Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair moves to February

The UK’s favourite trade show for the festive and gifts sector has announced a new date for 2021. Read more

Creative Gardens launches new loyalty app

Creative Gardens, based in Northern-Ireland, launched its’ first loyalty app this week. The app, developed by Garden Connect, allows Club Cardholders to access their coupons and receipts instantly and will enhance the shopping experience. Read more

Garden Connect helps you to sell more plants

Garden centres and nurseries (both retail and wholesale) are always searching for the best way to sell plants. Garden Connect is exhibiting at the HTA National Plant Show to help wholesale nurseries and garden retailers to sell more plants. Read more

Yep. Still do them!

Green Magic looks forward to welcoming back old customers and the company has many new lines, as well as all the old favourites. Read more

Adjustable POS stands for laminated signs

Using search engine optimisation to promote your event

Imagine you’re bored on a rainy Sunday morning, wondering what to do with the kids today. How big are the chances you’ll Google for something like “Things to do Bristol”? Well, you may not search literally for this, but many people are using Google to find something to do “today”. And that opens opportunities to drive traffic to your events via SEO.

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Six ways to sell out your event!

So, you’re organising events in your garden centre, that’s great! But how do you make sure your events will be sold out long before it’s scheduled? Garden Connect has been helping garden centres to sell tickets online for many years – and has also recently launched a new and innovative ticketing service for garden centres. Read more

Social media for the garden industry

There is a myriad of social media platforms these days which can be confusing and overwhelming to those not familiar with it. The garden industry can be conservative with the majority of garden retailers having always sold, promoted and interacted through bricks and mortar. The rise of social media as a PR and marketing tool cannot be ignored. Your customers are using social media and as a business so should you. Read more

5 top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, gives you 5 top tips to help your garden centre survive in the mobile world. Read more

5 tips to get the most out of your loyalty card!

The loyalty card is dead - hail to the loyalty card! The old fashioned plastic card is making a come back and offers garden centre a wide range of opportunities. Here are 5 tips from Garden Connect to get the most out of your loyalty card. Read more

Be aware: the ROBO customer is coming your way!

Behaviour of customers is changing these years more than it ever had: since thousands of years people gathered together in city centres to trade and purchase products – or more recently they visited a garden centre to purchase products. The internet is changing this but luckily the ROBO customer is coming to you soon – if you have a proper website in place. Read more

National Plant Show busier than ever

More people attended the first day of the HTA National Plant Show than on both days last year. We bring you chat from the aisles and some interesting innovations. Read more

Easily control safe shopper numbers with NEMS 

With the requirement for retailers to ensure to ensure safe occupancy levels, how are you managing safe shopper numbers and maximising entry admission?  Read more

Plant Finder team says garden centres are selling more online in CORVID-19 crisis

Garden centres are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of CORVID-19 (March 2020). Read more

Plant Finder website plugin - Joy of Plants

Garden Connect launches official IGCA 2019 app

The 2019 IGCA Congress takes place in Windsor, UK and is the first IGCA Congress to have an app. Garden Connect teamed up with the British Garden Centre Association to develop an app to replace the congress-book delegates usually receive. 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

Content marketing: the next big thing in online marketing

The next big thing in online marketing is content marketing. Sharing knowledge and information helps to get more followers on social media, gain better Google rankings and ultimately attracts new customers to garden centres. Read more

We use content marketing on www.gardenconnect.com to attract attention from garden centres.

Three ways to use social media to promote your event

Running an event is a challenge on its own, but nowadays, you have to use social media to promote your event. But what best practices are there to squeeze the most out of your social media presence and to get people from the web to your event? We’re happy to share three ways to promote your events via social media.

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Futureproof year-round sales with Fordingbridge

Snow, rain, wind and sun – there is one thing that is predictable in the UK and that is the unpredictability of our weather. Fordingbridge offers a wide range of canopies and walkways that make it is possible to weatherproof outdoor areas.  Read more

Bybrook Barn - Fordingbridge Hybrid canopy

Awareness campaign highlights deadly legionella hotspots

A Legionella Awareness Day campaign has uncovered that over 1300 cases of legionella have been reported in the UK since 2014, listing Greater London, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire as three of the areas most affected. Read more

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4 things you can learn from Amazon's new stores

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. 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

Barking for a landscaper or gardening services

Bark.com, the online service to find local services, has announced its launch into the gardening sector.  Gardenforum tried it and raised 3 credible leads in the first hour. Read more

GIMA Buying Group gets the go-ahead

The new GIMA Buying Group, mooted at their recent conference, is to go ahead with the aim of supplying a one-stop shop for members. Read more

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