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

  • are millennials driving houseplant sales?

    Are millennials driving houseplant sales in garden centres?

    The Present Tree discusses the health benefits houseplants offer millennials, and how the emerging indoor gardening trend will progress is 2018. 2017 was the year that millennials bought more houseplants than any other age demographic, with more than 14 million posts on Instagram hash tagged plants. As fewer millennials are buying homes, the exposure to nature is often limited in tiny rented flats. The emerging houseplant trend followed numerous studies, suggesting young consumers are becoming more environmentally aware and food conscious than any other generation, with trendy terms like natural, organic and sustainable growing in popularity. Yet mocked as plant hoarders…

  • HTA Chief Executive Chris Pateman

    Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair

    The HTA has announced the appointment of Chris Pateman as the chair of the association. In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House, ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the chair will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Chris was formerly the CEO of the Federation of Communication Services (FCS), a position he held for the last 5 years. In this role Chris had the ultimate responsibility for representing FCS members’…

  • Brexit

    Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks

    Responding to the published joint report from EU and UK Brexit negotiators, William Bain, Policy Adviser – Europe and International at the BRC said: “Once endorsed by the European Council next Friday we would hope talks can move quickly on to the principles and terms around the transitional arrangements to ensure businesses have the certainty to plan and invest and that consumers don’t face higher costs or delays from tariffs or onerous customs barriers. UK consumers should continue to benefit from lasting tariff-free trade and as free a flow of goods to and from UK and the rest of Europe markets as…

  • Dobbies profits fall

    Profits wilt at Dobbies Garden Centres

    Dobbies Garden Centres suffered a fall in profits during the year to 26 February, a period which included the sale of the retail chain by its former owner Tesco. Now owned by a group of investors led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital, Dobbies posted a pre-tax profit of £8.4m in its latest financial year on revenues £151m. That compared to £14.5m on turnover of £153.7m the previous year. In accounts now filed with Companies House, Dobbies noted that the sale of the business in July 2016 included special dividends of £7.5m paid to Tesco as part of the process. The sale resulted…

  • Warner Bros

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

    Warner Bros have ordered a Lanarkshire garden centre to remove their Harry Potter-themed Christmas display. Rosebank Garden Centre, based in the Clyde Valley, were this week contacted by the film giant’s legal team regarding their wizard themed scene. The display contained a replica of the famous platform 9 3/4, a train and also their own take on the boy wizard. However, the family-run garden centre has now removed parts of the display. Owner Craig Forrest said: “I am a bit disappointed that we have had to take down the display. I thought it was a bit extreme. “We were not…

Features

accessibility

Genevieve Morris: Improving accessibility in Garden Centres

Jun 18, 2017

Modern businesses need to be accessible, both to meet consumer need and to ensure they are compliant with legal requirements. Over and above that, an accessible business is one that is able to grow its audience and boost market share by appealing to the widest possible customer base. Garden centres are not traditionally the most accessible of spaces, from often rough terrain to buildings that have multiple upper floors. However, there are some very simple ways to change this and to make adjustments that will benefit the business as a result. Why is accessibility important? Since the London Paralympics in…

amazon

Edwin Meijer: Are you ready for the Amazonification?

Jun 9, 2017

Two weeks ago I was invited to participate in an expert group discussing the future of garden retail in the Netherlands and Belgium. Among the speakers was a very famous expert and he dropped the word “Amazonification”. I always like these words since you can explain them exactly the way it fits you. But as a garden centre, you already know how Amazon is having an impact on your day to day life. With a 16% market share in the UK, 1 out of 6 online purchases are made via Amazon. Here are 4 reasons to brace for the Amazonification…

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…

News

HTA Chief Executive Chris Pateman

Chris Pateman appointed as HTA Chair

The HTA has announced the appointment of Chris Pateman as the chair of the association. In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House, ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the chair will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Chris was formerly the CEO of the Federation of Communication Services (FCS), a position he held for the last 5 years. In this role Chris had the ultimate responsibility for representing FCS members’…

Brexit

Retail industry welcomes progress on Brexit talks

Responding to the published joint report from EU and UK Brexit negotiators, William Bain, Policy Adviser – Europe and International at the BRC said: “Once endorsed by the European Council next Friday we would hope talks can move quickly on to the principles and terms around the transitional arrangements to ensure businesses have the certainty to plan and invest and that consumers don’t face higher costs or delays from tariffs or onerous customs barriers. UK consumers should continue to benefit from lasting tariff-free trade and as free a flow of goods to and from UK and the rest of Europe markets as…

Dobbies profits fall

Profits wilt at Dobbies Garden Centres

Dobbies Garden Centres suffered a fall in profits during the year to 26 February, a period which included the sale of the retail chain by its former owner Tesco. Now owned by a group of investors led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital, Dobbies posted a pre-tax profit of £8.4m in its latest financial year on revenues £151m. That compared to £14.5m on turnover of £153.7m the previous year. In accounts now filed with Companies House, Dobbies noted that the sale of the business in July 2016 included special dividends of £7.5m paid to Tesco as part of the process. The sale resulted…

Warner Bros

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

Warner Bros have ordered a Lanarkshire garden centre to remove their Harry Potter-themed Christmas display. Rosebank Garden Centre, based in the Clyde Valley, were this week contacted by the film giant’s legal team regarding their wizard themed scene. The display contained a replica of the famous platform 9 3/4, a train and also their own take on the boy wizard. However, the family-run garden centre has now removed parts of the display. Owner Craig Forrest said: “I am a bit disappointed that we have had to take down the display. I thought it was a bit extreme. “We were not…

Cardwell garden centre helps out local pupils

Cardwell Garden Centre Dig In To Help Green-Fingered Pupils

There was no beating about the bush when a Greenock primary school asked Cardwell Garden Centre for help. The bosses at the garden centre, near Gourock, immediately agreed to supply apple and plum trees, blueberry and blackberry bushes, along with compost to youngsters at King’s Oak School. The King’s Oak Parent Circle had contacted Cardwell asking for bushes and trees they could plant in their new garden project in the school playground. Staff from Cardwell visited the school to help youngsters plant the trees and bushes. Jackie Thomson, secretary of the King’s Oak Parent Circle, said: “We’re trying to make…

Dobbies is now stocking The Coconut Kitchen products

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

Wales’s Thai sauce and Curry paste brand, The Coconut Kitchen has announced that 8 of its restaurant quality products are now on the shelves at all 34 Dobbies Garden Centres in the UK. The deal facilitated through its main distribution partner Diverse Fine Food Ltd will see the following products, many of them award winning, made available to Dobbies’s Customers. ·       Easy Thai Green paste – 3 stars Great Taste Award ·       Easy Thai Red paste – 1 star Great Taste Award ·       Easy Thai Yellow paste -1 star Great Taste Award ·       Pad Thai Sauce ·       Pad Thai Meal…

Santa's grotto is being rebuilt after fire

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

Father Christmas is having a new home built following a blaze at his grotto at Notcutts garden centre in Woodbridge. The company has confirmed that all ‘Santa experiences’, where children can meet him face-to-face over breakfast or tea, will go ahead as planned following the fire on Sunday afternoon. Notcutts chiefs said his grotto would be closed until further notice, although staff were working hard to rebuild it. Firefighters were called to the scene in Ipswich Road at around 3.30pm on Sunday, December 3. Flames and smoke were seen billowing from a marquee where Santa’s grotto was located. A spokeswoman…

council run garden centre faces axe

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

A council-run garden centre looks set to close as part of a further package of cuts totalling £2.7million. Local Hartlepool Newspaper, The Mail, reported in September how the Inspirations Garden Centre, in Tanfield Road, Hartlepool, was under review by Hartlepool Borough Council in the light of ongoing financial pressures. Members of the council’s Finance and Policy Committee supported its closure to pave the way for the site to be redeveloped. A council spokesman said: “It is proposed that Inspirations is closed as despite officers’ best efforts to address the financial performance of this facility it continues to operate at a…

Fire engulfs Santa's grotto

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

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that took hold of a marquee used as Santa’s grotto at a Suffolk garden centre today. Crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service used two jets to douse the flames during the incident at Notcutts in Ipswich Road, Woodbridge around 3.30pm. Video footage taken by a member of the public at the scene shows smoke billowing into the sky and three people dressed as Father Christmas and elves in the area. Two fire engines – one from Ipswich East and one from Woodbridge – were sent to the scene. Paramedics were also in attendance. A spokesman…

garden centre worker jailed

Garden centre worker jailed for fraud

An assistant manager at a garden centre has been jailed for fraud after deceiving innocent members of the public into buying stolen garden machinery during a seven-year scam. Philip Smith, 38, of New Road, Chilworth, was working at the Cranleigh Garden Machinery store at Notcutts Garden Centre where he had sole responsibility for stock control. Police say that over a seven year period Smith ordered numerous lawnmowers on the company accounts and then deliberately altered the amounts in company records to make it look like only a number of them had actually been delivered. He would then steal the mowers…

Wyevale had a royal opening

Wyevale Garden Centre in Andover hosts ‘royal’ opening

There was a right royal opening for a Wyevale garden centre in Andover’s Christmas festivities last weekend. Carnival prince and princess, Frazer Foley and Chloe Winterbone, along with their attendants, joined Santa to cut the ribbon to officially open his grotto at Wyevale Garden Centre on Saturday, 18 November. The royal procession, including attendants Sophie Thomas and Lily Yates, and Father Christmas travelled to the Salisbury Road centre by horse and carriage before parading through the plant area to the grotto. Carnival ambassador, Iris Andersen, also attended the festive event with the royal party, she said: “It was a magical…

Webbs was ramraided

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

A popular Worcestershire Christmas attraction was targeted by a gang of ram raiding thugs. Webbs Garden Centre in Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, was struck by at least four offenders who used a stolen vehicle to force their way into the site to gain access to a cash machine. But the machine was empty. The stolen Hilux vehicle from the Tewkesbury area was left at the scene. The crime took place at about 11.30pm on Tuesday, November 28. The garden centre’s main doors have been replaced with temporary doors and visitors were being asked to use an alternative door this morning. source