Proactive Blue Diamond shares the Brexit pain with suppliers

2017 growth for Blue Diamond, but “With a weakening economy over the coming years almost a certainty, pressures on margin are likely to mount as the marketplace becomes more fiercely competitive,” says MD Alan Roper. Read more

Alan Roper

Westland growth rate slows in 2017

A year of rapid growth following the purchase of William Sinclair, has been followed by 12 months to April 2017 when Westland Horticulture sales have grown little. Pre-tax profits have improved despite the impact of a large bad debt. Read more

Catering for your every need! Book now for the HTA Catering Conference, Dinner and Exhibition

Recruitment and retention of catering staff, food counter visual merchandising, food inspiration from Australia and creating modern takes on traditional bakes are just three of the hot topics on the agenda for the HTA Catering Conference, ‘A Recipe for Growth’, which takes place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 June at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Read more

Plants donated to 'Love Your Garden'

Hawkesmill Nurseries, the Warwickshire based family company, are over the moon to have been asked to donate a variety of plants to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to help with their new garden. Read more

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone donates gardening equipment to Meadowfield Hospital’s mental health ward

Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone has partnered with Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing to donate gardening equipment and tools for Maple Ward, its mental health ward. Read more

Haskins GC in Roundstone donates gardening equipment to Meadowfield Hospital's mental health ward.

Maxicrop UK is renamed Valagro UK

Valagro, has announced that its subsidiary Maxicrop (UK) Ltd, has changed name to Valagro UK Ltd, selling to the professional market. Last year SBM took on sales to the domestic garden market. Read more

Ivy House all day kitchen opens at Groves Nurseries

Family owned Groves Nurseries in Bridport welcomed visitors for the first time last week to the Ivy House Kitchen, their new restaurant designed by Malcolm Scott Consultants.

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Smart Garden is one of Europe’s 1000 fastest growing companies

The FT has listed Smart Garden Products in Europe’s 1000 most rapidly growing companies. Further growth seems certain as stock levels have been raised by 50% at its new warehouse. Read more

Farplants unveils mobile friendly portal for ordering plants

A new mobile friendly trade portal unveiled by Farplants will mean plant buyers can check availability and order stock while standing by their display benches. Read more

Hundreds of garden centres, community groups and schools involved with National Children’s Gardening Week

National Children’s Gardening Week 2018 is just around the corner now (26 May-3 June) and over 300 garden centres nationwide are joining in with events or the Facebook campaign that’s put fun gardening projects for children in front of nearly half a million parents, teachers and grandparents in the past month. Read more

Gardener, writer and plantswoman Beth Chatto dies

Beth Chatto OBE VMH, the acclaimed gardener, writer and plantswoman died peacefully at home with her family by her side, on the evening of 13th May 2018, aged 94. There will be a private funeral with a memorial service to follow. Read more

Beth Chatto

LANDSCAPE returns to London’s Battersea Park

The key trade show for the industry LANDSCAPE is back for another year, uniting Garden Designers, Landscape Architects and Contractors under one roof for two days, dedicated to sourcing the latest innovations and technologies in the landscaping industry. Read more

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