B&Q sales slip in second quarter

Lower sales of outdoor and seasonal products pulled B&Q down in the second quarter against strong comparisons last year. However the year-to-date figures are up. See more... Read more

New name... new profile for Wyevale, starting with Xmas

In the centre of London’s Soho, on the hottest day of the year, the newly named Wyevale launched its Christmas displays to the consumer press and discovered many had no idea that garden centres did Christmas. See more… Read more

Whites Stores seeks garden furniture concessions

White Stores is looking for a move into garden centres and will pay up to £100,000 a year for an outdoor living concession. See more… Read more

Sinclair chairman steps down with immediate effect

Sinclair chairman, Hugh Etheridge, is stepping down as chairman with immediate effect. His seat is taken by non-exec director and investor, Rupert King. See more… Read more

Margins up at The Garden Centre Group

2013 results from The Garden Centre Group show a big increase in gross margin while like-for-like sales were static. One of the core strategies is to drive consolidation via acquisition. For key figures and analysis, see more... Read more

Patience pays off for Dobbies

A joint-venture between Tesco and Dobbies, the first in Scotland, has finally got the go-ahead from planners at East Kilbride. See more… Read more

Otter buys Styles Garden Centre

Quinton Edwards has announced the sale of Styles Garden Centre to Otter Nurseries. See more... Read more

Dog Rocks exits Solus and goes direct

Dog Rocks joins the list of suppliers delivering direct to garden centres following the appointment of administrators at Solus Garden & Leisure. See more… Read more

Mr Fothergill's adds GroBox to its growing online portfolio

Mr Fothergill's has acquired the intellectual property and trading assets of GroBox Ltd. See more... Read more

Management changes at QD stores

Former Morrisons operations controller, David Haycox, joins QD Stores in a series of management changes as the group adopts an omni channel approach to retailing. See more… Read more

Planners block plans for a new Notcutts in Maidstone

Plans for a new out-of-town shopping centre at Newnham Court in Maidstone that would have included a new garden centre for Notcutts have been rejected. But other plans go ahead. See more… Read more

TGCG unveils new concept restaurant at Brighton

The Garden Centre Group has opened a new concept restaurant at the Brighton garden centre. See more… Read more

Solus to close Edinburgh depot as any sale is still some way off

PwC, the administrators of Solus Garden & Leisure have announced the closure of the Edinburgh Regional Distribution Centre, but says trading holds up well. See more... Read more

B&Q will pause investment if Scotland votes 'Yes'

B&Q’s Sir Ian Cheshire stepped into the debate about Scottish independence, with several publications reporting his warning that investment would be put on pause if Scotland voted in favour of independence. See more... Read more

B&Q sold 326,000 fence panels this spring

Kingfisher has released trading figures showing 10.5% growth on last year. Pack bedding, fence panels, rattan and resin furniture showed strong growth. See more... Read more

Gateacre garden centre to close at end of July

Gateacre Garden Centre, one of the first in the country, is to close after 80 years. Some staff will move to Burleydam. See more… Read more

Call us Wyevale, again (Updated)

The Garden Centre Group is history. As of today, the group has reverted to its former name, Wyevale Garden Centres. See more… Read more

Scotts to apply brand management formula to Solus

Scotts will bring its brand management skills to the Solus brands, namely adding value to brands, innovation and in due course, advertising direct to the consumer. See more... Read more

Scotts buys Solus Brands

The Scotts Company (UK) Limited, has reached an agreement to acquire proprietary brands from Solus Garden and Leisure Limited (in Administration). Read more

Trading normal after fire at Coolings

Fire destroyed two storage buildings at Coolings Green and Pleasant garden centre on Friday night. See more... Read more

Sinclair uses cash from Bolton Fell to accelerate transition

William Sinclair stays positive despite a price rise in the professional sector which had damaging long-term consequences for sales. Sales since the end of March have also not been as strong as expected. See more… Read more

TGCG outlines its vision for the future

In 18 months we have achieved a lot, said Kevin Bradshaw, but there is still a lot of work to do. The new CEO of The Garden Centre Group and his chairman have been telling Gardenforum about their vision for the future. See more… Read more

Crest Garden names its sales team

Nick Davies’ new venture, Crest Garden, has named the agents that will make up the sales team to cover the UK. See more… Read more

Notcutts has second thoughts over Bagshot rebuild

Having closed its garden centre in Bagshot for a joint redevelopment with Waitrose, Notcutts has decided against opening a new garden centre in Bagshot. See more… Read more

Smaller garden centres did best in May

Strong performance from smaller garden centres in May pushed GCA sales figures ahead of last year. Garden furniture sales have been particularly strong. See more… Read more

Bonmarché plans more concessions on garden centres

Bonmarché, the over 50s womenswear retailer, is looking for concession space in more garden centres having had successful trial this year. See more… Read more

Karcher to be the new force in garden watering

Kärcher, dominant manufacturer of pressure washers and inventor of the Window Vac, is to introduce a new range of garden watering products to the UK in 2015, backed by TV advertising. See more… Read more

Thieves target animal ornaments at GC’s across the country

Six garden centres have been hit by burglars in the last couple of weeks with animal sculptures being a particular target. But in one case a live tortoise was stolen. See more... Read more

Butters JV with Kebol to refresh the bulb market

Butters Group, a plant leading supplier to UK supermarkets, has formed a partnership with Kebol BV of Holland that should lead to innovation in the UK bulb market. See more… Read more

TGCG starts work on new Percy Thrower’s garden centre

Shortly before its sale to TGCG, Garden & Leisure completed a deal with Waitrose that would redevelop Percy Thrower’s garden centre. Work has now started on the new development. See more... Read more

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