New hire to boost sales of British products in garden centres

British product sourcing specialist The Great British Exchange has appointed John Hinde to increase the volume of UK manufactured gifts and homewares in garden centres. Read more

John Hinde

Annabelle Padwick announced as latest Thrive Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that Annabelle Padwick has become the latest Ambassador for Thrive. The writer, speaker and founder of Life at No.27 has been promoting the benefits of gardening to those struggling with mental ill health since 2015, by sharing her own personal story through her popular allotment blog and speaking at various events, including BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Read more

Annabelle Padwick at Thrive’s Beech Hill centre.

New appointments for RSW International Limited

RSW International Limited; leading importers of Garden & Leisure products including; Christmas, Pet Care, Picnicware, Gift & Housewares are pleased to announce a new appointment to its growing business. Bobby Fisher recently joined the Garden & Leisure team as Business Development Manager for the UK mainland Read more

Bobby Fisher

Adam Dunnett takes on a new challenge

Wyevale Nurseries has announced today (Thursday, August 2, 2018) that Adam Dunnett has decided to move on from his post as Sales and Marketing Director and will be relocating and taking up a new challenge. Read more

Adam Dunnett, Sales & Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries

Graeme Jenkins is the new CEO of Dobbies

Dobbies names Graeme Jenkins as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect replacing Nicholas Marshall, who has not been seen at the business for some months. Read more

Graeme Jenkins

Roger retires as GCA inspector after 11 years

Roger Crookes is retiring as an inspector for the Garden Centre Association (GCA) this month after 11 years in the role (July 2018). Roger became a GCA inspector in 2007 after a career working in garden centres around the UK since 1977. Read more

Roger Crookes

Have you considered if your business is ‘millennial ready’?

Consumer and shopping behaviouralist, Ken Hughes, has been announced as our keynote speaker for Cultivating Retail, the new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers which takes place on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham. Read more

Consumer and shopping behaviouralist, Ken Hughes.

Record breaking year for new starters at Green-tech

Leading landscape supplier Green-tech has recently welcomed two new starters, taking their number of new recruits in this financial year to a record-breaking 16. Read more

L to R   Dan Hildreth, Lizzy Rose, Sam Roddam

Scottish Wholesaler helps local people back into work

Unemployed people in Glasgow are being helped back into work thanks to an ongoing partnership between a local gardening and hardware wholesale and trade supplier, and a national support organisation. Read more

Employing local people is an important consideration for Stax Trade Centres

Six staff members clock up 195 years of service

Six members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently (June, 2018) presented with medals to honour their long service to the company. Read more

Joshua presented with Peter Williamson Travel Award

Joshua Stone from Pershore College has recently (June, 2018) been presented with Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award. Read more

Peter Williamson Award Winner - Joshua Stone

Stephen Mangan to host 2018 GIMA Awards

TV, film and stage actor Stephen Mangan has been announced as the host of the 2018 GIMA Awards. Read more

TV, film and stage actor Stephen Mangan

Steve Millington joins Tom Chambers

Steve Millington has joined Tom Chambers as national accounts manager.  In March he resigned from Tildenet where he was sales director of gardenware. Read more

Steve Millington

Kyle and Chris celebrate promotions

Two members of staff at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford are celebrating this month (June, 2018) after both receiving promotions. Read more

Chris King, Wyevale Nurseries

David Domoney shares his knowledge and enthusiasm for ‘Grow Your Own’ with Mr Fothergill’s sales force

This year, Mr Fothergill’s Sales Conference was visited by Love Your Garden presenter David Domoney who gave an enthusiastic presentation about gardening and shared his experience of garden transformations. Read more

2018 garden sales increase as does Hayloft Plants

Hayloft Plants is experiencing similar growth and has strengthened the board by appointing Lukasz Laszkiewicz as Operations Director with effect from 1st August 2018. Read more

Lukasz Laszkiewicz

Celebration raises £20,000 for children

A 65th birthday, a 30-year business milestone; and an OBE in recognition of his services to business and charity all paved the way for a lavish celebration for John Athwal OBE of Premier Decorations Ltd in June – raising more than £20,000 for his favourite Fence Club charity to help sick and disadvantaged children. Read more

John and Jito Athwal (pictured centre) together with their children, partners and grandchildren.

Get set for Cultivating Retail this Autumn

Managing Director of the newly expanded Blue Diamond Group, Alan Roper, features on the programme for Cultivating Retail, the new industry conference and dinner, hosted by HTA and GIMA, taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Tuesday 13 November. Read more

Alan Roper

Decco appoints Martin Sutcliffe as Leeds manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Martin Sutcliffe as Manager for Decco Leeds, following Andrew Ballantine’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer.  The appointment is effective from 1st August 2018. Read more

Martin Sutcliffe

Key sales appointments at Crest Garden

Crest Garden have increased their sales team with the appointment of a National Account Manager and a new Area Sales Manager. Read more

Katie Smith

New MD for Vitax

Vitax Limited, one of the UK’s leading garden and horticulture manufacturers has appointed a new managing director as it drives forward with its ambitious growth plans. Read more

Carl Welsh and Mark Butler

Highly-regarded horticulturalist celebrates 50 years in horticulture

Colin Randel, product manager and vegetable expert at Suffolk-based mail order plants and seeds firm Thompson & Morgan was last week presented with an engraved commemorative garden fork and spade in recognition of his 50 year contribution to horticulture. Read more

: The Sun’s Peter Seabrook (L) presents Colin Randel (R) with engraved garden fork and spade.

2018 APL WorldSkills final national heat announced

Heats having been taking place around the country throughout May and June for the landscapers of the future to compete for their place in the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) WorldSkills Landscape Gardening competition semi-finals. Read more

Competitors from Dundee and Angus heat including semi-finalists Matthew Aitken and Jon Walsh.

My Dad was my hero

Hannah Dye is running the 2019 London Marathon for Anthony Nolan because she lost her dad, Paul Dye, to blood cancer in January.  Support her and Anthony Nolan now. Read more

Hannah Dye with her father

Smart Garden Products win Supplier of the Year in France

Smart Garden Products are very proud of their French team who picked up a prestigious award last night for Supplier of the Year in the Lighting Category, voted for by garden centre buyers in France. Read more

Green-tech help create luxurious outside learning space at North Yorkshire Primary School

The Early Years Foundation Stage outside environment at Bedale Church of England Primary School in North Yorkshire has been given a luxurious finish with some help from leading landscaper supplier Green-tech. Read more

Worfield Plants introduce new sales executive

Worfield Plants in Shropshire has extended its team with the appointment of Jamie Ablett to the role of Sales Executive in the South East. Read more

Jamie Ablett

HTA adds to its policy and horticultural teams

The HTA has named to additions to its head office team.  Sally Cullimore becomes the policy executive and Alistair Yeomans will be horticulture manager.  Both will be attending the National Plant Show Read more

Sally Cullimore and Alistair Yeomans

OBE for Monty Don

BBC Gardener’s World presenter Monty Don has been awarded an OBE for services to horticulture, broadcasting and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Read more

Monty Don OBE

Gloucestershire independent Highfield Garden World welcomes third generation with tiffs, trips and instant gardening on standby

The 132-strong team at Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire now includes members of not two but three generations of the founding Greenway family.   Emma Greenway, 25, has recently joined her father, aunt and grandmother in the family business. Read more

Joan, Tim, Emma and Sue of the Greenway family.

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