Fred Sirieix and Henry Dimbleby to speak at HTA Catering Conference

The ‘Art of Service’ by Fred Sirieix and ‘How to serve food that both tastes good and does you good’ by Henry Dimbleby, are the two leading topics for the keynote speaker sessions at the HTA Catering Conference. Read more

Changes strengthen Wyevale’s retail credentials

Anthony Jones is to replace Nils Steinmeyer as Wyevale’s chief financial officer.  He’s seasoned in the consumer turnaround environment.  This follows the change of CEO announced last month. Read more

Anthony Jones

Blue Diamond celebrates

Blue Diamond rolled out the red carpet on Wednesday, 16th March, hosting their 6th Annual Blue Diamond Awards, with Newbridge Nurseries taking the top award. Read more

Garden Centre of the Year - Newbridge Nurseries

Ann-Marie Powell appointed creative director of the London Flower Show 2016

Award-winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and author, Ann-Marie Powell has been appointed as a Creative Director for the inaugural London Flower Show, which runs from the 8th – 11th September 2016. Read more

Award-winning garden designer, TV gardening presenter, journalist and , Ann-Marie Powell.

Leading plant supplier Johnsons of Whixley enjoys open week success

Leading national plant supplier Johnsons Garden Centre Sales, part of the York-based Johnsons of Whixley Group, hosted a successful open week for plant retail customers last week. Read more

(L-r): Steve Morrison, David Pointon and Andrew Corristine.

Tillington chairman retires

Harry McDermid, Chairman of the Tillington Group of Garden Centres has retired after 16 years at the helm. Read more

Harry McDermid

Bord Na Móna UK expands customer services

The continuing success of Bord na Móna Growise, the new single brand of peat to peat-free growing media and soil improvers, has now led to an expansion in the customer services department at BNM UK’s head office. Read more

Kevin Bradshaw to leave Wyevale

Terra Firma has appointed Toys “R” Us MD, Roger Mclaughlan, to succeed Kevin Bradshaw who is to move on from being CEO of Wyevale. Read more

Roger McLaughlan

Phil Kimberley - funeral details announced

Garden product retailers and manufacturer colleagues will be saddened to learn of the sudden death on Tuesday 1st March 2016 of Phil Kimberley.  His funeral will be held on March 17. Read more

Stephen Biden joins Gardeco as UK Sales Manager

Gardeco Ltd announce the appointment of Stephen Biden as their new UK Sales Manager. Read more

Stephen Biden

New Leaf Plants appoint new sales manager

Leading supplier of clematis and climbing plants, New Leaf Plants are pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Jeanes as sales manager for the Worcestershire based nursery. Read more

Andy Jeanes appointed as sales manager

Long Service Award celebrations at Forest Garden

Forest Garden is a company that is well renowned for providing market-leading garden timber products, but it also takes pride in offering its staff the opportunity to develop a long term career, and to become part of the company’s future development. Read more

Allensmore increase their creative team

Following another strong year of added value products sales growth in 2015, leading plant producers, Allensmore Nurseries have announced the appointment of two new members to their creative team. Read more

Stacey Gibson and Victoria Atkinson

Toolbank strengthens management team

Toolbank has strengthened its senior management team with the creation of a new role of Marketing Development Director. Simon Bicknell, currently Sales Director, is moving to fill the new position. Read more

Simon Bicknell takes on new role of a new role of marketing development director

Squire’s picks Breddy to follow Espley as MD

Martin Breddy, the former head of Scotts in the UK, is to become a retailer when he joins Squire’s as MD designate in May. Read more

Martin Breddy

Nigel Poyner leaves M&M Timber

Nigel Poyner, long time Managing Director of M&M Timber and one of the timber industry’s most notable figures, has left the 22 acre Worcestershire manufacturing plant he has developed over the last 15 years in order to seek pastures new. Read more

New PR/brand managers for Suttons & Dobies of Devon

Suttons and Dobies of Devon will be welcoming two new PR/ Brand Managers in to the fold, who will take over the PR from Francijn Suermondt as of Monday 21st March.  Read more

Daniele Van Cauter - PR/Brand Manager Dobies

Dog Rocks appoints new Head of Sales

Dog Rocks Distribution Ltd has announced the appointment of Louise Wilkins as their new Head of Sales Read more

Louise Wilkins - new Head of Sales

Pat Adams parts with the GCA

After 20 years with the GCA, administrator, Pat Adams has left. No decision has been made on her replacement. Read more

Pat Adams on her Harley-Davidson

Jail warning for woman who stole £166,000 from a garden centre

Lynda Whalley helped herself to almost £166,000 over 9 years by falsifying the accounts at ACW garden centre in Bradford. Read more

Mark says cheese for Swiss experience

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust has announced this month (March, 2016) its first successful candidate to join the Study Tour Group at the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress. Read more

(L-r) Peter and Jill Nicholson, owners of Gordale Garden Centre and winner Mark Scott.

Society of Garden Designers announces new Vice Chairman

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has appointed Paul Hensey MSGD as its new Vice Chairman working alongside Philippa O'Brien MSGD who took on the role of Chair in 2014. Read more

Paul Hensey MSGD as sGD's new Vice Chairman

Zest 4 Leisure expand online management team

Zest 4 Leisure has appointed Simon Davison as Business 2 Business Online Manager to strengthen its online presence and new product development. Read more

 Simon Davison, Business 2 Business Online Manager

Tim Clapp transfers to Kingfisher

Tim Clapp has transferred to the B&Q parent company where he joins the Kingfisher unification project, taking control of plant and garden ranges across Europe. Read more

Tim Clapp

Fleur promoted to Smart Board

Fleur Morgan, formerly head of product development at Smart Garden Products, has joined the Board as Director of Category Management. Read more

Fleur Morgan

Webbs staff triumph at awards ceremony

Staff at Webbs, the award-winning family-owned garden centre business, celebrated another year of triumph with their own awards ceremony in Worcestershire. Read more

Winner of Colleagues of the Year Jane Cook of Webbs, West Hagleywith Ollie Nation, Finance Director

New board appointment for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Alford-Burnett as a non-executive director of the Company with effect from 1st February 2016. Read more

Patricia Alford-Burnett appointed as a non-executive director

Hawkesmill Nurseries expands the team with a new recruit

Following a period of rapid growth, Warwickshire based nursery Hawkesmill Nurseries is expanding with the appointment of Amanda York, to the role of Administration Assistant. Read more

Amanda York

M&M Timber shapes up for the future

M&M Timber announces a series of senior board appointments as part of major operational changes designed to take the company to the next level of its development in the increasingly competitive timber products market. Read more

Matthew Bent nominated for Young Director of the Year in IOD awards in the North West

Matthew Bent has been shortlisted for two awards in this year’s North West Institute of Director Awards. Read more

Matthew Bent

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