Steve Harper to work with the magical marketing team at Maryanne Stokes Limited

Steve will work with Maryanne Stokes Limited as an associate business consultant after a career heading up Bord na Mona UK and Vital Earth, driving sales at Gardman and Sinclair and working for various other blue chip manufacturers. Read more

Steve Harper

Treadstone Products strengthens team with new UK Head of Garden Retail

Treadstone Products has strengthened its UK sales team with the promotion of Matt Thompson to UK Head of Garden Retail. Read more

Matt Thompson

Maryanne Stokes fires up her branding department

Following a period of rapid growth, Somerset-based PR and marketing agency Maryanne Stokes Limited (MSL) is expanding its service offering with a new consultant joining the team. Read more

Sarah Greenaway

Zest 4 Leisure Iron Men in Poland

Zest 4 Leisure Iron Men take on the Polish Iron Man challenge Read more

Steve Morgan on his bike

Sales person of the year

Stormafit Ltd are pleased to present the sale person of the year award to Richard and Nathan Foster Read more

The death is announced of John Pearson, chairman and co-founder of Burston Nurseries

John Pearson, the chairman and co-founder of Burston Nurseries, Burston Rose & Garden Centre and Hertfordshire Fisheries in St Albans passed away on Saturday 25th July, aged 87. Read more

John Pearson in his beloved Spitfire

New lighting cuts annual running costs at Webbs by £29,000

Most garden centres don't realise how much money they could be saving by changing over to LED lighting.  Read more

Kelkay appoints Jonathan Wilson manufacturing manager

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, has appointed Jonathan Wilson to the position of manufacturing manager. Read more

 Jonathan Wilson appointed as the new manufacturing manager

The changing retail landscape and the weather – on the agenda for HTA Garden Futures

Homebase Managing Director Echo Lu has joined the line-up for the HTA Garden Futures Conference which takes place on 30 September at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. Read more

Echo Lu

Bush Tucker Bent celebrates new look centre

Matthew Bent took first prize in the Bush Tucker Trial at a party to celebrate the new look Bents Garden & Home. Read more

MD Matthew Bent (R) tucks into the Bush Tucker

Introducing our new flower expert

Suttons Seeds have always been at the top of their game when it comes to sourcing superb flower varieties....and not just varieties either, their flower product managers have also been the pick of the bunch too! Read more

Charlotte Newitt, the Flower Product Manager

David Yardley is to succeed Bob Hewitt as CX of Klondyke

Garden centre group, Klondyke prepares the way for David Yardley to succeed Bob Hewitt as chief executive at the end of next year. Read more

Bob Hewitt (L) and David Yardley

Woodlodge expand their team

Chris Brookman has joined Woodlodge Products as their new Sales & Development Manager. Read more

Chris Brookman has joined Woodlodge as their new Sales & Development Manager.

Two new speakers announced for Plant Retailing - Fit for the Future?

Neil Grant, Ferndale Garden Centre and Graham Spencer, Plants for Europe are the latest speakers to join the line-up for Plant Retailing, Fit for the Future, sponsored by XL Horticulture, which takes place during the Ball Colegrave 2015 Summer Showcase 14th July 2015. Read more

Neil Grant

Charles Notcutt a pioneer of garden retail has died

Charles Notcutt has died peacefully at home, aged 81.  He was a pioneer in establishing retail garden centres and the production of container grown plants in the UK.    Read more

Smart Garden Products strengthens Sales Team

Smart Garden Products have strengthened their sales team with the appointment of Nick Lamin as National Sales Manager to take over from Hannah Beckwith who has been promoted to the role of National Account Manager. Read more

Fiskars appoint Richard Carr as new Commercial Director for UK

Richard Carr joins brand leader Fiskars to lead the company's growth plans as Commercial Director of the UK business. Read more

Richard Carr, Fiskars new Commercial Director

Garland-Worth Gardening 'Sales Agent of the Year' award

Impressive sales increase results in Tony Robson scooping Garland/Worth Gardening ‘sales agent of the year’ award. Read more

1.	Tony Robson (left) receives the ‘Agent of the Year’ award from operations director, Tony Dedm

Steve Harper has left Gardman

Sales director Steve Harper has left Gardman but a suggestion that this is linked to an acquisition of Solus brands seems not to be true. Read more

Steve Harper

Kelkay appoints Alan Sheppard to lead UK sales department

 

Alan Sheppard, a GIMA council member and garden retail industry professional with 27 years’ experience, has joined Kelkay to build on its close relationships with garden centre groups across the UK. Read more

Alan Sheppard

Kelkay appoints Richard Slade to senior management role 

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, continues to grow as Richard Slade joins the company as building products divisional director. Read more

 Richard Slade joins Kelkay as building products divisional director

GCA Trust award goes to Capel Manor student Sian

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust has recently (July, 2015) given out its annual award for Exceptional Plant Knowledge. Read more

 Sian Davis receives her GCA Trust award from Carol Paris, Chief Executive of the HTA

September thanksgiving service for Charles Notcutt

A service of Thanksgiving in memory of Charles Notcutt will be held on Friday 11th September 2015 at Woodbridge.  For details - Read more

Introducing our new technical advisor

Its nice to know that Suttons Seeds not only inspire new staff to join their company from as far afield as Lithuania and Seville, but also from their own region of Devon. Read more

Christine Loader, the new Suttons Technical Advisor

New President makes society history

For the first time in the history of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society the wife of a former President is following in her husband’s footsteps.   Read more

 Mrs Sarah York new proesident of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Isan Khan joins Gardeco!

Gardeco Ltd are delighted to welcome Isan Khan as the latest member of their sales force. Read more

John Ashley appointed as new Greenfingers chairman and Greenfingers launch ‘A Million Moments’ Appeal

John Ashley has today been officially named as the new Chairman of Greenfingers – the nationwide charity dedicated to creating inspiring outdoor spaces for children in hospices around the country also announce a major new appeal. Read more

John Ashley with outgoing Chairman Matthew Wilson

Rising Stars deliver during second Masterclass

The RISING Stars class of 2015 attended the second GCA/Westland Merchandising Masterclass of the programme at Barton Grange Garden Centre near Preston. Read more

Liz steps down from GCA’s inspector role

Garden Centre Association (GCA) inspector Liz Hutson is standing down from her role this year – with her final official engagement for the industry body at its annual conference next year (2016). Read more

Liz Hutson

Landscaper order books lengthen

A six month trading statement from Marshalls, the landscape and paving manufacturer, shows an 11% increase in sales and longer order books for installers.

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