Charles Campion & Sarah Dunning to speak at the HTA Catering Conference and Dinner 9 - 10 June 2015

Charles Campion, food critic and MasterChef judge, has been announced as the Keynote Speaker on day one of the HTA Catering Conference 2015, which takes place on 9 and 10 June 2015 at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. Read more

Charles Campion

Closer links are vital says new GIMA president

Colin Wetherley Mein, new president of GIMA, hopes to add services such as a buying group and barometer of trade for GIMA members. He also wants to continue building links with the rest of the industry. Read more

Colin Wetherley Mein, new president of GIMA

Sara Murray appointed as Trans-Continental Group’s Buying Director

Trans-Continental Group has announced that Sara Murray has been appointed to the position of Buying Director. Read more

Sara Murray

4 Seasons Outdoor UK recruits Andrew Overton

Andrew Overton joins 4 Seasons Outdoor UK Ltd Read more

Homebase names Tesco director as new MD

The new Homebase MD is to be Echo Lu, a director at Tesco and formerly COO of Tesco China. Read more

Echo Lu

GCA reveals its new area chairmen

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has this month (March, 2015) revealed its new area chairmen who will represent member garden centres in each region. Read more

James Ducker, chairman for North East

Allensmore nurseries new sales team

Allensmore Nurseries Limited are pleased to announce that Gareth Powell has joined the company. Read more

Hannah Groome & Gareth Powell

Gardman CEO returns to drinks industry (Updated)

Stewart Hainsworth is leaving Gardman to return to the drinks industry where he spent most of his earlier career. Read more

Stuart Hainsworth

Jason Batley joins Glencrest Seatex as sales manager

Jason joins Glencrest Seatex as national sales manager taking over from Stephen Potter who has been appointed sales director. Jason is an important part of the expansion at Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake. Read more

Jason Batley joins Glencrest Seatex as sales manager

New marketing manager at The Tildenet Group

The Tildenet Group appoints new marketing manager. Read more

Angus Lewis has joined the Bristol based Tildenet Group as marketing manager

Steven is appointed sales director

Steve Potter has been Glencrest sales manager for some time now and the company is please to appoint him to the board of directors. Read more

Steven Potter

Jim Carter & Imelda Staunton OBE host Greenfingers fundraising dinner

Renowned and much-loved actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton OBE hosted an exclusive fundraising pledge dinner for the small horticultural charity Greenfingers last Friday night, in the beautiful surroundings of Clifton Nurseries in London’s Little Venice. Read more

Former RHS Head of Operations charged with theft

Former head of operations at the RHS is accused of conspiracy to steal almost £700,000 from the charity over 10 years. Read more

Westminster Magistrates Court

GCA chair says first year of tenure a success thanks to sharing

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Chairman Will Armitage marked the end of his first year in office at the organisation’s annual conference with much to rejoice. Read more

Will Armitage, Chairman of the GCA

Hagedorn axes Martin Breddy

Martin Breddy, who headed Scotts Miracle-Gro in the UK, has been axed as Jim Hagedorn continues to streamline his senior management team. Read more

Sheila Hill will be in charge of UK operations

Smart 2014 Sales Team Winners Announced

Smart Garden Products are pleased to announce that the winning Sales Team for 2014 is Workforce Agencies Ltd for its fantastic achievement in the North West territory, headed by Sam Thornley. Read more

Winning Sales Team for 2014 is Workforce Agencies

Nigel Thompson is to join MorePeople

Nigel Thompson, former marketing director at The Stewart Company, is to join MorePeople as an associate director.  Read more

Nigel Thompson

Blue Diamond's Richard Hemans is appointed Chartered Director

Richard Hemans, Group Finance Director of Blue Diamond Garden Centre Group, has successfully gained admission as a Chartered Director, the Institute of Director’s prestigious and practical qualification for company directors and board members, following a rigorous process that has taken over two years. Read more

Richard Hemans, Group Finance Director of Blue Diamond Garden Centre Group

AIPH appoints new Vice President and Marketing Committee Chair

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has appointed a new Vice President as well as a Chair of the AIPH Marketing Committee. Read more

Prof. Zhang Qixiang

Dave William Stafford Rest In Peace

Dave Stafford passed away peacefully on the 26th March 2015 at the age of 71, with his family by his side.  Dave fought a brave fight against kidney cancer over the last 15 months, yet his death was mercifully quick. Read more

Adrian promoted to Garden Design & Domestic Landscape Sales Manager

Adrian Hoare from Dilwyn in Herefordshire has this month (March, 2015) been promoted to Garden Design & Domestic Landscape Sales Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford. Read more

Adrian Hoare

Mr Fothergill's Jon-Paul Schofield a salesman for all seasons

Mr Fothergill's Seeds has appointed Jon-Paul Schofield as salesman for its territory comprising a corridor either side of the A1 from Lincolnshire in the north to London in the south. Read more

Jon-Paul Schofield

Rebecca Spreckley joins Town & Country

Town & Country has appointed Rebecca Spreckley to the position of National Account Manager. Read more

Rebecca Spreckley, National Account Manager

Forthcoming Great Yorkshire Show leader announced

The man who will lead the Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live into the next decade has been announced. Charles Mills, who farms near York, will succeed Bill Cowling as Honorary Show Director, at the close of this year’s Great Yorkshire on Thursday 16 July. Read more

Charles Mills (left) and Bill Cowling at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate

Adam Frost joins HTA Board

Landscape and Garden Designer, Adam Frost has joined the HTA Board as a Director. Read more

Landscape and Garden Designer, Adam Frost has joined the HTA Board as a Director

New chair elected for Growing Media Association

Steve Harper (Sales Director of Gardman and previously of Bord na Mona, Vital Earth and William Sinclair Horticulture) has been elected as the first Independent Chair of the GMA. Read more

Steve Harper elected as the first Independent Chair of the GMA.

Garden centre owner Sheila Clarke dies

A tribute to Sheila Clarke, joint owner of Orchard Park Garden Centre in Dorset and passionate campaigner for British rare breeds, has died, aged 82. Read more

Sheila Clarke with Louis

Alyson Haywood leaves Wyevale

Alyson Haywood leaves Wyevale today, months after she had been named the group’s horticultural quality manager.  Read more

And the Rising Stars winner is……….

Kirsty Clark was revealed last night as the winner of the Westland/GCA Rising Star of 2014. Read more

Kirsty from Perrywood Garden Centre in Essex pictured in the centre

Supplier team conquers at Roman Games

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) are celebrating after being crowned the winners of the Roman Games and raising £10,000 in aid of Greenfingers. Read more

Greenfingers Challenge Cup 2015

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