Key appointment in AMES UK business integration plans

The challenges in bringing full integration to four separate and thriving businesses is what excited Kiran Patel about the role of IT Director at AMES UK. Read more

Kiran Patel - IT Director

Glee Buyers Power List 2021: the winners!

The winners of the prestigious Glee Buyers Power List for 2021 were announced from The Stage content theatre at the show.. Read more

Founder and Managing Director retires

Borge Leth, founder of Alexander Rose, retires after 27 years at Alexander Rose.  Read more

Jan Vejsholt has been appointed as the new Managing Director at Alexander Rose

Derek Jarman to become BPOA chairman designate

Following a BPOA meeting this week, Derek Jarman has been co-opted as a member and will become chairman designate, his position being confirmed at the AGM in January. Read more

Derek Jarman

Four Oaks announces death of Pat Coutts

Four Oaks Trade Show has announced the death of Pat Coutts, who led the event across 5 decades, at the age of 76. Read more

Pat Coutts

Colin Squire awarded by Rose Society UK

Colin Squire OBE, Chairman Emeritus of Squire’s Garden Centres, has been awarded the prestigious Dean Hole Medal by The Rose Society UK in recognition of his work with and love of roses. Read more

Peter Seabrook, Ray Martin, Colin Squire, John Anthony

New commercial lead for AMES

With a goal of £150million revenue within 3 years, AMES UK has ambitious growth plans for the future. Driving the business to achieve this target is their recently appointed Commercial Director, Nick Jones for the integrated business brands; Kelkay, La Hacienda and Apta. Read more

JDA welcome a new member to the team

JDA, which has been servicing the garden centre industry for 10 years, would now like to welcome Matthew van der Linde to the team.  Read more

Matthew van der Linde

Green-tech takes Supplier and Service Provider category title at ProLandscaper Business Awards

Leading landscaping supplier Green-tech has been named as the Supplier and Service Provider in the 2021 Pro Landscaper Business Awards. Read more

The ProLandscaper Awards plague has made it back to Green-tech HQ

Steve Nicholls recognised for 25 years of committed service

Blue Diamond MD, Alan Roper, says congratulations and well done to the general manager at Newbridge Nurseries, Steve Nicholls, who is celebrating 25 years of service. Read more

Alan Roper congratulates Steve Nicholls

New manager at Squire's Garden Centre in Chertsey

Rupert Sleight has been appointed Garden Centre Manager at Squire’s in Chertsey. Read more

Rupert Sleight - Garden Centre Manager Squire's Chertsey

New sales director appointment for AMES UK

AMES UK appoint a new sales director for multiples business. Rob Parker will lead the 17-strong team driving business acquisition and growth in the Grocery, DIY, High Street, Export and Online channels. Read more

Rob Parker

Syngenta Flowers appoints a new Head of Sales Netherlands and Belgium

Syngenta Flowers appointed Edwin Zuidgeest as Head of Sales for the Netherlands and Belgium. Read more

Marco van der Sar new chairman of the Flower Council of Holland

Marco van der Sar has been appointed chairman of the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) board. Marco is succeeding Henk Spoon, who is standing down after three years. Read more

Marco van der Sar new chairman of Flower Council of Holland

Nursery sector loses a well-known figure with Renato Canale’s death

Renato Canale, the driving force behind  Europlants and a leading figure in the nursery industry for almost 60 years, has died aged 78. Read more

Renato Canale

A celebration of Eddie Topping's Life

There will be a celebration of his Life. St Lawrence’s Church, Barton at 3.30pm.  All are very welcome. Read more

New Commercial Director for Hozelock UK

Hozelock, Britain’s leading watering expert, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Bird as Commercial Director. Read more

 Alan Bird, Commercial Director

Eddie Topping UPDATED

Eddie Topping, founder of Barton Grange, passed away on Monday evening at the age of 89, with his family at his side. Eddie devoted his life to the horticultural industry and charitable causes in the local area. Read more

Eddie Topping

James Worby Agencies scoop award as Garland sales agent

In only its second year as a Garland Products sales agent, James Worby Agencies has scooped the Garland Products coveted ‘Sales Agent of the Year’ award.  Read more

James Worby (R) & ‘Sales Agent of the Year’ award with Mark Dedman.

Antony Harker returns as a supplier of aggregates and garden products

Altico Garden Products will be a major talking point at Glee.  It is the vehicle for the return of Antony Harker and family as a supplier of  aggregates and garden products to garden centres. Read more

Antony Harker

New Director for Langlands Garden Centres

Langlands Nurseries Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Daniel Lawton as Director. Dan has started his new role on the 1st of August 2021 and is bringing over 18 years of industry experience into the business. Read more

Mr D Lawton (left) and Mr J Ducker

Broil King appoints new sales merchandiser

Broil King announce the appointment of James Leach as their new Sales Merchandiser to support the Broil King sales team and the stockist network in the UK. Read more

James Leach

Congratulations to Alan Blomfield from Worcester

Congratulations to Alan Blomfield from Worcester Garden Centre who celebrated his 50 year work anniversary on Sunday 1st August 2021. Read more

Whartons Rosie Ramble raises over £2,000 for Greenfingers

On Sunday 1st August the office team at Whartons Garden Roses undertook a 10 mile sponsored walk around the roses fields to raise funds for Greenfingers. Read more

Zest 4 Leisure raises over £8,000 for MacMillan in 24 hour event

Outdoor garden furniture, wooden products and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure has completed a 24-hour run / walk charity challenge, raising over £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Read more

Two new non-exec directors for Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed two new non-executive Directors.  Rob Collins recently retired as MD of Waitrose. Tony Perkins was Audit Lead Partner at BDO. Read more

Chairman Sarah Squire (centre) with new Non-Executive Directors, Rob Collins (l) & Tony Perkins (r)

Garden centre headlines around the country

Headlines around the country include a sale and lease back by Dobbies, controversy about breast feeding in a garden centre and thefts of catalytic converters at Bents. Read more

Gary Plevey, a true gentlemen, with his family

Industry newcomer, Ian Hepburn talks about trading and reducing peat

It was a steep learning curve for Ian Hepburn who joined Evergreen Garden Care a few months ago as marketing director,  having worked previously for Mars.  Read more

Ian Hepburn

Azpects Ltd adds to support staff

Azpects Ltd, creators of EASYJoint, are pleased to welcome two new staff members to their support team. Read more

GIMA announces the re-election of Simon McArdle

Re-elected GIMA President, Simon McArdle, thanks retail customers on behalf of the membership. Plus, Kate Ebbens re-joins GIMA Council. Read more

GIMA President Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture

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