Dobbies to open at 7am for ‘Coffee to Go’

A highlight of the first day of the HTA Catering Conference was Costas Constantinou explaining to Matthew Appleby, how he would improve the Dobbies restaurants. Read more

Costas Constantinou

Richard Lockwood joins Dobbies as senior plant buyer

Richard Lockwood has re-joined his former Country Gardens boss, Nicholas Marshall as senior plant buyer at Dobbies. Read more

Richard Lockwood

New finance director at Mr Fothergill's Seeds

Phil Hurst has joined Mr Fothergill’s as Finance Director. He comes to the Suffolk seedsman from the food group Hain Daniels where he was Financial Controller. This followed spells at Molton Brown and Activity Superstore. Read more

Phil Hurst has joined Mr Fothergill’s as Finance Director

Is this the most experienced sales team in the industry?

Richard Pyrah is celebrating almost 20 years in the industry and the last 10 of those as Sales Director at Kelkay but in terms of his length of service at the East Yorkshire company he is really still one of the rooky team! Read more

From top left : Richard Pyrah, Neil Willimason, Anthony Bradbeer, Spencer Goodall

Ivyline appoint James Brindle as UK sales manager

Ivyline are delighted to welcome James Brindle as UK sales manager into the team. James brings a wealth of experience, commercial acumen, is well respected within the industry and is a great culture fit for Ivyline. Read more

 James Brindle, UK sales manager

Stax bolsters buying team with two new additions

Leading wholesaler and trade supplier, Stax Trade Centres, has added two new members to its purchasing team, further strengthening the department. Read more

Simon Wright and Ian Evans

Green-tech welcomes its first two apprentices

Green-tech launched its Apprenticeship scheme in April with the appointment of two Apprentices. Green-tech operates its Apprentice Scheme through Tyro Training, the commercial training division of Craven College. Read more

Sam Styan and Kate Farrer

Trainees given a helping hand from The Rainy Day Trust

Two management trainees at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford have this month each been given a grant from a charity to help with their transport costs. Read more

Chris King and Kyle Ross

Sarah Downing joins Kelkay as head of marketing

Kelkay has announced that the former Gardman marketing director, Sarah Downing, has been appointed as head of marketing, a newly created role. Read more

Sarah Downing

New appointment a step up for Deco-Pak

Deco-Pak has appointed a new national sales and key account manager, with Rod Slater, previously the decorative aggregate specialist’s general manager, becoming company director. Read more

Rod Slater welcomes Bruce Atkinson to the company's base.

Green-tech skill up in their chemical’s department

Green-tech’s Sam Jackson has recently passed his BASIS Nominated Storekeeper Course. Sam has been with the company for five years and is an experienced member of the warehouse and despatch team. Read more

Sam Jackson

New Finance Director at Squire’s Garden Centres

Squire’s Garden Centres have appointed Mark Wilson as their new Finance Director. Mark joins Squire’s with a wealth of experience, having worked for Unilever for nearly 25 years in a variety of Finance, Buying and Corporate Strategy roles, as well as working for 10 years as Finance Director at Vitacress, a family owned supplier of fresh produce to the grocery trade. Read more

Mark Wilson is the new Finance Director at Squire’s Garden Centres.

Plant hunter Ben attends California Spring Trials

A member of staff at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has recently just got back from attending the California Spring Trials in the USA. Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford, visited 12 nurseries in the country searching for some unusual plants and building relationships with breeders and growers. Read more

Ben Gregory, Product Development Manager at Wyevale Nurseries

Wyevale appoints a new Retail Operations Director

Wyevale Garden Centres have announced the appointment of a new retail operations director. David Anderson will join the group at the beginning of May. Read more

David Anderson

SGD appoints Chief Operating Officer

The Society of Garden Designers has appointed Craig Moyes as its Chief Operating Officer, effective from 20 April 2017. Read more

Craig Moyes

Grange strengthens marketing team with two new appointments

Leading garden structures company, Grange Fencing has boosted its marketing team with the appointment of two dedicated team members. Read more

Grange marketing team: Peter Holloway, Julie Hall, Mark Morris and Rob Giles.

GIMA praises Perennial’s ‘Play the Pitch’ football fundraiser

Last month’s Perennial ‘Play the Pitch’ charity football tournament was hailed a success by GIMA Director Vicky Nuttall, President Chris Ramsden (Hozelock), and council member Craig Hall from Deco-Pak. The event raised approximately £15,000 for Perennial from 16 teams and was hosted by Leicester City Football Club at the King Power stadium. Read more

The GIMA team reach the final

Conna Powles signs up to wing-walk challenge

Haskins Buying Director, Conna Powles, signs up to a life-long ambition to complete a wing walk and in doing so hopes to raise £1k for Greenfingers Charity. Read more

Kathryn completes her challenge for Thrive

Thrive’s Chief Executive Kathryn Rossiter swapped her wellies for trainers for five days in May when she took on a massive sporting challenge to raise £5,000 for the gardening therapy charity. Read more

Kathryn finishing

Peter Williamson Travel Award goes to Joshua

Joshua Stacey from Pershore College has recently (May, 2017) been presented with Wyevale Nurseries’ Peter Williamson Travel Award. Read more

Joshua Stacey being presented the award by Steve Ashworth, Director, Wyevale Nurseries.

Two 6 pack award winners for Bransford Webbs

Amelia Broome, Young Plant Grower, and Billy Wilce, Area Team Leader, both 20, have won the opportunity to attend the IPPS European Regional Annual Conference, after impressing the judging panel with their personal and employer statements. Read more

Amelia and Billy

The HTA names Alex Vick as senior executive director

The HTA has backed its management team by promoting finance director, Alex Vick, to senior executive director in charge of day to day operations and by giving each director greater responsibility. Read more

Alex Vick

Apprentice of the Year 2017

Last week, thirteen students, who are currently part of the Midland Regional Growers Apprenticeship Scheme, visited the Malvern Spring Festival for the schemes Apprentice of the Year Award. Read more

Trans-Continental Group appoint a new sales director

Trans-Continental Group, the leading supplier of Christmas and outdoor leisure products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam Gregory to the position of sales director. Read more

Adam Gregory, Sales Director

Mark Wootton to leave Notcutts

Mark Wootton, Commercial Director, will be leaving Notcutts in May to pursue other opportunities. Mark has decided that the time has come for him to seek new challenges. Read more

Sally from Fleuroselect receives her own Pelargonium

Sally van der Horst, Secretary of Fleuroselect, baptised the brand new 'Pelargonium Toscana Sally' at Beach Club O in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. This additional colour in the Toscana series was dedicated to Sally in celebration of her 25 years of service with Fleuroselect Read more

Sally van der Horst, Secretary of Fleuroselect

Callum’s career in horticulture blossoms

Callum Smith from Bristol has recently finished a work placement at one of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford as part of The Prince’s Trust Get into Woodlands programme. Read more

(L-r) Alison Barton, Callum Smith, Ray Jenkins and Suzanne Cross.

Richard Sandbrook joins Katie Blake Garden Furniture

Richard Sandbrook a well known character for over 20 years in the Garden Furniture sector joins Glencrest Seatex and Katie Blake as Product Development Manager. Read more

Richard Sandbrook

New president for AEA

Mark Ormond, Managing Director of SAME Deutz-Fahr UK, takes over the annual presidency of the Agricultural Engineers Association. During his speech at this year’s annual conference, Mark highlighted the importance the AEA will be to its members as we head on our path out of the EU. Read more

AEA President - Mark Ormond

Richard Pitman to host dinner at GIMA charity golf and activity day

Celebrated jump jockey, Richard Pitman, is to host this year's charity golf and activity day dinner at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on June 8th. Read more

Richard pitman

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