Ferry Breugem joins team Smiemans Projecten

Smiemans Projecten develops and builds many high-profile projects for commercial garden centres and other parties. In order to ensure that these projects continue keep their characteristic and innovative way, our team has recently been reinforced with Ferry Breugem. Read more

Ferry Breugem

GCA starts search for new inspector

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is this month (November, 2018) launching its search for a new inspector to help its members retain the very highest of standards in service and expertise. Read more

Iain Wylie

Sara helps to raise £3,500 for Bristol homeless charity

A Despatch and Stock Controller at one of the UK's leading commercial nurseries took part in a sleep out in Bristol last Thursday (November 15, 2018) and helped raise £3,500 for a homeless charity. Read more

Sara Bowie and Jo Lea-Jones

Stronger HTA Executive Team to drive member value

Following a review carried out by the Board of the HTA, the association’s Executive Team will be strengthened in line with anticipated member needs. Read more

Personnel changes at Neudorff

The end of the season has bought personnel changes to Neudorff UK with a long-serving member of staff retiring and another taking on extra responsibilities. Read more

Tony Loftus

Smart strengthens Head Office support in preparation for a bumper year!

Smart are delighted to announce the appointment of three new team members to strengthen their Head Office Sales functions. Read more

Left to right: Karen Gorski, Piotr Bury, Ana Beunza

New elho group board member

This past summer, Melanie Meskers started her position as Chief Commercial Officer at elho. As a board member, Melanie is responsible for the commercial organisation of the elho group: the sales, marketing, product development, online and category management departments. Read more

Melanie Meskers

Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA

LOFA has announced that secretary Phil Gibbs left the association on Friday 19th October as a new look board explores new opportunities for the association. Read more

VegTrug appoint two new team members to expand VegTrug Europe GmbH

VegTrug Limited have recently appointed two additional team members to support growth of VegTrug Europe GmbH; Petrus Lahm, Sales Representative & Rebecca de Winter, Inside Sales Manager. Read more

Rebecca de Winter

Hear more about Life at No 27 at HTA Marketing Forum

Annabelle Padwick, founder of Life at No.27 and ambassador for the gardening charity Thrive, has been announced as the latest speaker at the HTA’s upcoming Marketing Forum on 17 October. Read more

Annabelle Padwick

Desch Plantpak nominated for the 2018 ESF award!

Each year, the European Social Fund allocates subsidies to projects that promote people's development and health in a distinctive way. Ten projects were again nominated for the 2018 ESF Award this year, including Desch Plantpak, which is competing with its 'Veilig en vitaal’ project. Read more

Jeroen Heerkens

Cultivation St. Ambassador of the Year supported over 1,000 children

David Domoney congratulates this year’s Cultivation Street ambassador of the year, Dobbies’ Steven Purton, who regularly shares his expertise with a local charity, 4 schools, a college and a hospital to improve their communal spaces. Read more

David Domoney congratulates Steven Purton

Poundbury Gardens sows seeds for school garden competition success

Damers First School in Poundbury has been awarded second place in the School Garden category at this year’s Cultivation Street Competition, receiving £1,500 and 100 Calliope geraniums from the scheme, which recognises community garden projects across the UK. Read more

Damers First School in Poundbury

UK pet industry toasts a successful year at glittering PetQuip awards event

Twenty-two companies receive awards and there’s a Special Lifetime Achievement Award for John James of James & Steel. Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award winner. John James (centre) with Peter Roy of sponsor Natures Menu and Am

Dr Paul Alexander joins Bulrush

Bulrush Horticulture are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Alexander as Technical Support and Product Development Manager. Read more

Dr. Paul Alexander

Darlac appoints new agents

Darlac, the cutting tools experts, are delighted to announce the arrival of two more agents to cover the South West and also Wales and the border counties. Read more

Peter Balacki

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds staff ‘Smarten Up’ to raise money as part of a £16,000 pledge for BBC Children in Need

Staff at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds dressed up for the occasion last week to help raise money for BBC Children in Need. Tim Jeffries, Mr Fothergill’s Commercial Director donated £1 for each person who came to work wearing a tie, an idea which came about as he is normally the only person to wear one in the office! Read more

Koelnmesse parts company with Katharina C. Hamma

Koelnmesse, operator of spoga+gafa in Cologne has parted company with its COO citing a strategic difference of views. Read more

Katharina C. Hamma

Smart expands their sales teams

With the business growing at an exceptional pace, Smart have invested further in expanding their sales teams. Read more

Pictured left to right: Dan Twidle, Carl Beiersdorf, Louise Craven.

Former English rugby player and coach unveiled for 2019 GCA conference

Former English rugby player and coach Sir Clive Woodward OBE has been announced (November, 2018) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton in January (January 20 until 23, 2019). Read more

Sir Clive Woodward

Smart invests in new product development and supply chain

Smart are delighted to announce further investment in their New Product Development and Supply Chain teams, with the appointment of Michelle Lee as Category Management Co-Ordinator and Darren Bailey as Supply Analyst & Planner. Read more

Darren Bailey and Michelle Lee.

HTA Pearson Medal awarded to Baroness Fookes

This year the HTA has awarded The Pearson Memorial Medal to Baroness Fookes, the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) recognising her outstanding services to horticulture. Read more

HTA President Adam Taylor presents The Pearson Memorial Medal to Baroness Fookes

New appointment brings a bright outlook for Vitax in Scotland

Vitax Limited is continuing with its recruitment drive with the appointment of a new area sales manager for Scotland. Read more

James Miller

Reflections of a six packer at the IPPS European Conference

Thomas Everard, 19, an apprentice at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has recently attended the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Read more

Thomas Everard

New sales structure for AMES UK

Richard Pyrah, AMES UK Group Sales Director has announced the creation of a new sales structure designed to support the planned growth strategy for the business. In recent months, the acquisitions, firstly of La Hacienda, Kelkay and more recently Anchor Fast, have resulted in an overlapping network of sales representatives. Read more

6 pack award winner for Bransford Webbs

Thomas Everard, from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, has won a place on the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference, taking place this year in The Zundert Region of the Netherlands. Read more

Thomas Everard

GCA Trust sponsored delegates return from ‘inspirational’ IGCA Congress in Czech Republic

Squires Garden Centres’ Matt Tanner and Klondyke Group’s Jayne Scott who were sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress are back from their trip (October 2018). Read more

Matt Tanner, Squires GC & Jayne Scott, Klondyke Group with Sue Allen, Chairman of the GCA Trust.

Colin Wetherley-Mein confirmed as GIMA Membership Ambassador

Former Vitax National Sales Manager and GIMA President, Colin Wetherley-Mein has recently joined the team at GIMA as Membership Ambassador, helping to boost the trade associations relationship with its members and to communicate its many member benefits. Read more

Colin Wetherley-Mein

Speakers announced for SGD Autumn Conference

Five internationally acclaimed designers each renowned for the way in which they use geometry in their work, have been announced for the SGD Autumn Conference ‘Geometry – new angles on gardens & landscape’ taking place on 17th November at the Royal Geographical Society in London.   Read more

Italian designer Cristina Mazzucchelli.

Haskins Garden Centre employee announced as runner-up in Cultivation Street’s Ambassador competition

Sophie Lyall, customer services assistant at Haskins Garden Centre in West End has been announced as a runner-up in Cultivation Street’s national ambassador competition. Read more

Sophie Lyall, Haskins GC employee is runner-up in Cultivation Street's Ambassador competition.

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