PR – a necessity or nice to have?

Why not give us a call to find out more. No obligation. But give PR a chance. Your business’ reputation deserves it. Read more

Marc Rosenberg, Cassie King, Kimberley Hornby and Robbie Cummings.

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


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

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

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

Meet the team at Malcolm Scott

Meet the team at Malcolm Scotts, Chartered Planning and Development Consultants, who can help on all aspects of planning negotiations and applications. Read more

L-R: Faisal Ishaq, Chris Primett, Malcolm Scott, Tracy Hubbard, Fiona Wiggins, Alex Ginés Heiwegen

Sales & Marketing consultancy

Having spent the last 20 years working for Stewart, Nigel Thompson has launched his own Sales & Marketing consultancy, Nigel Thompson & Associates Limited. Read more

Black Friday in the Garden centre: Does it work?

Friday, November 23rd is Black Friday: a tradition that has drifted over from the United States, when people head out en masse after Thanksgiving to bargain-hunt. This presents opportunities, but how can you take advantage of these as a garden centre?
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£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

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 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

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.

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

Nick Cash Agencies

A whole new approach to selling to Garden Centres. NCA work on a consultative approach not just pushing the company who you work for. Read more


Mediation is an effective tool for tackling a wide range of property and commercial
issues. It involves a neutral third party, assisting the conflicting parties to reach a
conclusion to their dispute themselves. Read more

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