BHETA acts to remove plastic products from packaging tax

BHETA is lobbying against last minute changes to draft Plastic Packaging Tax legislation that introduce consumer goods to the intended single use packaging. Read more

HTA update on inspection regime for imports

The HTA explains Defra’s most recent guidance documents that clarify the proposed inspection regime for importing plants after 1 January and what they mean for the industry. Read more

Beyond Transition: the steps UK exporters should take now!

With the end of the Brexit Transition period looming, Gardenex will be hosting a special webinar to hear all the the steps that exporters need to take in preparation for 1 January 2021 and beyond. Read more

Latest Plant import / export guidance from Defra

With 50 days until the end of the transition period, the government is urging the horticulture industry to check online guidance around importing and exporting plants and plant products. Read more

LOFA warns of disruption at UKs 3 main container ports

Congestion is causing severe disruptions at the UKs three main container ports, says LOFA.  The lack of availability of containers will lead to delays and price rises.  Read more

OHAS Grower Standard Version 4 launches  

The Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme (OHAS) is pleased to announce the release of the OHAS Grower Standard Version 4. Read more

Prepare for Brexit with the GIMA Transition Hub

GIMA has launched UK Brexit Transition Hub for members and non-members.  At the same time it has joined a CBI call for Government to reach a deal with the EU. Read more

Great export opportunities in the Czech market despite Brexit

The Czech Republic could prove a lucrative export market for DIY and garden suppliers, according to senior trade advisors who spoke to BHETA members. Read more

Growers call for ballot on AHDB levy

107 horticulture growers have called for a ballot on the continuation of the statutory AHDB levy that funds R&D into crop protection, innovation and other research. Read more

Sustainable composite decking manufacturer Composite Prime creates nationwide jobs 

The UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable composite decking and cladding Composite Prime, has launched a free, online training programme for labouring professionals to become accredited installers of the brands luxury decking products. Read more

BOPP changes its name to OHAS 

The HTA has announced that it is changing the name of its British Ornamental Plant Producers’ (BOPP) Certification Scheme to the Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme (OHAS). Read more

Gardenex and PetQuip produce updated A-Z Guide to Exporting, exclusively for members

The Gardenex and PetQuip associations have published the latest edition of their invaluable A-Z Guide to Exporting, which is now available exclusively for members. Read more

HTA calls for support for UK growers as imports grow

“We need the Westminster… Government to support our industry, as the Dutch Government has done for theirs,” says HTA chairman as UK plant production falls and imports rise. Read more

British bedding on show at Squire's

HTA releases first reports of May sales

The HTA’s Market update for June gives the first report of May sales. Plants and garden categories in May almost matched the full months sales in 2019. While non-gardening categories remained significantly down. Read more

HTA Market Update June 2020

Garden sales fall -86% in April

The full impact of Covid-19 is shown by the GCA Barometer for April, where lost sales averaged £500,000 per garden centre in April. Read more

Joy of Plants links with WooCommerce

Joy of Plants has launched a plugin to make its library of plant photos and information available in the industry’s favourite webshop platform, WooCommerce. Read more

Kingfisher buys NeedHelp for UK roll-out

Kingfisher, parent company of B&Q and Screwfix, has bought NeedHelp, the French home improvement services marketplace, for roll out in the UK. Read more

LOFA warns that container issues at UK ports are escalating

LOFA warns that increased congestion at ports, especially Felixstowe, could impact the supplies of garden related products after Christmas. Read more

Reach out for help with debt

People in horticulture are facing growing financial challenges - the need for free debt advice has never been greater. Read more

HTA launches new training development programmes for 2021

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is excited to launch two new development programmes for 2021, which will support business development as well as personal development. Read more

Gardenex advice on our transition from the EU

Brexit -  What are the concerns if there is a free trade deal?... What are the concerns if we revert to World Trade rules?... The key messages for UK exporters are explained by Gardenex. Read more

PR Week Award for the HTA for lockdown campaign

Everyone saw this campaign! The stark reality of wasted plants and flowers hit the front pages and appealed to our hearts and minds. Read more

James Clark

GCA cancels January conference

The GCA has cancelled its January 2021 conference due to COVID-19.  The restrictions, however, have led to new methods of working. Read more

Iain Wylie

GCA members attend virtual forum to plan for a successful Christmas

Members of the Garden Centre Association got together recently at a virtual forum to discuss their plans and share their concerns for the festive period. Read more

Mike Burks, GCA Chairman.

Resilience and Positivity at the AIPH Recovery from Crisis Conference

On 15th September 2020, the AIPH brought together an impressive line-up of expert international industry speakers to share experiences of the impact of COVID-19 Read more

Early opening of garden centres saved the industry

So said James Barnes as he announced HTA plans to double grower membership. New industry growth plans are to be developed with Government. Read more

Brett Avery

Andy Campbell Consulting launches brand new website

As we start to emerge from the most uncertain trading period in the recent history of garden centre retailing the time is right to take a long, hard look at one’s busines... Read more

HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ Campaign

The HTA has launched its ‘Keep Britain Growing’ campaign to encourage new gardeners, enthused during lockdown, to keep enjoying the benefits of gardening. Read more

Garden furniture sales up 24% in May, says GCA

Despite the frenetic trading days after May 18th when garden centres reopened, total sales in May were down -22%, including restaurant comparatives, according to the latest statistics from the GCA. Read more

Queues outside Blue Diamond, Redfields

Is there an appetite for Glee 2020?

It’s 15 weeks till the start of Glee. Invoices have arrived with exhibitors for final payments to participate in the exhibition. But will the show be going ahead? Read more

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