GCA members raise a wee dram in celebration of awards

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has recently (August 22, 2012) revealed the Best in Area winners for Scotland and Northern Ireland at an awards presentation evening. Read more

Experienced Marketeer Joins New Era at an Exciting Time

New Era, the Doncaster-based fish food specialist, has appointed a marketing manager with abundant sales and marketing expertise to take full advantage of the company’s latest and impending advances within the aquaculture marketplace. Read more

Nigel Gaffney joins Hortipak

Nigel Gaffney is the latest addition to the Hortipak team, employed as Account Manager to grow labelling and POS sales in the North East of England and Ireland. Read more

John Grayson appointed as Managing Director for Fiskars UK & Ireland

Fiskars, leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors, has today appointed John Grayson as new Managing Director for Fiskars UK. Read more

Till operator jailed for stealing from garden centre

A sales assistant, who stole thousands of pounds over several years while operating the till at a garden centre, has been jailed for 8 weeks. See more... Read more

New DG will be asked to make HTA fit for the future

The HTA has started the search for a new Director General – See Jobforum. The new DG will be expected to make it more relevant and more financially robust; and to represent the trade in the political arena. See more... Read more

Non exec post for Notcutts chief executive

Andy King, Chief Executive of Notcutts since 2007, is to become a non-executive director at Topps Tiles, the UK's largest tile and wood flooring specialist. See more… Read more

Gardenforum's Review of 2011

Gardenforum's Review of 2011 tracks the year's trading and events. It also shows the high number of garden centres and nurseries that are investing despite the difficult economy. This review is open for all to read, see more... Read more

David Gwyther retires from the HTA

David Gwyther retired from the HTA on Friday and has left the association with immediate effect. See more... Read more

William Notcutt is stepping down from Notcutts

William Notcutt is to leave Notcutts at the end of this month to set up his own agriculture and forestry business. He will resign as deputy chairman of the Notcutts board. See more... Read more

ITV v BBC sets Titchmarsh v Monty Don

This Friday BBC Gardeners’ World will air at eight o'clock bringing it in direct conflict with Alan Titchmarsh's new Love Your Garden programme. ITV, which has been working with GIMA, attracted twice as many viewers last week. See more... Read more

Wyevale Nurseries mourns Peter Williamson

Peter Williamson, chairman of the Wyevale Nurseries Group, has died suddenly after a short illness. All who knew him are invited to his memorial service on June 1st. See more... Read more

Westland strengthens management board with two new directors

Following strong sales growth, Westland Horticulture has strengthened its management board with the promotion of John McDowell and Keith Nicholson. Ken Evans becomes commercial Director at S E Marshall. See more... Read more

Webbs Chief Executive set for pastures new

Chief Executive of Webbs Garden Centres, Boyd Douglas-Davies, has announced he is leaving the business after 20 years service. Read more

Dorothy Gault to chair Klondyke

Dorothy Gault takes over as Chairman of the Klondyke Group, following the death of her husband Bob. The company stresses it will be very much “business as usual”. See more... Read more

Bayer Garden appoints Hardwick Agencies in South East

With effect from 1 September, Hardwick Agencies, run by Jason and Jane Hardwick, will represent Bayer Garden in the South East of England. Read more

Andre Doorduin joins Profitplant

Profitplant has appointed Andre Doorduin as Account Manager U.K. Read more

Celebrations as Cath and Team are awarded Best Farm Shop in Wales and the West

The Apple Tree Farm Shop at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil has walked away with a top accolade at the 2012 Garden Centre Association (GCA) awards. Read more

New Head of Category Management appointment

Responsible for Gardman’s category management approach to provide optimum product and service to its retail partners is Lisa Blackmore, the new Head of Category Management. Read more

Carol Paris is the new HTA Director General

It has been confirmed that Carol Paris is to follow David Gwyther as Director General of the HTA. See more... Read more

Chairman steps down from Gardman

Terry Stannard, the non-executive chairman of Gardman Holdings is leaving the company. In his place, Jonathan Halford, the chairman of Forest Garden joins as a non-executive director. See more... Read more

Lovania Nurseries take top spot at Grower Awards

Lovania Nurseries, based in Preston, took the top honours at The Grower of the Year Awards held in London last night by winning the Ornamental Grower of the Year title. Lovania will go on to represent the UK at the International Grower of the Year Awards. See more... Read more

MBE for Malcolm Parkinson in New Year Honours

Malcolm Parkinson has been made an MBE in the New Year Honours for his 27 years as governor at Capel Manor College. In 1990 he shook the garden centre world by launching the ill-fated Gardenstore. See more... Read more

The GCA names its new CEO

The GCA has named its new CEO. Phil Slinger will step into the shoes of Gillie Westwood, who recently announced that she would retire after January’s conference. See more... Read more

Minister rips up prepared speech

Lord Taylor ripped up his prepared speech at the House of Commons last night and promised he would not let the interests of ‘our industry’ go by default. He backed the Localism Bill and the need for ‘near-market research’. See more... Read more

Philip Evason leaves Haskins

Philip Evason has left Haskins after 5 years as buying director. He is planning to stay within the garden industry and is looking for opportunities within the sector. See more... Read more

Gardman announces departure of Founder and former Chairman/CEO

Paris Natar, formerly Chairman and CEO of Gardman, has decided to stand down from his non-executive director post in August this year. See more... Read more

GCA Chairman stands in RHS Council election

RHS members who believe there should be closer links with the business side of gardening, should vote for Dennis Espley, currently Chairman of the Garden Centre Association, in the election for the Society’s governing Council. See more... Read more

Substantial backing for Douglas-Davies’ new Garden Centre chain

Boyd Douglas-Davies, who is shortly to leave Webbs of Wychbold, is to build a new garden centre chain backed by The Hillview Group, an independent merchant bank. See more... Read more

Paul Wright joins The Garden Centre Group

Paul Wright, former managing director of Frosts Garden Centres, has joined The Garden Centre Group to manage 3 of its largest sites. See more... Read more

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