Dobbies CX outlines the plans for Dobbies

John Cleland, chief executive of Dobbies since July, told an invited audience of chief executives at Glee that Dobbies’ new owners were long term cash investors. Read more

John Cleland

SBM plans to be world number 2 after acquisition of Bayer Garden

Jean-Paul and Alexandre Simmler, owners of SBM, have outlined their plans for Bayer Garden when they close the deal in October to take it out of Bayer. Read more

Alexandre Simmler

Scotts are in advanced discussions to sell ChapelWood

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced that the company is to sell the ChapelWood bird seed brand. Read more

New Ideas at SPOGA gafa

New Ideas on show at SPOGA gafa include indoor gardening, the first solar powered sun lounger and a powered patio brush system to replace sprayers. Read more

Grange is to stop UK manufacture

Grange is to announce next week that it will close all production facilities at Telford. Read more

Highgrove to offer a new distribution service for garden centres

Highgrove is to offer garden suppliers and retailers a new distribution service based on a model that works in the grocery market.  Read more

Wesfarmers’ CEO is really excited about Homebase

As sales lift 7.5% Wesfarmers, CEO, Richard Goyder says a pilot will start early in 2017 to rebrand some Homebase stores as Bunnings. Read more

Seasonal sales grow 10% at B&Q

Like-for-like sales at B&Q continue to grow, helped by the store closure programme. Parent company, Kingfisher, remains cautious but can detect no Brexit impact. Read more

Fishkeeper Scotland to open in 6 Dobbies stores

Fishkeeper Scotland is soon to open at Dobbies Edinburgh HQ at Melville as part of a major store roll-out plan. Read more

Next wins planning for new Plymouth store

Plans for a new Next Home and Garden store in Plymouth have been approved despite planning officers recommending rejection. Read more

The Proposed Plymouth store

Fire Brigade called to Wyevale’s Windlesham garden centre

The fire and rescue service was called to Wyevale’s Windlesham garden centre last week to rescue a man who was trapped upside down between two containers. Read more

Maryanne Stokes buys Luca’s Garden

Maryanne Stokes has bought Luca’s Garden that sells garden furniture and giftware online and at shows. Read more

Latest results include Klondyke, Westland, Vitax, Grange & Kelkay

2014/15 results published this month show profits fell at retailers such as Klondyke, Clifton Nurseries and Thompson Bros (Esher). Several suppliers, such as  Kelkay, Keter (UK) MPB Garden Buildings and Vitax grew strongly. Read more

Wyevale shows 2016 Christmas range

Wyevale refused to be drawn on the launch date for its ‘Best in Class’ website at yesterday’s Christmas launch. Read more

Former Golden Acres boss starts a new chain

With the help of Tim Mason, Paul Richards opens Mappleborough Green Garden Centre, near Redditch and is keen to find more sites. Read more

Online sales grow 39% at B&Q

Interim results from Kingfisher show good progress unifying the buying and procurement across B&Q, Screwfix, and the international subsidiaries. Read more

Green light for massive garden centre and factory outlet at Ashchurch

Secretary of State has shown a green light to the building of a £60m garden centre and factory outlet at Ashchurch that will create 1,000 jobs. Read more

Wyevale restructures regional management

Wyevale is increasing its customer focus by restructuring its area managers and moving them out of head office.  This is likely to lead to redundancies at Syon Park. Read more

Eyles and Stevens leave Hillview as Boyd restructures - UPDATED

Marcus Eyles and Neil Stevens have left Hillview garden centres resulting in a restructuring by CEO Boyd Douglas-Davies. - NEW INFORMATION ADDED Louise Golden is also to leave. Read more

Boyd Douglas-Davies

Bunnings to outline Homebase plans at BHETA

Bunnings UK and Ireland managing director PJ Davis will make the first public presentation of Bunnings’ strategy for Homebase, at BHETA in November. Read more

Andrew Bracey becomes chairman of Dobbies

Andrew Bracey, co-founder of Midlothian Capital that led the June buy-out of Dobbies, has become chairman of the garden centre group. Read more

Dobbies at Liverpool

Taylors’ £1m expansion was a ‘big pill to swallow’

Taylors Bulbs new warehouse increases loading capacity in their peak seasons and will improve efficiency. Read more

Mr Fothergill names new sweet pea for Chelsea Pensioners

Having raised over £50,000 for the Royal Hospital chelsea, Mr Fothergill has named two new sweet peas. One for the Chelsea Pensioners and a second for Greenfingers. Read more

John Fothergill and Sarah Ruggeri

All-In-One closes Knutsford Garden Centre

All-In-One has closed Knutsford, the garden centre it bought 5 years ago. It had become financially unviable due to a drop in footfall. Read more

Planteria manager at Highfield Garden World reveals how plant retailing has changed

Gone are the A-Z beds... Does anybody make their own hanging baskets these days? Where sales of shrubs, perennials and annuals may have shrunk, sales of plants like an £800 potted acer have soared.   Read more

Jon Mason

Scotts buys into Dutch maker of hydroponics gardening lights for $136m

Scotts continues to diversify into hydroponics and indoor gardening as sales in Europe fall. Read more

Sales and operating profits grow at Notcutts

Notcutts' results for the year ending February 2016 show how the company is transforming into a focussed garden retail group. It has been investing in garden centres and selling non-core assets Read more

Council offers talks to Hare Hatch Sheeplands

There may be progress in the long running battle over enforcement action taken by Wokingham Borough Council against Hare Hatch Sheeplands.  Read more

Rob Scott with Andrea Burlingham

Plant areas are scary places to visit

The HTA Plant Retail conference was held at the spectacular Ball Colegrave Grounds in Oxfordshire. Trends for the future included urban gardening and why the smart phone is at the heart of change. Read more

New chief executive for Dobbies UPDATED

Dobbies’ new owners have appointed a former commercial director of B&Q as its new chief executive. More recently John Cleland was CEO of Maplin. Read more

John Cleland

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