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

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 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

Perennial helps hard-hit families in horticulture with school uniforms

Perennial is ready to support the children of those working in horticulture with the cost of school uniform and PE kit for their return to school this September. 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

GIMA announces first virtual Buyer Connect session with Homebase

GIMA is pleased to announce that they are hosting a virtual Meet the Buyer session with Homebase to be held on Thursday 25th June 2020.  This speed networking event will allow potential suppliers to meet with key garden retailer buyers in timed 20-minute appointment sessions.  Read more

HTA launches new app

The HTA has today launched a new mobile App, to give horticulture businesses access to up-to-date industry information, resources, and training opportunities. Read more

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

Gardenex launches website information source for members

Gardenex has launched a Members-Only Area on its website, containing business and export advice, information, market research and the latest business news and developments. Read more

Government’s trade credit guarantee will keep cash flowing

GIMA reports that the UK government has stepped in to guarantee the trade credit insurance market, giving suppliers confidence to continue to trade. Read more

Vicky Nuttall

spoga+gafa 2020 is to go ahead

spoga+gafa trade fair in Cologne will be staged from 6 to 8 September. However, if it looks as if visitors are staying away due to Coronavirus, it will reassess the situation. Read more

Catja Caspary - Vice President Trade Fair Management

1/3 of Growers could be out of business before the end of the year

The HTA has released the results of a grower survey. They show that unless something is done within two weeks, between a third and a half of our seasonal growing sector could be lost. Read more

Farplants in W. Sussex

GIMA threatens to call out retailers that employ bullying tactics

GIMA has appealed to retailers to keep cash flowing or it could lead to the untimely demise of some suppliers. Some retailers, it says, are starting to employ bullying tactics. 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

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

GIMA announces virtual Buyer Connect session with British Garden Centres

On Tuesday 18th August, GIMA along with buyers from the UK’s second largest garden centre chain, British Garden Centres, will be hosting a special virtual Buyer Connect event. Read more

Expert judges for Perennial’s HortAid-20 competition

Alan Titchmarsh and a panel of expert gardeners will judge the hard work during lockdown of Britain’s gardeners in Perennial’s HortAid-20 Gardening competition. Read more brings free digital commerce to garden distributors

A multi-award winning digital commerce team has today launched a free wholesale-specific eCommerce platform that works across mobile, desktop and tablet for garden, pets and hardware wholesalers looking to grow their business digitally or create new routes to market. Read more

Rob Mannion, CEO of RNF/

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

Virtual meetings with international buyers

Gardenex and PetQuip are holding a series of virtual Meet the International Buyer events, with buyers from France, Sweden, Germany and other countries in Northern Europe. Read more

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

GIMA confirms Consumer & Design Trends webinar series

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, GIMA’s Consumer & Design Trends seminar was cancelled, however delegates are being offered a second chance to learn more about the trends that are expected to influence consumer shopping decisions with the launch of GIMA’s new webinar series. Read more

Thursday webinar: Open for Business

Glee is to hold a webinar on Thursday this week, ‘Open For Business: Lessons Learned from Lockdown and The First Week of Trading’. Read more

Smart Garden to import facemasks

Smart Garden have tapped into their extensive Chinese supply chain and are importing a large quantity of 3-ply disposable, medical-grade, face masks. Read more

DIY & Garden sales are forecast to fall -10.5% in 2020

BHETA’s latest forecast for DIY & Garden sales has improved slightly but still shows a drop of -10.5% in 2020. Read more

Competitions at virtual RHS Chelsea

Coronavirus has forced the RHS into a virtual 2020 Chelsea Flower Show. It will include a People’s Choice competition for Plant of the Decade and vote for Garden Product of the Year. Read more

BHETA holds member webinars on issues from Covid-19

BHETA is launching a series of webinars on issues arising from the crisis including getting goods back in the light of insolvency, the cancellation of contracts and the Job Retention Scheme. Read more

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