Announcing our venue for GCA Conference 2020

Company: Garden Centre Association's (GCA)

Mercure Grand Hotel, Bristol is set in a historic grade II listed building in the heart of Bristol city centre. The 186-room property's interior draws inspiration from the city's independent art scene and includes over 500 pieces by local artists.

Mercure Grand Hotel, Bristol, BS1 2EL 
Sunday, 26th - Wednesday, 29th January 2020


The Conference will kick off on Sunday afternoon with the annual Greenfingers event where retailers and suppliers will be competing for the Greenfingers Challenge Trophy and raising money for the charity.  This year to celebrate 10 years since the first Rugby Challenge, we return to the field but this time for a game of 'Touch Rugby', so everyone can get involved.  The afternoon’s event is followed by an informal evening. 

On Monday, we get down to business with presentations from our inspectors and competition judges together with other speakers focusing on business operations. The day is rounded off with our annual Associates Networking Night, the perfect opportunity for suppliers and garden centres to get to know each other.  The evening is informal and this year we have entertainment and a 'Seafaring' theme.  Fancy dress is optional but there will be prizes for the best dressed! 

Tuesday features some high-profile speakers with business strategy the centre of attention.  We will cover sustainability and wellbeing along with economic insight.  On Tuesday afternoon we hold our supplier exhibition and you can book your space via our online booking site.  The booking site is open on Monday, 28th October 2019.

Visit the dedicated conference pages within the members area of GCA website to find out more details, as they come available. 

Our conference is attended by a majority of our garden centre members; therefore, it is the ideal opportunity to meet new and existing customers and speak to the decision makers. There are numerous opportunities to promote your brand by sponsoring elements of the conference.  Details of the sponsorship opportunities are attached, please contact either Iain or Laura if you would like to discuss them, or if you have any ideas how you would like to get more involved.

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