Perennial team grows with new corporate partnerships role

Perennial has appointed Phil Swainston as Corporate Development Manager to develop its partnerships within the industry. Read more

Phil Swainston, Corporate Development Manager

GIMA announces new council

GIMA has announced the appointment of four new Council members following their appointment at the recent AGM, which took place on 10th April at Ettington Chase Hotel, Warwickshire. Read more

Emily joins Wyevale Nurseries as HR Manager

Emily Wright from Martley on the Worcestershire-Herefordshire boarder has recently joined one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries as its HR Manager. Read more

Emily Wright, HR Manager at Wyevale Nurseries

Memorial service for Mike Dunnett

Details announced for a memorial service for Mike Dunnett on Tuesday 16th April at St Peters Church. Martley, Worcestershire. Read more

Paul Grinsell to leave as BHETA restructures

Following the purchase of Brooke House Exhibitions, BHETA is to restructure with Will Jones as COO and Clare Holland as finance director. Read more

Paul Grinsell

New team member at Provender Nurseries.

The team at Provender Nurseries would like to introduce our newest cash and carry team member Natalie Fairs. Read more

Natalie Fairs - Gold Medal Hampton Court 2018

Swan appoints Rob Gentles as Chief Commercial Officer

Swan have appointed seasoned professional, Rob Gentles, as Chief Commercial Officer to further strengthen Swan’s position in the Retail Solutions market. Rob has extensive retail experience working with small and large retailers in all sectors. Read more

Rob Gentles, Chief Commercial Officer of Swan Retail.

Commercial horticulture benefits through award of BPOA Peter Seabrook Bursary

Student, James Pike, has won a £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary. Read more

James Pike win BPOA Peter Seabrook Bursary

Briers team joins Smart

Smart Garden Products is delighted to confirm that a number of staff have joined Smart from Briers. Read more

Tara Truman

Garden centre pioneer Michael Cooling has died

Michael Cooling, who died last week, was very proud to collect the first ever Horticulture Week “Retail Nursery of the Year” award in 1997 and the GCA Garden Centre of the Year in 2005. Read more

Michael Cooling, how to get the best from the new Fisons Grow Bag in the 1970s

HTA frustrated as agriculture minister resigns

George Eustice, Minister for Agriculture since 2015, has resigned over Brexit.  HTA chairman James Barnes said, “Clearly such events are frustrating but you always have to respect these decisions in the political arena.” Read more

George Eustice on the HTA stand at Chelsea in 2016 with Carol Paris and Peter Seabrook

Nova appoints Sean Sunderland as their North West agent

Nova Outdoor Living is happy to announce that Sean Sunderland from SS Agencies will be representing them to customers in the North West. Read more

Bragg is the new chair of the GMA

Neil Bragg from Bulrush Horticulture is the new chairman of the Growing Media Association (GMA) with Ben Malin from Godwins taking on the role of vice-chairman. Read more

Neil Bragg is centre with green tie.  Steve Harper is 4th from left

Sarah Squire appointed as Chairman of Squire's Garden Centres

After 30 years as Chairman and more than five decades in the business, Sarah’s father Colin Squire OBE takes on the role of Chairman Emeritus, and remains an active director of the business. Read more

Sarah Squire - Chairman of Squire's Garden Centres

Labels n Things owner awarded MBE

Julie Clements the owner of Labels n Things has been awarded an MBE As well as being the driving force behind plant labelling. Julie worked tirelessly for victims of domestic violence. Read more

Julie Clements, owner of Labels n Things, has been awarded an MBE.

Stax Trade Centres make key appointment to sales team

Leading gardening and DIY wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has revealed details of another major appointment which will see Mark Hallows take on the role of area sales representative covering the north west region. Read more

Mark Hallows will take on the role of area sales representative covering the north west region

Garden centre staff selected to attend IGCA Congress

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust recently selected Emma Lamb from Barton Grange Garden Centre and Sam Clark from Cowell's Garden Centre to attend this year's International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress. Read more

Emma Lamb and Will Clark - Barton Grange Garden Centre

Hillier welcomes Adam Dunnett to its board of directors

Hillier Nurseries is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Dunnett to its board of directors, effective from 4th April 2019. He will also continue in his role as amenity sales director. Read more

Adam Dunnett appointed to Hillier's board of directors

Adrian King appointed as new sales representative

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company are proud to announce the appointment of Adrian King as their new Sales Representative for the Northern territory, caring for and improving on an existing portfolio of accounts throughout the North of England and Scotland. Read more

Adrian King

SWGS Scholarship spots student talent

Student, Kobus Stander, has won a £2,000 South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship. Read more

Kobus Stander - SWGS Sponsored Scholarship winner

Family announces the death of Mike Dunnett

Mike Dunnett, a well known and greatly respected industry pioneer, who was MD of Blakedown Nurseries for many years has died today, Tuesday 26th March 2019. Read more

Mike Dunnett

Veronique Laury to leave Kingfisher

Veronique Laury the Group CEO of Kingfisher is to leave along with 2 other executives. The announcement coincided with news of a fall in profits at group that owns B&Q and Castorama in France. Read more

Véronique Laury

Robin retires after 39 years at Wyevale Nurseries

Robin Trumper from Hereford celebrated his retirement yesterday (Wednesday, March 20, 2019) after 39 years of service at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries.  Read more

Robin Trumper - Wyevale Nurseries

Meindert Klem, our new International Account Manager

Meindert Klem has joined Thermoflor as the new International Account Manager. Read more

Meindert Klem

Jane joins GCA’s team of inspectors

The Garden Centre Association has this month welcomed Jane Lawler as its new inspector. Jane, who has more than 35 years’ experience in marketing and business development, will be responsible for inspecting member garden centres in North Thames, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Read more

Jane Lawler, GCA Inspector

Horticulture apprentice hones skills in Trust garden

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) student meets MSP at the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. Read more

(L-r) MSP for West Scotland Ken Macintosh, Eilidh Fletcher and Simon Jones.

New Decco Chesham manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Chris Gladwin as Manager for Decco Chesham. Read more

Decco has appointed Chris Gladwin as Manager for Decco Chesham.

Nova appoint Thomasson Agencies as their North East agents

Nova Outdoor Living is pleased to announce the appointment of Mathew Thomasson and Steven Hall from Thomasson Agencies as their brand representatives in the North East. Read more

Mathew Thomasson

Nova appoint Julie McLean & Andy Moore as their Midlands & NI agents

Nova Outdoor Living is pleased to announce that they have appointed Julie McLean and Andy Moore, of Julie McLean Limited as their representatives for the Midlands and Northern Ireland. Read more

Julie McLean

Passing with flying colours - another apprentice success at Provender Nurseries  

Provender Nurseries are celebrating the success of our latest Apprentice Rosina Green for completing her Level 2 NVQ Business Administration Apprenticeship. Read more

Emily Wallace & Rosina Green

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