Smiemans Projecten builds garden centre restaurants

Smiemans Projecten builds restaurant for garden centre Hansaplant in Estonia and a new garden centre for Hobbyland in Denmark. Read more


Appetite Me expand their service offering

Rural Food Consultants, Appetite Me, add a new bow to their arrow by offering bespoke rebrand packages to meet clients needs. Read more

Garden Connect introduces free live chat support

Online marketing can be a bit complex, especially when your passion is with plants and not with computers. To help users to get the most out of their website and webshop, Garden Connect introduces free live chat support to all its users. Read more

MSC-designed botanical restaurant is launched

Malcolm Scott Consultants gained permission for the 176-cover facility and other site developments and had a number of specific considerations to overcome in preparing the concept designs. Read more

Hat-trick of client wins for Hornby Whitefoot PR

It’s been a busy start to the year for the team at Hornby Whitefoot PR as three new clients join the company’s client roster. Read more

Creating a whole new category

Of the services I provide, new product development is amongst the most frequently requested. I've developed a road map process to take client ideas from the drawing board all the way to garden retail shelves. Read more

Jane Lawler

Greenfingers Charity’s new website launched!

The garden industry's charity, Greenfingers, has launched its new website. To be able to generate more support, earlier this year it appointed Garden Connect to renew the website and define a new online presence to help build the Greenfingers Charity brand. Read more

Selling more plants starts with Google

Do you want to sell more plants? Do you wonder how you can reach your target audience in a more efficient and affordable way? Or are you interested in learning how Google can help you to attract new customers to your garden centre? Visit Garden Connect at the HTA Plant Show to learn everything about Google and how it can help you to sell more plants online! Read more

Do you know how customers are making purchase decisions?

Do you know how customers are making purchase decisions? A look at the customer journey of garden consumers. Read more

Harris Lamb and Malcolm Scott Consultants look to reduce garden centre business rates as the draft 2017 Rating List is set for release

Malcolm Scott Consultants, in conjunction with parent company Harris Lamb, is working with a number of UK garden centres to protect them from unfair business rates charges and ensure they are well equipped to appeal against them as the 2017 Rating list is announced. Read more

HR specialist gains first major retail client

Gemma Murphy, the founder of Ringwood based View HR, has been appointed by Stewarts Garden Centres to consult and support the business as it prepares to expand in Southern England. Read more

Gemma Murphy and Terry Head.

Marketing Trends for 2016

With 2016 well and truly here, we thought we’d take a look at the marketing trends to watch out for this year so that you and your business are always one step ahead of the game. Read more

Launch of new horticultural consultancy - Sharper Thinking Associates

This month, a new horticultural consultancy has been launched. Sharper Thinking Associates combines the expertise of three top professionals of the DIY, garden & leisure and horticulture sectors, offering a breadth of knowledge and support to clients across the UK and Ireland. Read more

Ex-Notcutts trio unite to make Skylark Nurseries fly

“Being a nurseryman can be a lonely occupation.” So says Paul Masters, owner of fledgling nursery Skylark, who has enlisted the help of two former Notcutts colleagues. Read more

L-R Paul Masters, Neville Stein and Andrew Staff

Two garden centres sign for new extensions at Glee

There was double success for Smiemans at Glee as two garden centres signed contracts for new buildings. Read more

Charlie Groves signs for a new Smiemans building

£2.5 million mill-inspired garden centre restaurant opens

Work on a £2.5 million Kent-mill style restaurant at a Gravesend garden centre has been completed. The two-storey high 280-seat restaurant at Millbrook Garden Centre opened last month, with Malcolm Scott Consultants having created the designs for the building and obtained detailed planning consent despite the centre being located in the Green Belt. Read more

Enhancing environments, growing revenues – Fordingbridge confirms plans for Glee 2018

Fordingbridge – the leading specialist design and build contractors of inspiring canopy, walkway and building solutions for the garden retail sector - has confirmed that it will once again be showcasing its latest designs, services and exclusive materials at Glee 2018 (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham). Read more

MSC secures planning permission for extension at Wentworth Garden Centre, Rotherham

Wentworth Garden Centre in South Yorkshire is set to expand its highly successful operation further, having been given the green light to extend its Orangery Restaurant and launch a deli food hall and second catering outlet. Read more

Garden Connect launches 4 new websites

Just before the holiday season starts, Garden Connect launches 4 new websites for its customers. As part of the ongoing improvements, three redesigns have been made and a brand new webshop has been launched as well. Read more

redheadPR confirmed as PR consultancy for Common Sense Gardening Group

redheadPR, the dynamic independent public relations consultancy, has been confirmed as the PR agency for the Common Sense Gardening Group, part of the Crop Protection Association (CPA). Industry body chooses an agency with track record in helping horticultural clients to achieve success. Read more

Charlotte Speculo – Designer

Charlotte has now set up her own company; Ki-Design, assisting Garden centres, restaurants and farm shops in design, procurement and refit.  One of Charlotte’s projects this year has been working with Leeds Council. Read more

Charlotte Speculo

Developing a corporate brand reputation

The new Bonningtons corporate brand identity and the campaign activity that supports it has helped drive tangible business growth for my clients. Read more

Ian Fisher and his co-Directors talk about the development and growth of Bonningtons.

Zest 4 Leisure sets sights high with appointment of Garlandpr

Zest 4 Leisure, the responsible producer of stylish, high quality timber garden furniture and outdoor living products, has appointed garlandpr to manage its public relations. Read more

Garden Connect boosting Greenfingers' online presence via Google Grants

Greenfingers is looking forward to another exciting year. Being found online is one of the key goals of the charity in 2017. Garden Connect will support Greenfingers to achieve this via an extensive Google AdWords campaigns under the Google Grants program. Read more

Download e-learning courses now from Learning Plus

Learning Plus is a leading e-learning supplier, with a range of over 250 courses. These include a full range of Health and Safety and compliance courses endorsed by RoSPA and AIM awards that can be taken from any internet enabled device. Read more

Tom Hall-Martell

Thermoflor and HPW Architects spread their wings to Canada for the construction of an impressive retail centre

The brothers Colin and Steve Wilson, garden-centre entrepreneurs in the Canadian town of Saskatoon, have chosen the British HPW Architects and the Dutch Thermoflor to build an impressive new garden centre for them.  Read more

Wilsons, Saskatoon

Garden Centre Consultant

I am a Senior Manager who has worked in large independent Garden Centres, the larger groups and smaller family retail nurseries. With over 35 years experience in the sector. Read more

Chris Ramsden and Lolly Lee are moving to new jobs

Chris Ramsden is leaving Suttons for Hozelock at the end of February and Lolly Lee is leaving Gardman for Petface. Read more

Chris Ramsden

After many changes in the law, did you know…?

A company can be held responsible for an employee’s behaviour on social media and travel from home to the first meeting should be paid for. GIMA members hear about many recent changes in legislation. Read more

5 things you didn’t know about e-commerce

The UK is the number 1 online shopping country of the world. Brits are spending more online than any other population in the world so there are plenty of opportunities for you to make that next step forward. In this article Garden Connect shows you 5 things you might not have known but can be very valuable for you. Read more

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