WGC trading profit hit by switch to central distribution

Terra Firma says switch to central distribution was too much for Wyevale Garden Centres, hitting stock availability and sales in 2016. Trading profit fell 31%. Read more

Wyevale expects to sell 2000 bulb packs an hour this weekend

Wyevale Garden Centres is predicting that this weekend will be the most popular for the sale of bulbs, when it expects to sell around 2,000 packets of bulbs an hour. Read more

Scotts UK has a perpetual license to sell Miracle-Gro

The Scotts Company (UK) reveals more about the buy-out from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Investment in innovation backed by TV advertising is the way forward. Read more

Origins, Scotts new naturals range

Notcutts reports a 58% jump in operating profit

Notcutts lifts sales and profit after 5 garden centres are modernised as part of their 5-year plan. A new leadership team has been recruited. Read more

The Notcutts show garden at Norwich

Wholesalers go hand in hand with competing glove brands

National wholesaler, Decco, has signed an exclusive partnership with Briers, while Stax has secured a deal with E. P. Barrus to distribute their brands including the newly acquired Town & Country. Read more

Smart Garden celebrates a massive new logistics centre

The Mayor of Peterborough joined Paris Natar and the Smart Garden team to celebrate the opening of a massive new distribution hub that should see turnover grow to £100m. Read more

'So now what do we do?' MD Jonathan Stobart and Paris Natar

SBM Company to market MaxiCrop in the UK

SBM Company, which bought Bayer Garden last year, has announced a partnership agreement with Italy-based Valagro to sell and market its garden brands in Europe and the US.  For the UK these include MaxiCrop. Read more

Darren Brown, Head of SBM Life Science

Briers launches Pignut, a new fashion company

Briers has launched a quality home textile range for garden centres with fashion conscious customers.  The new company has been named Pignut. Read more

Jackie Eades, Mel Griffiths and Erin Belmont show a Pignut cushion

The Orangery Collection launches in two garden centres

Lolly Lee was so convinced that her new venture would be a success that she sold her house to fund the launch of The Orangery Collection, introducing design led ranges from artisan producers around the world. Read more

Lolly Lee opening the display at Coolings with MD Gary Carvoso and Nicki Peto

Squire’s plans a ‘Raffles style’ Café Bar at Shepperton, with a piano

Squire’s plans to open a new 'Raffles' Café Bar at Shepperton Garden Centre, which will include a new style of service - where orders are placed at the till then an electronic tracker is taken to the table. Read more

Marshall unveils his 3-year plan for Dobbies

New CEO, Nicholas Marshall unveils his £40m, 3-year plan to re-establish Dobbies’ reputation as a quality retailer of British plants. He also has ambitions to expand. Read more

Barton Grange begins construction of £8m leisure venue

The Barton Grange Group has started the construction of its £8m leisure development to be built alongside its award-winning garden centre at Brock on the A6 near Preston. Read more

Bunnings names its first Homebase conversion in the South West

Two more Homebase stores to be converted as Bunnings pilots, bringing the total to 10. The latest include Weston-super-mare and Harlow. Read more

inside Folkestone

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds has acquired Darlac Garden Tools

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds has acquired Darlac, the garden tools supplier based in Slough, to expand its offer to garden retailers. Read more

John Fothergill and David Carey

EP Barrus buys Town and Country

EP Barrus has bought the gardening glove and footwear manufacturer, Town & Country.  Its founder and chairman Barry Page is to retire. Read more

Barry Page

Phase 1 extension of Northern Ireland garden centre to open

Colemans Garden Centre in Templepatrick, N. Ireland is nearing the completion of phase 1 of a £5m redevelopment and expansion. Read more

Wyevale refinancing has been agreed according to reports

Press reports suggest Terra Firma is about to announce new long-term refinancing for Wyevale Garden Centres. Read more

Westland refreshes logo and aims for higher brand profile

Westland looks to raise its brand profile as the gardener’s champion after research shows there’s an opportunity to build consumer recognition. Read more

Lifestyle imagery

Stihl’s pilot with Dobbies marks a major advance for cordless battery tools

The Stihl Group expects demand for Lithium-Ion products to grow exponentially and is to test the selling of cordless products through garden centres. The first pilot is with Dobbies. Read more

Stihl Lithium-Ion products on show at Glee

Gardman’s field sales team visits its new National Distribution Centre

The Gardman sales team visited the almost completed 415,000 sq ft. National Distribution Centre last week to be briefed on Glee and the 2018 growth plans. Read more

Another respectable year for The Barton Grange group

Garden centre sales in 2016 were level, with profit increasing slightly at the Barton Grange Group as construction of the Flower Bowl has started for opening in 2018. Read more

Plans for new Honiton GC look set for approval

Planning officials have recommended that plans for a new garden centre on the outskirts of Honiton are approved. Which means it could be trading by next spring. Read more

Exponent Private Equity completes purchase of Scotts Miracle-Gro brands worldwide

Sheila Hill is UK Country Manager and says, “We look forward to strong investments in our brands and categories with more media and innovation.” Read more

Sheila Hill - UK Country Manager

New DC for Zest, plus a university link

Timber product supplier, Zest 4 Leisure, has just bought a new distribution centre in Saltney, Flintshire. It has also announced a collaboration with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Read more

Investment pays off for Creative Gardens

Creative Gardens beats the GCA averages following improvement works. Overall, almost as many centres were down in July as up. Read more

Creative Gardens' house plants area

Trading to remain challenging for Bunnings UK

The historical poor performance of Homebase is expected to continue in the short term, despite encouraging sales growth in gardening categories, as customers continue to adjust to the Bunnings offer. Read more

What is happening at Wyevale Garden Centres?

Following recent rumours and reports about the preformance and funding of Wyevale, Gardenforum talks to major suppliers and people close to the company and gets a better understanding of what is happening. Read more

London’s Garden Bridge project is abandoned

The project to build a Garden Bridge over the river Thames has been abandoned, officially, following the Mayor of London withdrawing his support. Read more

Innovation from Mr Fothergill's

As well as the acquisition of Darlac, Mr Fothergill’s revealed other innovations, including a new RHS AGM range, a starter range endorsed by David Domoney and the introduction Seasol and Optigrow. Read more

David Domoney's Get growing range

Wyevale Garden Centres in possible re-financing deal

It has been reported that Terra Firma is negotiating a re-financing deal for Wyevale as the garden centre group has not met its trading targets. Read more

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