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

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

A time to reflect says Westland chief

As PwC confirms that discussions with interested parties about buying Solus are still ongoing, Edward Conroy suggests this is an opportunity to reflect on our progress as an industry and to consider what still needs to be done. See more... Read more

Is old compost sabotaging your plants?

Which? Gardening calls on compost manufacturers to add a production date to bags of compost as it again finds old stock on garden centres. See more... Read more

Ex Sinclair MD joins Kärcher

Danny Adamson has teamed up with Kärcher as the company seeks to become a significant supplier of garden watering products to UK garden centres. See more... Read more

William Sinclair fails to profit from better spring weather

William Sinclair shares opened 20% lower as the company warned that sales were lower than was anticipated from a return to more normal weather patterns. See more… Read more

Williamson grandchildren unify Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale Containers, Wyevale Trees and Wyevale Transplants in Herefordshire have officially re-launched this month under the generic name Wyevale Nurseries, with Andy Johnson as MD. See more.... Read more

Brantano seeks concession space in 30 garden centres

Brantano opens in two TGCG garden centres with more to follow as companies such as WH Smith and Viners open concessions in the group's stores. See more… Read more

Record Easter and good May Day holiday for garden centres

Garden furniture, sundries and plants drive strong garden centre sales in April; and stock keeps flowing despite upheavals in the supply chain. There is a feeling that the gardening feel-good factor is back. See more... Read more

Hillview Garden Centres has acquired its 9th garden centre

Hillview Garden Centres has acquired Little Heath Garden Centre. This is the 7th site acquired by the group in 2014. See more... Read more

Good progress in Solus talks

Solus says good progress is being made in talks with potential trade and financial investors, but the process will take a few weeks. See more... Read more

Culture change for Gardman

Stewart Hainsworth started as CEO of Gardman last September. He has spent his first 7 months looking and listening, building a new management team, restoring relations with agents and changing the culture. 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

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

Compass to install 30 coffee shops with Homebase

Compass Group’s Instore has secured a new five-year partnership with Homebase to install 30 coffee shops. See more... Read more

Notcutts sells farms to fund GC expansion

Notcutts has put 445 acres of Suffolk farmland up for sale. The money raised will allow further investment in the core garden centre business. See more... Read more

91 job losses at Solus as discussions continue

Administrators from PwC have announced 91 redundancies at Solus so the business can continue trading while discussions with interested parties continue. See more... Read more

Solus goes into administration

Rob Hunt and Tony Barrell of PwC have been appointed joint administrators of Solus Garden & Leisure Limited today, 15 May 2014. The company will continue to trade while a buyer is sought. This story is open to all See more... Read more

Marshalls increases output to meet strong sales growth in all markets

Marshalls says order books for domestic installers of its landscape products have stretched to 11.5 weeks and is predicting better than expected results for 2014. See more… Read more

Delamore takes on Volmary operations in the UK

Delamore, which grows young plants for UK growers, has announced that it is taking on the growing, sales and distribution of the Volmary product range in this country. See more... Read more

Next opens its first store to focus purely on Home and Garden

Next has opened its first store to focus purely on the home and garden part of the business, at Cribbs Causeway. See more... Read more

Haxnicks to join forces with Tildenet

The sales and distribution of Haxnicks products is to move from Smart Solar to Tildenet, the netting and ground cover specialist at the end of May. See more... Read more

Latest TGCG recruits bring the best of the retail industry to the gardening world

TGCG has drawn from Dixons, Homebase, Waitrose and Britvic to expand its trading division and bring the best of the retail industry to the gardening world. See more… Read more

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