HTA seek to appoint as Briercliffe joins AIPH

The HTA is recruiting for a senior role as current Director of Business Development, Tim Briercliffe, is joining the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) as Secretary General. Read more

Two-year-old nursery blossoms in young horticultural hands

A rare industry success story is emerging from a corner of Cumbria where a new nursery is blossoming in the hands of two young horticulturalists. Read more

Career change pays off as single mum takes on more staff and moves to larger premises

An ex teacher, then full time mum who retrained as a garden designer, has taken on more staff and moved to larger premises in Cranbrook, Kent. Read more

Three wheelbarrows, 60 miles, two days, two bulls and a lot of mud

To celebrate Garden Re-leaf Day 2013, staff members from The Gardens Group and volunteers last week completed The Big Push. Read more

Millbrook launches its new rewards programme

Managing Director, Tammy Woodhouse, launches Millbrooks new rewards programme this month. Read more

Steve Harper joins Bord na Mona

Steve Harper, who resigned as MD of Vital Earth in December, has taken control of UK operations of Bord na Mona. See more... Read more

Allen Evans of Decco Ipswich celebrates 50 years’ service

A landmark 50 years’ service was recently celebrated by Allen Evans of Decco Ipswich. Read more

Hillier celebrates job-creating refurbishment by handing £35,202 to charity

Hillier Garden Centre is celebrating the results of its refurbishment programme, which has contributed to improved sustainability and increased employment in Horsham. Read more

Maxted to leave as HTA restructures

Andrew Maxted, Director of Marketing, is to leave the HTA as it restructures in order to cut costs. See more... Read more

Stephen Potter joins Glencrest Seatex as National Sales Manager

Stephen Potter follows Dylan Cole both formerly with Alexander Rose as their National Sales Manager. Steven says he is very excited about this move to such a reputable company. Read more

South Yorkshire fish food expert lands its largest order for world’s largest oceanarium

New Era Aquaculture, the South Yorkshire-based fish diets expert, has further enhanced its status on the global stage by landing its largest ever order for the world’s newest and largest oceanarium. Read more

Leaner company results from new merger

Kent-based Provender Nurseries was formed on 2 January 2013, following a merger between Wyevale East Nurseries and East Horticulture. The new company is now benefitting from a number of improvements introduced by Gosport-based Lean business specialists Fedden USP, recently Highly Commended in the Small/Medium Business of the Year category of The Portsmouth News Business Excellence Awards. Read more

Bank advertising campaign appearance benefits Greenfingers charity for hospice gardens

To thank Julian Winfield, the Chief Executive of Dorset based Haskins Garden Centres, for representing one of four businesses featured in Santander’s recent national advertising campaign, including a promotional video, the bank offered to donate £1000 to a charity of his choice. Read more

Agility for office manager and her dog

Nicky has been with Durstons for 8 years and when she is not busy in the sales office she spends her spare time doing voluntary work for the Somerset branch of the National Animal Welfare Trust, Heaven’s Gate Farm. Read more

MorePeople is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Fitzmaurice as Recruitment Director

As Recruitment Director, Andrew will have day to day leadership and operational responsibility for the whole recruitment team as well as direct recruitment responsibility for a variety of roles, including senior level commercial, procurement, finance, HR and IT positions. Read more

Tim Briercliffe is to leave the HTA

Shortly having been given an enhanced role with the HTA, Tim Briercliffe is to leave the association to become secretary general of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). See more... Read more

Tom Chambers complete a management and sales restructure

Tom Chambers Ltd, the long established supplier of bird care and wrought iron garden ranges are pleased to announce the completion of a number of new appointments to their sales and management team. Read more

Matthew Mein takes the helm ahead of Glee 2013

Event organisers, i2i, have revealed that the show will now continue under the watchful eye of Matthew Mein, who has been appointed as Glee’s event manager. Read more

Conna and Dean make profitable changes for Haskins

Layout suggestions made by Conna Powles, the new buying director at Haskins, have boosted sales.  She is pictured with retail operations manager Dean Ridley, who implemented the changes. Read more

Pauline Pears of Garden Organic retires after working for the charity for 35 years

Pauline Pears first joined the organisation - then known as the Henry Doubleday Research Association - as a research assistant in 1977. At that time, she was working for the charity’s founder Lawrence D Hills at a one-acre site in Bocking, Essex. Read more

Garden centre raises £400 during Garden Re-Leaf Day

Staff at a Powys garden centre raised more than £400 last week (Friday, March 8, 2013) during Garden Re-Leaf Day. Read more

New Chair at the helm of Growing Media Association

The recent Growing Media Association (GMA) annual general meeting saw Jamie Robinson of Westland elected as its new Chair and Charles Farmer of Bord na Mona as Vice Chairman for the next two years. Read more

Leading outdoor furniture company uncovers wealth of university design talent

A talented student from Birmingham City University is set to see his design turn into reality after winning a competition by leading outdoor furniture company Hartman UK. Read more

Cake for customers as Haskins Roundstone Garden Centre celebrates 1st anniversary

Regular customers who visit the Haskins Garden Centre at Roundstone near Worthing were astounded to be asked to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the £12 million new centre and restaurant. Read more

Here come the Hortsteppers…

A team of intrepid (or perhaps naïve) colleagues from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) are taking on the challenge of a lifetime walking 100km (62 miles) for charity. Read more

Haskins Garden Centre supports ex Remploy employee back into work

The closure of any business always has a profound effect on the workforce. But the impact on the hundreds of people with learning difficulties who worked at the recently closed Remploy factory units across the UK has created deeper concerns. Read more

Bira award gives Durstons a boost

Somerset based Durston Garden Products was given a real boost last week when the company took home a coveted British Independent Retailer Association (bira) award. Read more

Planting the seeds of success with Investors in People through Lantra

RV Roger Ltd, a family owned nursery based in Pickering, North Yorkshire, is pleased to announce that it has successfully achieved Investors in People accreditation through Lantra. Read more

Glee show director adds Autumn Fair to his portfolio

Internal restructuring within the i2i group has increased the responsibilities of Glee show director, Nick Davison.  He now has the additional responsibility of the Autumn Fair. Read more

Klondyke founder's will is published

Bob Gault, founder of the Klondyke garden centre group, left an estate valued at £16.7m when he died in February 2011. See more... Read more

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