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

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

Joy of Plants appoints Jeff Hull to lead marketing and sales

Jeff will lead sales and marketing for the Joy of Plants database and plant information products. Read more

New, PetQuip role for Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn, a lead figure in the garden trade press for many years is to become the trade association manager for PetQuip, a stable mate of Gardenex. See more... Read more

Suttons Seeds heralds in 2013 with a new trial ground

A new trial ground will provide Suttons Seeds with more space for new variety and growing technique trialling as well as opportunities for putting on events for the public and the press. See more... Read more

Dave saves the day, despite the snow

Q Lawns stockist, David Fisher who is based in the Midlands received an unusual request last week.  Despite the region being under a thick blanket of snow and ice, he received an order for some turf that needed to be delivered next day. Read more

A new sales & marketing director for Suttons Seeds

David Arnold, sales and marketing director for Suttons Seeds, is taking early retirement on 29th February to pursue other business and personal interests. Read more

New Era promotes successful sales manager to sales director

In return for Tom Noble’s impressive performance at New Era Aquaculture, the award-winning fish food manufacturer in Thorne, South Yorkshire has promoted him from sales manager to sales director. Read more

Craig Keyworth of Scotts Miracle-Gro helps cure blood cancer mile by mile

Craig Keyworth, Regional Sales Manager from Scotts Miracle-Gro, will face the challenge of a lifetime when he runs the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday 21st April. Craig is raising money for Anthony Nolan, the pioneering charity that helps cure blood cancer by matching patients with bone marrow donors. Read more

Sylvia clocks up 25 years of service

An employee at one of the UK’s largest horticultural design and print companies is celebrating this month (January, 2013) after clocking up 25 years of dedicated service to the business.  Sylvia Cooper, office and operations manager at Floramedia, is the longest serving team member at the Colchester-based company. Read more

Garden Centre Group CEO to speak at GCA

The industry will have its first opportunity to hear the new CEO of The Garden Centre Group when he speaks at the GCA conference later this month. 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

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

Ace Equipment, is pleased to announce a new stage in its evolution

The quality trolley manufacturer, Ace Equipment, is pleased to announce a new stage in its evolution. Warren Holmes is now heading the team with ongoing support from the Llewellyn family, in the form of their youngest daughter, Claire. Read more

Silverline Tools appoints Craig Phillips as NEW Brand Ambassador at Totally Tools 2013! Stand J21

Silverline Tools, manufacturer of hand and power tools, is proud to announce its new partnership with DIY TV personality Craig Phillips, who will represent Silverline as official Ambassador and DIY Expert. Read more

RHS reaches new heights as 400,000th member joins

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has achieved its highest membership numbers ever, welcoming the landmark 400,000th member to the gardening charity at its flagship RHS Garden Wisley, in Surrey, on Friday 1 February 2013. Read more

Dylan Cole joins Glencrest Seatex Ltd

Dylan Cole formerly with Alexander Rose has joined Glencrest Seatex as their business development manager. Dylan has many years experience in the garden furniture business. He is looking forward to his new challenge. Read more

South Yorkshire fish food manufacturer nets its first business award

New Era Aquaculture, the Thorne based company revolutionising the fish food market, is celebrating its first business award, confident that it may not be its last! Read more

Movers and Shakers – People making the news at Dog Rocks Ltd

Dog Rocks are an exciting and proven 100% natural product used to help prevent urine burn patches appearing on your lawn, shrubs and box hedge as a result of dog, bitch and pet urine. Read more

Mark Pearson steps down as CEO of Gardman

Mark Pearson has stepped down as CEO of Gardman after completing the restructuring of the business, by mutual agreement. See more... Read more

40 years celebrated as one of the UK’s first garden centres

Forty years ago the term Garden Centre was virtually unknown in the UK when Warren Haskins, who had just taken over the family retail nursery business after his father’s death, decided to open a small garden centre shop at Tricketts Cross in Ferndown. Read more

Alan Goddard - UPDATED

It is with tremendous sadness that we have to pass on the very difficult news that Alan Goddard passed away on Friday the 11th of January.   I'm sure many of you know he'd faced a long and very difficult battle, and there's no doubt he'd fought on as much as anyone could. Read more

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