Dobbies sales to multiply 10x in 8 years

Tesco’s commitment to making Dobbies a national brand is as strong as ever, James Barnes told GIMA today as he seeks to multiply sales 10 times by 2019. Dobbies products are set to appear on the supermarket’s shelves as the gardening equivalent of Tesco’s finest. See more... Read more

Klondyke completes purchase of Byrkley Garden Centre

The Klondyke Group has finally completed the purchase of Byrkley Garden Centre at Rangemore, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire from the Thompstone Brothers. See more... Read more

Ambitious plans for GardeningTV

Gardening TV has new owners with ambitious plans to double the number of host garden centres within 12 months. See more... Read more

Dobbies opens first Northern Irish centre

On Friday 25th September 2010, Dobbies will welcome its first Northern Irish customers to a new 48,000sq ft Dobbies Garden World in Lisburn, Belfast – the company’s first centre in the Province. See more... Read more

Glee New Product Awards 2010

Pop-up rain barrel/water butt scoops triple honours in the Glee New Product Awards. For a list of winners see More... Read more

National Conifer Week starts 2nd October

The HTA’s PlantforLife campaign and British Conifer Group have produced banners and a merchandising guide to help retailers build eye-catching displays that will have gardeners up and down the country pining for British Conifers. See more... Read more

Wi-Fi offered at 89 TGCG garden centres

Motorists keen to break their journeys to check their emails or use the Internet can now do so at 89 garden centres in The Garden Centre Group. See more... Read more

Plants and garden furniture prop up Homebase

Home Retail Group, the parent company for Argos and Homebase, warns that first half profits may be as much as 25% lower. It has been hit by declining margins and sales. See more… Read more

‘A Great Achievement’ says Garden Centre Group chairman

The 2009 results for The Garden Centre Group Limited have been released and show the extent of the restructuring undertaken in February 2009.  Sales lifted 5%.  See more... Read more

Sinclair invites growers to join peat free trials

William Sinclair is inviting professional growers to join trials of its alternative to peat, made from garden waste, and compare results with their usual growing media. See more… Read more

Dobbies wins public support for Peterborough

A plan to create a new Dobbies Garden Centre at Hampton, Peterborough, has been given overwhelming support by the public. Read more

Dobbies team up with Hire Station

Dobbies Internet operation Dobbies.com has teamed up with leading tool hire company Hire Station to offer over 2000 different tools. See more… Read more

Councillors give go-ahead to Dobbies in Carlisle

Carlisle councillors have approved the scaled down plans for a new Dobbies Garden Centre in Carlisle. It will be one of four new centres to open next spring. See more... Read more

Scotts to return $500m to shareholders as profits rise

Scotts Miracle-Gro doubles its dividend as third-quarter profits beat market expectations. There will also be a $500 million buyback of shares. See more... Read more

Dobbies increases profit to £9.8m

Figures just released for last year show that sales and gross margin increased at Dobbies. Sales reached £104m with pretax profits almost £10m. See more... Read more

New Horizon up 44%

William Sinclair has published an optimistic trading update following the end of its financial year on Sept 30th. See more... Read more

Whitehall buys Highfield Nurseries mail order

Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock, Wiltshire has bought the Highfield Nurseries mail order business and website. See more... Read more

Garden4Less Hit by Bosch / Amazon Scam

Local Internet retailer Garden4Less has been hit by a unique online scam involving the Amazon website. See more... Read more

John Robinson Houseplants moves and changes name to House Plants Direct

John Robinson Houseplants has moved from Romsey to West Parley, near Bournemouth International Airport, and has changed its name to House Plants Direct Ltd. See more... Read more

Outrage at blatant copying at Glee

Some of the most innovative companies in the garden industry have been outraged by blatant copying of their products at Glee. See more... Read more

B&Q profits rise despite falling sales

B&Q warned that the immediate outlook for consumer spending is fragile and is likely to remain challenging for some time. See more... Read more

Results from Dobbies, Scotts, Garden & Leisure and ...

Retailers dominate the latest results on Gardenforum including Dobbies, Blue Diamond UK, The Garden and Leisure Group and The Garden Centre Group, which we have already reported on. Also released are the latest from The Scotts Company (UK). See 'more' for a summary of the latest additions to Company Results... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

Grosvenor tops £6m

Results from the Duke of Westminster’s Wheatsheaf Investments show that Grosvenor Garden Centre increased sales by 18% last year. See more... Read more

Woodthorpe Hall buys Towneley GC

The Woodthorpe Hall Group buys Towneley Garden Centre in Burnley from receivers, making it five garden centres in the group. See more... Read more

Nova re-emerges at Glee

Nova Garden Furniture is to re-emerge at Glee only 11 months after announcing that it would be winding down the business. See more... Read more

Should we feed birds?

More than half of people with gardens feed birds, says Which? Gardening. But are we hindering or helping our feathered friends, it asks. See more... Read more

Sinclair strikes deal with Growing Success

William Sinclair Horticulture has signed an open ended agreement with Monro Horticulture to distribute Growing Success products. The deal takes affect at GLEE. See more... Read more

Most retailers results show profits increased in 2009

2009 saw profit increases for Bents Garden Centre, Otter Nurseries, Polhill Garden Centre and OA Taylor & Sons Bulbs. There was a recovery in profits at Country Homes and Gardens, EP Barrus and Roundstone. See more for a summary of the latest additions to Company Results... (This article is open to all readers)... Read more

RWAF targets retailers selling ‘cruel’ rabbit hutches

The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund (RWAF) is running a campaign against retailers who stock rabbit hutches that are smaller than the minimum standard. See more... Read more

Two acquisitions for Flying Brands

Despite a drop in sales, Flying Brands is optimistic. It is to resume the payment of dividends and has announced two more acquisitions to accelerate its transition into an online garden and gift retailer. See more... Read more

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