobile phone. “I don’t see the point of it”, “Imagine people would call you while you’re on the bike” and “I have a wired one at home, so why would I need a mobile one?” were the answers. A lot has changed since then, hasn’t it? Since more people are using tablets and smartphones rather than desktop computers it’s important to assure your garden centre is…

curb

Stocking items that boost a home’s curb appeal

Feb 15, 2017

Garden Centre Retail magazine hears from Chris Hopkins, commercial director of Turnbull, for his expert opinion on what to stock within a garden centre. Before guests and potential buyers have even stepped foot in a home, their impression is being shaped by a property’s curb appeal. A home’s frontage has an immediate impact on people, so curb appeal cannot be understated — but improving it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive renovations. It means making sure a home’s outdoor area is up to scratch and well maintained, so it looks picturesque and accessible to guests and passers by. Some polishing and trimming…

impulse

How to maximise impulse sales

Feb 9, 2017

Garden centre retail asks The Display Centre’s Ali Newton about the importance of visual merchandising, and why garden centres should be on the lookout for impulse barriers on their shop floor. What is an impulse buy? “When a customer buys something that isn’t on their shopping list, something they didn’t plan to buy but saw and decided to get on the spot, that’s an impulse purchase” Ali clarifies. Impulse buys can account for a significant amount of turnover within any retail outlet, Ali continues, and should be maximised wherever possible: “There are three really key tactics for making an impulse…

amazon

Edwin Meijer – four things you can learn from Amazon’s new shops

Dec 14, 2016

You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. And you can access it anywhere, anytime. So, in light of this, what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery shops they plan to open! Garden Connect gives you 4 things to learn from Amazon. Why would they do that? You might think the high…

your

Garden Connect’s Edwin Meijer asks: Do you know how your customers are making purchase decisions?

Oct 27, 2016

The answer to this might seem simple. Consumers are buying plants from you because you’re giving them good, upfront advice, you have an outstanding garden furniture showroom or your Christmas displays are the best in your area. I don’t want to argue about this but it’s a bit too simplistic. GFK did a survey among consumers and how they made their purchase decisions, what resources they used and why they bought products. This survey is a very valuable source and can help you to make better decisions in regards to your marketing. So, first of all, how does the customer journey…

futures

HTA Garden Futures Conference 2016

Oct 13, 2016

HTA’s annual Garden Futures conference this year asked: what lies ahead for the industry? With a wide range of guest speakers and a panel discussion towards the end of the day, the conference focused on the need for change and adaptation in order for the industry to survive in the face of challenges such as climate change, technological advancements and Brexit. The day opened with head of innovation at Future Foundation Joshua McBain, who took a concentrated look on what we know about Brexit so far, and forecast what its long and short term implications may be for the industry,…

Hage

Garden Centre Retail attends the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview event

Oct 5, 2016

At the Van Hage Exclusive Christmas Preview evening on 29th September, Garden Centre Retail’s Ash O’Mahony spoke to marketing manager Lynsey Martinez about the importance of events for garden centres. With visitors enjoying a variety of Christmas themed displays and Christmas trees as well as free food and wine tasting, a grand raffle, shopping discounts and even the chance to meet a reindeer, Lynsey explains why events are a top priority for Van Hage in the coming year.   How did the event go? It went really well, we had a lovely atmosphere, great feedback on the Christmas Shop and…

News

Niwaki

Niwaki Christmas Open House: 24th & 25th November

Niwaki are holding their Christmas Open House on the 24th and 25th of November at their showroom in Semley. This is a great opportunity to meet the team and see the full range of fine pruning tools, tripod ladders, Japanese kitchen knives and other ‘Great Stuff from Japan’. Find unusual stocking fillers as well as practical presents with exclusive discounts, sushi and more. See the website for full details www.niwaki.com/openhouse or call 01747 445059

PAINT®

JCB PAINT® announce the worldwide launch of Supertough™, Supersafe™, Superversatile™ paint

JCB PAINT® has created a paint which has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market. Invented in the UK, it has flame retardant and environmental resistant properties which along with the re-usable and recycle packaging offers testament to the company’s ethos to making the world a safer place. Company CEO Chris Honer stated: “We believe that the consumer and professional decorator has had to endure the arduous task of choosing different types of paint for their exterior requirements…

Aberdeen

Plans lodged for new coffee shop and events area at Aberdeen garden centre

An Aberdeen garden centre is hoping to bloom with plans to expand. The proposals for Ben Reid Nursery and Garden Centre in Aberdeen would see a new coffee shop and outdoor event area installed. The independent company has been running a garden centre at Countesswells Road since 1985, but has operated at the site for 250 years. The plans have been lodged so the firm can continue to compete with larger retailers. Pleydell Smithyman Ltd has put forward the proposed development on behalf of the garden centre. It is claimed the addition of a coffee shop could increase turnover by 25% and a…

gardena

GARDENA unveils new route to market with sales agents

This year sees the leading European brand for high quality garden watering and care tools, GARDENA recruit a dedicated network of sales agents to build brand presence and boost sales into garden centres. Twelve experienced and well-known agents will service garden centres in the UK. This dynamic team of agents have had many years of practical experience in the industry. Garden centres will be able to call upon these agents to provide top quality products to garden centre retailers with a speedy delivery time, as stock will be delivered straight from GARDENA’s factory in Germany. Direct deliveries will be available…

Durstons

Durstons hold prices for 2018

Recent press reports indicate that the rising costs and poor harvests of Growing Media in 2017 are forcing manufacturers to hike up their prices for 2018. The reports also suggest that these higher costs are in-part due to many of these products coming from overseas. It blames increased freight costs, environmental costs, as well as wage increases of 10.4% in Ireland alone, due to the minimum wage rises being implemented, and so it goes on……. It doesn’t help either, that by shopping abroad, UK companies are forced to trade in euros. So what is the answer we ask ourselves? Well,…

September

BRC Report: September – leaves aren’t the only things falling

Footfall in September decreased by 1.2% year-on-year, the same decrease as in August, in line with the 3-month rolling average of -1.2% and below the 12-month rolling average of -0.4%. High Street footfall declined by 2.2% in September, a smaller decline than August’s 2.6%. Shopping Centres showed a further decline of 1.0%, a slightly bigger decrease than in August which registered a decrease of 0.8%. Retail Parks still saw positive growth, but reduced to 1.1% from 1.6% in August, a 0.5 percentage point reduction. The East was the only region to see increased growth in September, of 1.9%, and the…

registration

Registration live for January Furniture Show

Registration is now live for the 4 day, 2018 January Furniture Show.  The show runs from Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 January.  Visitors can register for their free attendance on the show’s new website at www.januaryfurnitureshow.com A more defined product focus in each of the 5 halls will make navigation around the event easier for visitors in 2018 – ranging from Premium Design in Halls 1 and 2, Interior Accessories in Hall 3, Living & Dining in Hall 4 and Living & Beds in Hall 5.  Hall 2 will also house an extended Flooring Showcase in partnership with SMG Group, and the…

AgriTech

Nursery invests in growth after receiving AgriTech grant

A Suffolk nursery is investing in growing its own business with the help of a grant from The Eastern AgriTech Growth Initiative. Howard Nurseries is a wholesale supplier of plants to garden centres, garden designers and local authorities in the UK and abroad, counting Sandringham Flower Show among its clients and achieving a gold award at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show. It produces more than two million plants a year in over 1,500 different varieties from its 170-acre site at Wortham. The next stage in the company’s expansion will see it take plant label printing in-house, enabling the nursery to…

perrywood

Perrywood garden centre brings houseplants to Essex classrooms

From Peace Lilies to Succulents and everything in between, it’s well known that houseplants can be hugely beneficial to our health. As part of its Green Up Your Gaff campaign, award winning Perrywood Garden Centre is hoping to boost concentration, improve air quality and reduce stress levels by visiting local schools in the area and providing them with free houseplants. Perrywood is cultivating calmness in the classroom by giving pupils the opportunity to meet their expert houseplant team and learn about how to look after their houseplants. Throughout October, Perrywood is visiting 10 local primary schools, where children will be…

inflation

Big hit on retailers as new inflation figures are announced this week

Inflation figures announced, Tuesday this week are likely to show that the Government’s decision to delay the switching of business rates indexation from the RPI to CPI measure of inflation until 2020 could have costly implications for retail businesses, already heavily suffering from business rate rises in 2017, according to Colliers International, the global real estate agency and consultancy. Business rates for April 2018/April 2019 are currently linked to the rate of inflation six months earlier. The September 2017 RPI inflation figures to be announced this week are likely to show inflation running at 4%, or higher, which will mean…

expert

TV and radio 4 gardening expert to launch gardening school at Bradford Garden Centre

An award winning Bradford Garden Centre has announced a collaboration with TV and radio gardening expert and award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer, Matthew Wilson. Tong Garden Centre is the first centre in the North of England to host Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time regular panellist Matthew Wilson’s Gardening School and has announced the dates of the first two workshops. Wilson, the former curator of RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate and respected writer, broadcaster and lecturer, will mix practical with theory in the half day courses that will launch next spring. During the first workshop, Planning Perfect Planting, which…

scissors

Wilkinson Sword reveal new range of scissors

A new range of scissors from a company with over 100 years of cutting excellence is hitting the shelves this autumn. Each scissor has been honed and developed for modern needs to provide excellent cutting solutions around the home and garden. With specific focus being placed on kitchen and cooking activities where a good pair of quality scissors can considerably cut prep time – just consider the time taken to cut herbs with a knife versus scissors, for example? Wilkinson Sword has created its new collection that consists of eight scissors offering a variety of cutting options, ensuring that every…

website

Wildlife website redesigned with customers in mind

Wildlife expert Simon King OBE has launched a new website www.simonkingwildlife.com that makes viewing and purchasing his wildlife product range quick and easy. The website has been designed to educate customers on the types of wildlife and what they need, offering guidance on which products are suited to different species. Simon King’s award-winning products include the Simon King Ultimate Wildlife Hide and the Conservation Bat Box as well as the new range of premium bird food and optics/binoculars. The redesigned website has dedicated sections for seasonal offers and includes profiles on each of the different types of wildlife the products…

IGCA

GCA Trust’s delegates report back from the IGCA Congress

The two young delegates sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the 58th International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress near Niagara Falls in Canada have reported back this month (October, 2017). Zoe Willis from Perrywood Garden Centre and Liz Dowling from Millbrook Garden Company were both selected by the GCA Trust for the Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme. Zoe explained: “The week had a packed-full itinerary including many visits to Canadian garden centres, a visit to Toronto botanical gardens and a night hosted by Sheridan nurseries, a harbour tour overlooking the Toronto skyline, various trips to Niagara…

week

Royal Horticultural Society to change date of National Gardening Week in 2018

Next year’s National Gardening Week (30 April – 6 May 2018) will focus on encouraging people to share their passion for plants The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is moving National Gardening Week, the UK’s celebration of all things gardening, to run from 30 April to 6 May in 2018. The gardening charity introduced the UK’s first National Gardening Week to run from 16–22 April in 2012.  The move to later in the year for 2018 is being made as the likelihood of better weather and more colour, with spring plants in bloom, will encourage more people to join in and mark…

Oakhurst

Oakhurst Garden Centre reopens

A Cockermouth garden centre is open once more, a month after the death of owner John Hughes. At the helm are John’s partner, Susan Southworth, who used to work alongside him in Oakhurst Garden Centre, and his daughter, Nanette Doldsworth. “We opened this week as normal and stock all the usual lines including hazelnuts for the squirrels. Lots of people have been in and are so happy to see the place open again,” said Nanette: “We wanted to honour my dad’s empire – and keep the squirrels happy!” Mr Hughes, 72, who set up the garden centre nearly 40 years ago, died…

relations

Public relations discounts available for garden centres

The UK’s leading gardening public relations agency has partnered with The Horticultural Trades Association (The HTA) to offer public relations and social media services for considerably discounted rates. The “From Acorn to Oak” scheme grants HTA members the chance to utilise Paskett PR’s vast experience in both the gardening and retail sectors. The partnership is part of the The HTA’s Preferred Partner Scheme and has two packages for members to choose from. The Oak package, at £350 per month, grants HTA members 10 press releases and two promotions per year. The second package is the Acorn, for £200 per month,…

EGO

EGO Power+ – Blowing petrol power out of the garden

The technology within EGO’s products place the blowers among the most powerful models on the market.  EGO blowers are the first battery powered models to deliver petrol matching power – without all the downsides! EGO’s industry leading Arc-Lithium 56volt battery technology delivers a new level of performance that surpasses all others and give today’s switched-on gardeners a smarter way to power through tidying the garden, whilst freeing users from musculoskeletal and hearing problems caused by exposure to vibrations and petrol fumes. Designed like no other, the LB5750E blower features jet turbine technology so leaves won’t stand a chance! It features…

elearning

New Xylella elearning module available from HTA

The HTA has launched an elearning module on Xylella fastidiosa providing plantarea and garden retail staff with the latest information about this plant disease that presents a huge threat to the industry. The module, which is available to all free of charge, is one of the actions to come from the emergency Xylella meeting held at the HTA offices at which garden retailers requested a resource which could be easily shared amongst staff in order to raise awareness about the plant disease. The 8-minute-long module can be accessed here: www.hta.org.uk/xylella Whilst aimed at plant area and garden retail staff the…

tesselaar

Tesselaar: So, which new plants really stand out?

Amongst the many new plant novelties we see on the circuit, often some of them are not that great, just new, and some can be almost identical to what is currently on the market. Consumer-Lead If we are to expand the plant and garden market, we must be quite selective when introducing new products and understanding that ultimately its the consumer that keeps us in business. We would not produce a new car that is poor on fuel consumption, only has a reverse gear, and runs on square tyres.  Just how many plants have been introduced as novelties without full…

AQUA

Excitement builds as AQUA 2017 gets set to open

Final preparations are being made as the AQUA 2017 trade exhibition gets set to open its doors at Telford International Centre at 9.00am on Wednesday, October 18. With a record numbers of exhibitors and the biggest ever showcase of new products, there will be lots to keep visitors busy during this eagerly awaited aquatics and water gardening trade event. The excitement has been building for months with over 100 companies planning their new launches around AQUA 2017. Now the wait is almost over for both exhibitors and visitors, and the two-day show can soon begin, and with so many exciting plans,…

concession

Twice the Glee: Show to open concession show at Spring Fair 2018

Glee, the UK’s leading annual exhibition for the garden retail industry, will become a biannual event with the opening of a Glee concession show at Spring Fair 2018 (February, NEC Birmingham) – complementing Glee’s main exhibition at the NEC each September. Glee at Spring Fair will give retailers the opportunity to see new and best-selling ranges ahead of the spring season. A second addition at this time of year will give retailers an additional destination to refresh their ranges for key retail spikes.  Glee in February will also provide garden buyers with the latest concepts and trends for 2018, helping…

Café

Squire’s in Shepperton unveils new Café Bar

Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton has opened a stunning new Café Bar. It has stylish new decor and there are now distinct seating areas to choose from, including the main Café Bar, a sophisticated afternoon tea area with piano, a coffee lounge with relaxing sofas, plus a special family-friendly area. There’s also a delicious new menu and a new style of service – where you order at the till then take an electronic tracker to your table, enabling customers to relax and enjoy speedy waiter service. Sarah Squire, deputy chairman at Squire’s said: “We are absolutely thrilled to open our…

essentials

KPMG Retail Sales Monitor: September sees growth of retail essentials

In September, UK retail sales increased by 1.9% on a like-for-like basis from September 2016, when they had increased 0.4% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales rose 2.3% in September, against a growth of 1.3% in September 2016. This is above the 3-month and 12-month averages of 2.1% and 1.7% respectively. Over the three months to September 2017, In-store sales of Non-Food items declined 1.5% on a Total basis and 2.0% on a Like-for-like basis. Over the three months to September, Food sales increased 2.5% on a like-for-like basis and 3.5% on a total basis. This remains…

zinnia

‘Candy coloured’ Zinnia wins RHS People’s Choice Award

A Zinnia with petals that transition from deep purple to pale pink and white has seen off competition from more than 100 other plants to be voted best new variety for 2017. Candy coloured ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ won the RHS People’s Choice Awards as red and pink floral displays dominate this year’s list. The public were invited to vote for their favourite new variety – newly bred variations of a plant – from 108 trialled at RHS Garden Wisley’s five acre trials site this year. The runners up were Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Dragon’s Breath’ and Ipomoea ‘Party Dress’. Visitors…

£5m

Garden centre in Northern Ireland set to create 100 jobs with £5m investment

A Co Antrim garden centre says it will create up to 100 new jobs as part of a £5m investment. Colemans Garden Centre in Templepatrick has unveiled plans for a £5m investment to renovate and extend its facilities over the coming months, with an official opening in autumn. Phase one renovations of the garden centre, set up in 1965, will feature an 18,000 sq ft building consisting of a garden centre and restaurant. The first stage of the project will officially open later in the year, following the demolition of the current shop. And the new restaurant and shop will be a licensed 200-seat establishment, which…

shops

Shops lose £800m a year due to shoplifting

• The Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of shoplifting offences at an astounding 47,580 • West Midlands Police had the second highest number of shoplifting incidences at 19,741 • City of London Police had the lowest number of shoplifting offences with 729 cases reported • Britain’s shops suffer a loss of £800 million per year due to shoplifting Shoplifting is one of the most common crimes committed by opportunist thieves. It’s a crime that can be very profitable for offenders but significantly costly for shops. This is signified by retail security firm Checkpoints Systems finding that Britain’s shops collectively lose £800m per year…

price

BRC: Brexit uncertainty fuels workforce shortages with consumers paying the price

Without swift action to provide certainty for people from EU working in the UK and a new immigration system fit for the future, consumers could pay the price, according to a new report The People Roadmap published today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). 170,000 people from the EU work directly in retail, which accounts for 6% of the industry’s UK workforce. In some regions of the country and different parts of the industry this is much higher – over a quarter in warehousing and distribution, for example. The latest report in the BRC’s A Fair Brexit for Consumers series, illustrates how the lack…

berried

HTA: In search of berried treasure

Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that last well into winter, which is why they have been chosen as the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Moment for October. From elderberries to rose hips, crab apples to firethorns, the addition of “berrying” plants adds a new dimension to any garden, with plants carrying fruits and berries through autumn and into winter. Berry-producing plants also provide home grown food for hungry birds and wildlife too, enhancing their appeal and value to the garden. Evergreen shrubs provide structure and form to the garden throughout…

Chedburgh

Herb supplier in Chedburgh opens new plant and garden centre

A herb supplier in Chedburgh has opened a new garden centre at its site and says early days are proving very successful. Andrew Frewer runs the family wholesale business English Country Herbs at Bury Road, Chedburgh and decided to make use of a large empty glasshouse to grow plants to retail direct to the public. Some 80,000 plants were grown from seed to produce a flourishing crop of autumnal and winter plants and so the Chedburgh Plant Centre was born. Andrew, 63, has been growing herbs for 32 years and continues to supply restaurants and hotels with herbs packed at…

coolings

Coolings Nurseries expands to Kent site

Coolings Nurseries, known for their plant retailing in Sevenoaks, have recently agreed to purchase the well-respected retail business known as The Potted Garden Nursery, which is located very close to Leeds Castle in Kent. Chairman Paul Cooling said: “We are over the moon to welcome the new team into the Coolings family.  The focus on plants has always been paramount at Coolings and we look forward to being part of the next chapter in the history of this new site”. Managing director, Gary Carvosso, commented: “We will work with the current team to further improve what is already a successful…

unmanned

Longacres opens news unmanned concession

Ladies fashion wear brand Klass have opened in yet another garden centre; this time within market leading group Longacres’ Bybrook Barn Ashford. The 400 sq ft unmanned concession is positioned on the main walkway adjacent to their existing own-clothing offering. “The invitation into one of the Longacres centres as their only clothing concession is a partnership that we are thrilled about and, along with all of our existing garden centre partners, we hope to grow and strengthen that relationship in the future” commented David Cohen, Klass retail operations director In the last 5 years, Klass has established itself as the…

Boyd

Boyd Douglas-Davies awarded the HTA Pearson Medal

Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres, was awarded the HTA Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures dinner, which took place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on 4 October. This award, in memory of the HTA’s first general secretary Charles Pearson, is presented annually to an individual for outstanding service to the garden industry. With over 30 years of experience in the UK retail industry, specialising in garden and shopping centre operations, Boyd is always eager to develop new sales channels and revenue streams. Having started his career working at his father’s garden centre as a schoolboy he…

Selby

Sale of Selby Garden Centre

Alexander Mackie Associates Ltd. are delighted to announce the private and confidential sale of Selby Garden Centre located at Hull Road, Osgodby, Selby, North Yorkshire on behalf of their clients Mr. & Mrs. Ward to Mr. Noble of Victoria Farm Garden Centre & Café located at Guisborough Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire. Selby Garden Centre is a family run circa 5.25 acre (2.12 hectare) garden centre, originally purchased by Mr. & Mrs. Ward in 2000, it has been sold to facilitate Mr. & Mrs. Ward’s retirement. Victoria Farm Garden Centre & Café is another family run business, originally opened in 2003…

nationals

BRC: Some welcome reassurance for EU nationals amidst PM’s speech

Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference today, Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the BRC said: “In what turned out to be the most dramatic speech of the party conferences this year, there was a welcome signal of reassurance from the Prime Minister to the thousands of EU nationals that currently live and work in the UK. “The impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on our EU colleagues has been hugely underestimated. They play a crucially important role in the operations of the industry; from head office to stores, and they deserve this…

festive

Weber launches festive season campaign

The barbecue experts at Weber® have developed a winter product line-up to provide additional sales and revenue opportunities for retailers.  The range of Weber barbecues, accessories and tools ensures that there is a suitable gift for everyone, from a barbecue beginner to a master griller. From October 2017, Weber has committed to significant investment to help drive sales and inspire people to continue to grill throughout the winter. A heavily supported marketing campaign to drive purchase as a gift will run in the lead up to the festive period and include consumer advertising, in-store point of sale and editorial-led press…