Service pushes Woodlodge sales over £20m

Woodlodge turnover has grown from £11.5m to over £20m in the 4 years since Michael Wooldridge took control of the business. Plus, last January, the company won the coveted cup for GCA Supplier of the Year.  Gardenforum paid him a visit. Read more

Michael Wooldridge

Garden industry mourns Paul Dye

Paul Dye, operations manager at Grovewell Garden Centre since 2014, has died at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer. Read more

Paul Dye

Burgon & Ball is sold to Canadian Group (Updated)

Burgon & Ball has acquired by Venanpri Tools, the owner of the Bellota and Corona brands.  Heather Culpan will continue to be involved in the business in a role yet to be determined.

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Heather Culpan

Surge of bookings for the GCA conference

The GCA urges those who haven’t booked to act quickly as rooms for the annual GCA conference (21st - 24th Jan) are running out. This is the main networking event for top garden centres and suppliers, with top speakers from business, sport and entertainment. Read more

Matt Dawson

Tildenet acquires Fleximas

Tildenet has acquired the specialist textiles and netting supplier, Fleximas, based in Burton-on-Trent. Read more

Christmas trading patterns have changed

Christmas buying is getting earlier and overall sales have dropped in many centres, not helped by snow on the peak live tree weekend, closing some centres. Despite this, overall garden centre sales are up for 2017. Read more

Snow affected Christmas Tree sales

Battery power drives Stihl’s sponsorship of Hillier at Chelsea

Stihl’s sponsorship of Hillier’s Chelsea exhibit underlines their drive to involve garden centres with the new era cordless garden tools, which will shortly be on sale at Hillier’s garden centres. Read more

Directors leave as Wyevale cuts head office numbers

Two directors are leaving Wyevale as the garden centre group acknowledges challenging trading conditions and reduces head office numbers. Read more

Steve Masters and Lisa Cherry

Dobbies reshuffles Head Office

Dobbies has reshuffled its head office team as Andrew West and Lorrie Robertson leave for personal reasons. Nicholas Marshall remains as chief executive and Andrew Bracey as chairman. Read more

Andrew Bracey, Nicholas Marshall and Graeme Jenkins

Glendale buys Evesham nursery from Chamberlains

Glendale makes it 13 with the purchase of Harvington nursery in Evesham from Chamberlains on 2nd of January. Read more

Glendale's Badsey Nursery

Wyevale Ashford to close this weekend

Wyevale’s Ashford garden centre in Kent is to close its doors on Sunday to make way for a new junction 10a on the M20. Read more

Suppliers say rising costs will have to be passed on

Latest figures from The GIMA Barometer of Trade (BoT) show that raw material costs have risen by 12%. These costs, says GIMA, will have to be passed down the supply chain. Read more

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