DHL signs new distribution deal with B&Q

DHL, the global logistics group that is exploring with the HTA the idea of a central hub for the distribution of plants, has won a multi-million pound contract to manage B&Q’s distribution network. See more... Read more

Garden centre fined for Easter Opening

Bay Tree Garden Centre in Essex faces a fine and costs of £3450 for trading on Easter Sunday, despite the owner claiming that a council officer had advised 2 years ago that they were permitted to open. See more... Read more

Focus DIY appoints advisers re possible sale

The Observer reports that the owner of debt laden Focus DIY has called in investment bankers to look for radical ways to revive its fortunes. This might lead to a sale. See more... Read more

"What's in a name?” asks Which? Gardening

The next issue of Which? Gardening reveals that Homebase and Argos are badging their own brand mowers as Qualcast and Spear & Jackson. It also reviews spades and garden forks. See more… Read more

Flying Brands expands online offer with another acquisition

Web sales double as Flying Brands makes another acquisition, but it remains tough going in the garden division. See more... Read more

Acamp rescued

GLG Acamp GmbH, the Austrian parent of Norfolk Leisure that called in an administrator on October 5, is to continue trading having resolved contract issues with its bank. See more... Read more

Acamp calls in administrators UPDATED

GLG Acamp GmbH, the Austrian parent of Norfolk Leisure, has called in an administrator, having failed to agree seasonal funding with its bank. 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

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

UK’s biggest finishing centre for plants to open in January

In January, Farplants will open the biggest plant consolidation and finishing centre in the UK. It will reduce costs and improve flexibility and could become the plant distribution hub for southern England. See more... Read more

Harbo Fritid has been acquired by Da’core Group

Da’core has acquired the trading activities of Harbo Fritid, creating a large European supplier to the outdoor furniture market. See more… Read more

Creature comforts not worth the cash

Animal friendly gardeners may be wasting money on ineffective and unnecessary shop-bought homes for wildlife warns Which? Gardening. Read more

Local opposition to Notcutts proposed Central Distribution Depot

Residents have formed an action group to fight Notcutts’ plan to build a 100,000 sq ft central distribution warehouse in Woodbridge to service its garden centres. See more... Read more

Solus sheds wholesaler label

Solus Garden and Leisure should no longer be regarded as a wholesaler. They are now a supplier of their own brands and a wholesale distributor for a few targeted manufacturers. See more...
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Kettler GB is not affected by the financial collapse of MWH

MWH Metallwerk Helmstadt, part of the Heinz Kettler group in Germany has appointed a provisional liquidator. Kettler GB, a LOFA member, is owned separately and is therefore unaffected. See more... Read more

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

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

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