Interview with Glee’s keynote speaker, Nick Bailey

Nick Bailey talks about his experience in the horticultural industry, what continues to inspire him about gardening and many other topics in this interview.
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Nick Bailey 2017 (credit Lesley Cook)

Stephen Pickering Rest in Peace

Stephen Pickering passed on away on 9th August after a brave fight against cancer surrounned by his family. A burial service will be held to celebrate his life and all are welcome. Read more

Stephen Pickering

Green-tech expands its team to meet increasing demand

Green-tech’s operations department welcomes two new starters to strengthen its team. School leaver George Goodier is the latest Apprentice to join Green-tech. George is undertaking a Business Administration apprenticeship operated through Tyro Training, the commercial training division of www.craven-college.ac.uk. Read more

George Goodier and Franky Blakey.

New appointments for RSW International Limited

These recent appointments have been made to support the future growth of our business within the Garden & Leisure industry. As additional commitment to our current and evolving customer base RSW will also be exhibiting at Glee where we will be previewing our 2018 Spring/Summer Outdoor Dining Collections alongside our Pet collections. Read more

Lee Kennerley

High flying fundraisers raise money for Hortaid

Last weekend three fundraisers raised almost £3,000 for HortAid, Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign. Two brave thrill-seekers, Manoj Malde and Gillian Goodson, took to the skies to skydive over Wiltshire, while Brian Hawtin walked an epic 100km in under 24 hours, all to raise money for the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists in times of need. Read more

Manoj Malde (left) and Gillian Goodson (right)

David Coop becomes director at Elsoms Seeds

David Coop becomes research, development and marketing director at Elsoms Seeds Ltd in Peterborough. Read more

David Coop

Wyevale Nurseries’ staff join 30 years’ service club

Two members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently (July, 2017) presented with medals to honour their long service to the company. Read more

(L-r) Steve Reed, Heather Williamson and Director, Steve Ashworth.

GCA’s South Thames area winners revealed

The winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) South Thames regional awards were revealed during a presentation evening yesterday (Wednesday, July 26, 2017) at Castle Gardens in Dorset. Read more

Squires Garden Centre – Hersham

Woodlodge to skydive for Greenfingers!

Richard Newton and Abigail Stocker from Woodlodge Products will be taking to the skies to raise money for Greenfingers Charity on 17th September.  Read more

Richard Newton and Abigail Stocker from Woodlodge Products

Glee 2017: keynote speaker confirmed as award-winning garden journalist Nick Bailey

On Monday 11th September, Glee will be welcoming award-winning gardening journalist and TV presenter, Nick Bailey, to the stage as this year’s keynote speaker. Read more

Nick Bailey

Martin Vergien new Vice President and Managing Director of Coleman EMEA GmbH

New senior leadership at the Coleman EMEA Group: Martin Vergien has been promoted with immediate effect to become Vice President and Managing Director of Coleman EMEA GmbH. Through this promotion, he takes on responsibility for managing the brands belonging to the Newell Group (Coleman, Campingaz, Sevylor and Aerobed) in the EMEA region. Read more

Martin Vergien

New roles at Bransford Webbs

Adrian Marskell has officially taken on the role of Managing Director, following the departure of Geoff Caesar. Read more

Directors at Bransford Webbs

GCA Wales & West winners receive awards

The Old Railway Line Garden Centre scooped the most awards during the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) Wales & West regional awards evening yesterday (Thursday, July 13, 2017) at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Somerset. Read more

Ladies race for life and raise £245 for charity

Nine members of staff at a nursery in Hereford raised £245 for charity by taking part in the city's Race for Life event last Sunday (July 9, 2017). Read more

Wyevale Nurseries - Race for Life

Haskins promotes Andy Harriss to Senior Buyer

Haskins Garden Centres is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Harris from Garden Lifestyle Buyer to Gardening Senior Buyer. Read more

Andy Hariss

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. Read more

Simon Fraser

Society of Garden Designers announces new Vice Chair

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has appointed Sarah Morgan MSGD as its new Vice Chair working alongside SGD Chair, Philippa O'Brien MSGD. Read more

Sarah Morgan MSGD is the new Vice Chair.

Briers strengthens supply chain with expanded sales team

Fashion-led garden clothing and giftware company Briers has further increased investment in its sales management team, with new team members added following on from appointments made throughout the year to strengthen the supply chain. Read more

Tara Truman - Key Account Manager

Farplants continues to grow with new Account Manager appointments

To support growing sales and the demand for their new ranges, leading outdoor plant supplier The Farplants Group, bolsters its team with two new staff members. Read more

Zoe Bruce

Finalists named for fifth edition of highly acclaimed PetQuip Awards

The prestigious PetQuip Awards and gala presentation evening is to celebrate its fifth year on the first evening of PATS Telford. The awards are acclaimed across the pet industry and attract a wide range of suppliers, retailers and press to the presentation dinner and party and the organisers are excited to have the opportunity to present the exhibition’s own new product awards at this vibrant and popular evening. Read more

Forthglade celebrate winning the Marketing Campaign of the Year in 2016.

Glendale Horticulture appoint new production manager

Glendale Horticulture is pleased to announce that Munya Verenga has joined the team as production manager for their midlands nurseries, effective from July 2017. Read more

Munya Verenga

Chris Bowles to step down as Director and Shareholder of Bowles & Wyer

After nearly a quarter of a century with landscape design and build company Bowles & Wyer, co-founder Chris Bowles is stepping down as a director and shareholder. Read more

Chris Bowles

GCA North Thames award winners announced

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Thursday, July 27) unveiled its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Ayletts Nurseries in Hertfordshire. Read more

Perrywood Garden Centre

Rising Stars shortlist announced

The final 12 candidates in the Rising Stars class of 2017 have been announced. There was friendly rivalry at both the Westland/GCA Rising Stars North and South masterclass earlier this month, when all presented the results of their projects to the group, showing they have driven sales across spring as a result of their learning. Read more

Monkton Elm Garden Centre

GCA award winners announced for Midlands area

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Tuesday, July 25, 2017) received awards for the Midlands region at a presentation hosted by Planters Garden Centre - Tamworth. Read more

Webbs, Wychbold

The Klondyke Group promotes Andy Smith to group head of purchasing

The Klondyke Group has announced the promotion of Andy Smith from Senior Plant Buyer to Group Head of Purchasing. Andy will step into his new role from 1st September 2017. Read more

GCA reveals N.East and N.West regional winners

North East and North West regional members of The Garden Centre Association (GCA) are celebrating after picking up awards during a presentation evening yesterday (Wednesday, July 19, 2017) at Klondyke Strikes Wilmslow Garden Centre. Read more

Bents Garden & Home

The future looks bright for HPW Architecture

HPW Architecture (“HPW”), the Hampshire based architectural practice with a growing reputation for cutting edge, low energy, sustainable design, announces a new corporate structure as the business begins a new phase in its development. Four new directors have also been appointed, giving key members of staff a greater role in HPW’s future. Read more

L-R: Alan Powell, John Lee, Paul Stansfield, Gary Wilburn, Ben Jepson, Alex Urquhart.

New area sales manager joins Vitax

Following a period of sustained growth, Vitax has added to its sales team with the appointment of a new area sales manager to work across the South West. Read more

Daniel Wilkinson, Vitax’s md - welcoming new joint area sales manager Julian Franklin.

HTA is to recruit a chairman, a figurehead for the industry

The HTA is to complete its restructuring by recruiting a part-time chairman to be the figurehead that speaks for the industry.  Read more

Adam Wigglesworth

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