Green-tech’s headcount is on the rise

Green-tech has announced that it has strengthened its team once more.  Four new faces join the team at their newly built premises at Rabbit Hill Business Park in North Yorkshire. Read more

L to R: James McNeill, Mandy Shires, Sharon Finlayson and Josh Forster.

Charlie Hackling-Searle appointed BeefEater Barbecues UK sales manager

BeefEater Barbecues have announced the appointment of Charlie Hackling-Searle as their UK & Ireland sales manager. Hackling-Searle joins BeefEater after a successful time as key accounts manager with La Hacienda. Read more

Charlie Hackling-Searle, UK & Ireland sales manager

Smart Garden Products has recently appointed Simon Barry as Supply Chain Manager

Smart Garden Products has recently appointed Simon Barry as Supply Chain Manager, where he is responsible for optimising product availability, managing supplier performance and working with the NPD team to maintain high levels of product quality. Read more

 Simon Barry, Supply Chain Manager

Meadow View Stone strengthen their extensive sales team

Meadow View Stone have strengthened their extensive sales team with the appointment of two further sales agents, who will be responsible for developing and promoting the Meadow View brand in the South East and East Anglia Regions. Read more

James Worby

Bob Jennings made ‘Honorary Life Member’ of the European Fencing Industry Association (EFIA)

Founder of the ‘European Fencing Industry Association’ (EFIA), Bob Jennings, has been made an honorary life member by the trade association.  Turning 90 years old this May and with a career spanning more than 60 years in the Fencing Industry, Bob Jennings has been at the forefront of industry standards and progression. Read more

Bob Jennings

Glendale Horticulture has strengthened its sales team

Glendale Horticulture has strengthened its sales team with the introduction of two new sales account managers for the North and the South East Read more

Peter Broadbelt

Why didn’t someone ring me to sort it out?

Who is holding back the business and who is getting it right. Derek Bunker of Altons Garden Centre tells suppliers at GIMA. Read more

Derek Bunker

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

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

Wyevale’s new management team

Wyevale’s management team has a very new look with four new board directors, including CEO Roger Mclaughlan. Read more

Royal seal of approval for graduate entrepreneur

A graduate from Northumbria University has received Royal approval from HRH The Duke of York for his business enterprise selling environmentally friendly gardening products. Read more

Northumbria graduate Dan Robson with the Duke of York.

Nicholas wins Peter Williamson Travel Award

Nicholas Russell from Pershore College has recently (May, 2016) been presented with Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award. Read more

(L-R) Heather Williamson, Nicholas Russell and Steve Ashworth present the Peter Williamson Travel Aw

Steve Kindon to host the GIMA Charity Golf Day

This year’s GIMA Charity Golf Day will be hosted by one of the genuine "characters" of football, Steve Kindon.  As a keen golfer, Steve will join players on the course and host the prize giving and auction in the evening, taking place on Thursday 9th June at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort. Read more

Steve Kindon

Changing of the guard at Squire’s

Dennis Espley retires today after a distinguished 30 year career at Squire’s.  He will be succeeded by the former head of Scotts Miracle-Gro in the UK, Martin Breddy. Read more

Dennis Espley

Burgon & Ball strengthens sales & marketing team

Burgon and Ball, the UK’s longest-established manufacturer of garden tools and accessories, is strengthening its support for trade customers with three new appointments in its sales and marketing team. Read more

Ruth Posey, Gavin Thomas and Alison Edwards, the new sales and marketing appointments

GIMA announces new council

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM took place on April at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, with over 80 members in attendance. During the proceedings the following appointments were announced. Read more

The GIMA council

Blue Diamond’s Stuart Whalley is promoted to Head of Product Development

Blue Diamond today announces that Stuart Whalley has been appointed as Head of Product Development (Gardening and Leisure). Read more

Stuart Whalley has been appointed as Head of Product Development (Gardening and Leisure).

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

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

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