Low cost brochure and product sample display on offer at Spoga+gafa 2018

The Gardenex export federation is offering companies that do not have the full resource to exhibit in their own right at Spoga+gafa in Cologne (2 to 4 September 2018), the opportunity to promote their products via a low-cost brochure display.  Read more

“Becoming a game changer” Evening Seminars by John Stanley

John Stanley is providing evening seminars that will give you an insight to “Becoming a Game Changer… the Future Garden Centre”! In partnership with the HTA, the internationally-respected consultant, John Stanley will be touring the UK during Autumn and putting on several evening seminars.  Read more

John Stanley

£4m for new National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning at RHS Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society will receive £4 million from the National Lottery towards a five-year project that includes developing the world’s first National Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, at the RHS Garden at Wisley. Read more

Malcolm Scott Consultants saves centre over £80k in CIL appeal

Malcolm Scott Consultants has successfully slashed a London garden centre’s Community Infrastructure Levy by £83,000 in a landmark appeal for the sector. Read more

Training the Trainer Chemical workshop to be held at BALI head office

Following the success of their Chemical Workshop – training the trainer;  held last month in North Yorkshire;  Green-tech has announced that the next workshop will be held at BALI Head office in Stoneleigh, Coventry on 26th July from 9am-3pm. Read more

GIMA - Buyer Connect

GIMA has announced Thursday 31st May as the date of the next Buyer Connect session - featuring buyers from Choice Marketing, Klondyke Garden Centres & Perrywood Garden Centre. Read more

GIMA - Knowledge Exchange Workshops 2018

GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange Workshops commence this year with Sales Territory Planning followed by New Product Development Workshop.
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GIMA AGM & Day Conference - Don't miss out!

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to offer a varied selection of speakers, including two popular retail stalwarts who will be providing an insight into the state of retailing in the year ahead. Read more

Martin Breddy, Managing Director of Squires Garden Centres

Rise in horticulturists seeking charity help 

The number of people finding themselves in crisis and in need of help from Perennial increased again last year.
Perennial is the only charity dedicated to helping everyone from across the horticulture industry and related sectors, delivering front line financial and emotional support and advice to those facing tough times. Read more

Surge of bookings for the GCA conference

The GCA urges those who haven’t booked to act quickly as rooms for the annual GCA conference (21st - 24th Jan) are running out. This is the main networking event for top garden centres and suppliers, with top speakers from business, sport and entertainment. Read more

Matt Dawson

Gardenex secures government funding for major overseas garden trade exhibitions

Gardenex has secured grant funding to help UK manufacturers, especially SME’s, exhibit at major overseas garden trade shows. For the first time these will include Myplant & Garden in Milan. Read more

Myplant Garden, Milan

Chris Pateman to be the new chair of the HTA

The HTA has named Chris Pateman as the new chair of the Association.  In this new role Chris will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House. In addition, he will represent the HTA at a senior level to Government and other stakeholders. Read more

Chris Pateman - New HTA Chair

Time to apply for a David Colegrave scholarship

The window has opened for future horticulturalists to apply for scholarships from The David Colegrave Foundation. There are 7 potential scholarships available. Read more

Learningwithexperts to offer RHS gardening qualifications online

The RHS has approved award-winning online learning provider Learningwithexperts.com 
(formerly MyGardenSchool) as an accredited provider of RHS gardening qualifications. Read more

Choice members look forward to £1.5m rebate

Last week’s 3 day conference and trade show, held by Choice Marketing, eclipsed the HTA Futures conference that it clashed with, by drawing 160 delegates. 90 suppliers exhibited at the trade show. Read more

Stand Out from the Crowd at HTA Marketing Forum

Stand Out from the Crowd is the theme for this year’s HTA Marketing Forum which takes place on 17 October 2018. This one-day event, sponsored by Evergreen Garden Care, is aimed at all those delivering marketing and public relations in the garden industry and provides top tips and expert knowledge to help achieve marketing cut through. Read more

9 new members for the GCA

The Garden Centre Association has recruited 9 new members bringing the total number of garden centres the association represents to nearly 200. Read more

Bell Plantation Garden Centre

Top of ornamental breeding industry gathered in Barcelona

Over 100 pot and bedding plant breeders, young plant producers and distributors from 14 countries met in Barcelona at the 49th Fleuroselect Convention. Read more

The GIMA’s have been judged

Around 200 entries submitted for the most important Garden Industry Awards of the year, have been judged by a panel of independent judges. The winners will be announced at the GIMA Awards Gala Dinner on July 12th. Read more

HTA adds to its policy and horticultural teams

The HTA has named to additions to its head office team.  Sally Cullimore becomes the policy executive and Alistair Yeomans will be horticulture manager.  Both will be attending the National Plant Show Read more

Sally Cullimore and Alistair Yeomans

New retail data service for BHETA members

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is launching a new retail data service for members thanks to an exclusive deal with research and data provider, GfK.  Read more

HTA Chairman leaves after 2 months

The HTA Board has announced that Chris Pateman has left his post as Chairman of the HTA citing family reasons and the long commute. Read more

Chris Pateman

HTA introduces Recycling Scheme for members

The HTA has launched a Recycling Scheme for its members which will enable businesses of all sizes to responsibly recycle their plastic and other waste and enhance their green credentials. Read more

Book now for ‘A Recipe for Growth’ HTA Catering Conference

The latest food trends, the war on waste and catering for vegans are just some of the topics on the agenda at the HTA Catering Conference which takes place on 5-6 June at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Read more

New chairman takes his seat at the HTA

Chris Pateman became chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association earlier this year. Part of his role is to be the new face of the HTA, representing the interests of members to Government and the rest of the garden sector. Read more

Chris Pateman

Suppliers say rising costs will have to be passed on

Latest figures from The GIMA Barometer of Trade (BoT) show that raw material costs have risen by 12%. These costs, says GIMA, will have to be passed down the supply chain. Read more

A round-up of 2017, a year dominated by Brexit and Xylella

2017 started with a flourish but lost momentum and settled to be an OK year. Suppliers worried about Brexit, the living wage, higher costs and Wyevale. Retailers and growers worried about Xylella. Takeover activity reached new peaks among suppliers, but no major garden centres changed hands. The industry said goodbye to some old friends. Read our review – (open to non-subscribers). Read more

New National Home Improvement Week will clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day

BHETA has created a new National Home Improvement Week for the home and garden industry on dates in the middle of March that clash with Garden Re-Leaf Day. Read more

Trade Associations back the second Glee

3 leading trade associations GIMA, The HTA and Gardenex are backing the additional Glee exhibition, a concession at the Spring Fair in February. Read more

Industry sponsors back BALI’s first sales campaigns to public and the trade

The British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) is to launch two major sales campaigns this autumn. One targets the public, the other is to recruit trade members. Read more

Landscape House

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