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

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

Hale appoints trade show marketing manager

Cait Daniels, of Ginger Creations, has taken on the role of marketing manager for Hale Events. Read more

Cait Daniels new marketing manager for Hale Events.

Fundraisers celebrate £14,109 donation to Marie Curie Appeal

Staff and Fundraisers have celebrated a record breaking donation of £14,109.19p at the Stewarts Garden Centres in Christchurch and Broom hill near Wimborne. Read more

Terry Head presents cheque to  Lorraine Nutland with the fundraisers.

Delamore Gear charity 10k run

Delamore are running for Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer's Society and are recruiting runners and sponsors for the team. Read more

Gardman appoint James Brindle as Business Development Director

Experienced sales executive James Brindle has re-joined Gardman as the company’s Business Development Director. Read more

James Brindle

Dan Williams joins Hillier as Head of Restaurants

Dan Williams joins the Hillier team in Ampfield in February to head up the restaurant division of the garden centre business. Read more

Dan Williams

Past chairmen return to honour GCA’s 50th anniversary

GCA chairmen from as early as 1967 returned to celebrate the GCA’s 50th anniversary. Read more

Bayer Garden appoints Christina Bouzala to drive brand strategy 

Consumer specialist Christina Bouzala has joined Bayer Garden as Group Brand Manager with the remit of driving a consumer led brand strategy across the company’s garden care portfolio.   Read more

Future of garden centres in the hands of a new shopper

Leading consumer and shopper behaviouralist Ken Hughes is speaking at the 2016 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference next week (January 24 until 27, 2016) to talk about the customer of the future. Read more

Leading consumer and shopper behaviouralist Ken Hughes.

Jekka McVicar and Jamie Butterworth announced as new RHS ambassadors

Jekka McVicar of Jekka’s Herb Farm, and Jamie Butterworth of Young-Hort, were today announced as new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Ambassadors at the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show press conference in London. Read more

Jekka McVicar of Jekka’s Herb Farm

Vitax appoints new south-east area sales manager

In preparation for a bumper 2016, Vitax Limited is set to welcome a new south-east area manager this January. Read more

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

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

Rosebourne appoints experienced horticultural buyer

Rosebourne starts a recruitment drive before opening its first site in August, promising a new benchmark in garden centres. Read more

Adam Dorber

Poundland launches £1 gardening range by Charlie Dimmock

Poundland has just introduced the Charlie Dimmock gardening range with a wide variety of gardening essentials, both practical and decorative, all at its famous £1 price point. Read more

Barrie King is appointed as Kelkay’s logistics manager

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, has appointed Barrie King to the position of logistics manager. Read more

Barrie King

James Clovis appointed to reinvigorate Sinclair Professional

JamesClovis has been appointed as Head of Sinclair Professional division. Read more

James Clovis

And the Rising Stars winner is……….

Sophie Liebthal has been revealed as the winner of the Westland/GCA Rising Star of 2015. Read more

(L-R): Julian Winfield, Keith Nicholson, Sophie Liebthal and Hal Cruttenden (photo GTN)

Chris Ramsden and Lolly Lee are moving to new jobs

Chris Ramsden is leaving Suttons for Hozelock at the end of February and Lolly Lee is leaving Gardman for Petface. Read more

Chris Ramsden

HTA Technology Conference – Using technology to grow

The exciting line-up continues to grow for the HTA Technology Conference on 24 February at Cranmore Park, Solihull. Read more

Jo Hailey

New area sales manager for Town & Country

The UK’s leading gardening gloves and footwear supplier, Town & Country, has appointed a new area sales manager for the South East region. Read more

Town & Country appoints Vicky Shine.

La Hacienda meet Trade & Investment Minister at the Foreign Office to boost exports

La Hacienda Directors, John & Simon Goodwin and Export Manager, Mike Darlington, attended a private meeting at the Foreign Office. Read more

La Hacienda Ministeria meeting

Hortus Loci young gun Jamie Butterworth made an RHS Ambassador

21 year old Jamie Butterworth becomes a Royal Horticultural Society Ambassador and join luminaries such Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry who were respectively the 1st and most recently appointed RHS Ambassadors. Read more

 Jamie Butterworth officially becomes a Royal Horticultural Society Ambassador

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