Now is the time to submit planning applications

Pleydell Smithyman are specialist Garden Centre Design and Business Consultants working across the UK and further afield, helping clients get the best from their businesses. Read more

Stunning view of Perrywood GC

Cost-effective, garden sector business and marketing support

Jane Lawler has many years of experience in the garden sector and since 2013 she has worked with suppliers and retailers to support their businesses on a consultancy or interim basis. Read more

Branding projects

Laylocks – Case Study

Laylocks was created as a plant nursery back in 1973 and by Martin Warr who has since been joined by his daughter, Hannah, who has become heavily involved in the business. The father-daughter combo share ambitious plans for the site and they set about creating a new building next to their existing Venlo structure to provide additional retail space. Read more

MSC offers guidance to garden centres regarding reducing rates liabilities

With the Government having announced a postponement to the planned 2021 Revaluation yesterday, Rating specialists working with Malcolm Scott Consultants have provided valuable guidance for garden centres regarding their Rateable Values. Read more

Smiemans is building once again a garden centre for Billig Blomst in Denmark

Developer Stender has commissioned Smiemans Projecten to completely renovate the recently purchased garden centre for Billig Blomst. Read more

Extension works complete at Laylocks in Worcester

Construction work has completed ahead of schedule on a 470sqm extension at Laylocks Garden Centre near Worcester, despite the terrible weather. Read more

Hannah and Martin Warr with the new extension

Malcolm Scott Consultants adds to the services it offers

Malcolm Scott Consultants has expanded its specialist services for garden centre clients to encompass a whole range of business development, retail and visitor attraction advice to add to its extensive planning and design operations. Read more

Andrew Burton

Business is blooming for Ansell Garden Centre in their new building

A case study: In November 2016 Newspan shared the industry’s shock to see Ansell Garden Centre appearing in the headlines for being destroyed by a devastating fire and where it is today. Read more

Van Hage commissioned Smiemans to completely renovate Great Amwell

The 30 year old garden centre at Great Amwell in Ware will be completely renovated by Smiemans Projecten. More than 3,000m2 of the flagship store for Van Hage will get a new roof and air vents. Read more

Time-saving online Grotto ticket sales via Garden Connect

We're in the middle of Spring, but successful garden centres plan ahead and are already thinking about Christmas. Are you still handling your Grotto tickets manually? Stop wasting your time & money and start selling your Grotto tickets online! Read more

How are you going to sell your Grotto tickets in 2019?

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.

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

Quinton Edwards - leading firm of Chartered Surveyors offering expert advice

Quintons Edwards Surveyors offers expert advice to the Horticultural, Garden Centre and Farm Shop Industries. Offering a full range of property services to garden centre and horticultural property and businesses owners including farm shops and landscape businesses, banks and financial institutions. Read more

Simon Quinton Smith

It's time to Review - Re-plan - Rebuild your business

As we start to emerge from the most uncertain trading period in the history of garden centre retailing the time is right to take a long, hard look to future-proof one’s business. Read more

38 years garden retail experience

Ecommerce expert looking for partnership

Are you struggling to get online? Or do you perhaps have a website but cannot get any sales? You realise its going to cost 60-80k to get up and running and your business cannot afford to take that risk? Read more

MSC provides guidance as restaurants work toward July 4 reopening date

With garden centres in Wales and England now having been given the green light to re-open, and with the Government’s Coronavirus response roadmap suggesting that restaurants and cafés may be able to open in some format from as early as July 4th, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel for owners. Read more

Andrew Burton

MSC offers guidance as garden centres prepare for the new normal

With garden centres across the UK having been closed for weeks, affecting revenue significantly, owners have been working with sector specialists Malcolm Scott Consultants to plan for the ‘new normal’ in the hope that they can reopen in the coming weeks. Read more

Andrew Burton

Business Rates - Garden Centres - Reliefs & Exemption

It has this evening been confirmed by the Minister for Housing, Communities & Local Government that Rates relief at 100% for the retail and leisure sectors will be applied to all Garden Centres. Read more

Successful garden centre The Pavilion in Cork expands with ± 1,500m2

This spring, Smiemans Projecten is going to build a new modernized glass construction on the site of the old greenhouse of "The Pavilion Garden Centre". Read more

Davidson Richards and Garden Connect to develop Scan & Go App

Davidson Richards and Garden Connect are proud to announce the companies have agreed to a partnership to develop joint solutions. Read more

Successful Kipster commissioned Smiemans to build a second location

At the end of 2017, the most animal, human and environmentally friendly farm for laying hens in the world was opened. Since then, Kipster has won many national and international prizes. Due to the success, a new location will be built, this time in Beuningen. Smiemans Projecten, builder of innovative glass constructions, will start with the construction in the fall. Read more


Garden Connect launches new webshop Provender Nurseries

Garden Connect has renewed the webshop of wholesaler Provender  Nurseries. Provender has an 18-acre site in Kent and is working solely for wholesale customers. Garden Connect has built a new webshop for trade customers to place orders. The new webshop is integrated with the TopSys-IT ERP system. Read more

Garden Connect renews webshop at Frosts Garden Centres

Garden Connect has launched the new webshop of Frosts Garden Centres, prior to the start of the 2019 Spring Season. The webshop is fully integrated with the OpSuite EPoS provided by DavRich. 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

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

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