Pet accessories and foods plus reptile and ferret products feature on buyers’ wish lists at March 1st PetQuip ‘Meet the International Buyers’ event

The latest in the highly successful ‘Meet the International Buyers’ events organised by the PetQuip and Gardenex associations will take place at the Federation’s head offices in Brasted, Kent on 1 March 2018. Read more

HTA Seminar – GDPR: How will it affect my business?

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on 25 May 2018 the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is hosting a half day seminar for businesses on Wednesday 28 March 2018 to assist them with compliance. Read more

GIMA launches new Foreign Exchange service

A recent survey undertaken by GIMA has highlighted that its members continue to feel the pressure of ever fluctuating exchange rates. In response, the trade association is pleased to announce that it is launching a new Foreign Exchange service, in conjunction with payment solutions experts, Moneycorp. 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

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

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

Festive favourites: The Holly and the Ivy

It will soon be Christmas, and what better way to celebrate the season and bring festive cheer to your garden than with two traditional Christmas favourites – Holly and Ivy. Countless cards carry their image, often with leaves touched by frost or covered with a crisp layer of snow, and your garden displays will have even greater appeal. Read more

Holly varieties (including Ilex 'Golden King')

Get ready for garden gifting this Christmas!

HTA Members are encouraged to stock up on National Garden Gift Vouchers and National Garden Gift Cards ready for the busy Christmas season ahead. 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

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

New Xylella e-learning module available from HTA

The HTA has launched a free e-learning module on Xylella fastidiosa providing plantarea and garden retail staff with the latest information about this plant disease that presents a huge threat to the industry. 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

In search of berried treasure

Berry-bearing trees and shrubs come into their own in autumn, creating colourful displays that last well into winter, which is why they have been chosen as the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Plant of the Moment for October. Read more

Firethorn with red berries (Pyracantha)

Landed rates up 17% in last 12 months says GIMA

The GIMA Barometer of Trade reports double digit cost increases for raw materials, freight and labour in the last 12 months. Read more

GIMA director, Vicky Nuttall

Garden Living: the new consumer website from LOFA

LOFA (Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association) has launched a new website specifically aimed at consumers - www.garden-living.co.uk Read more

Photograph courtesy of Bramblecrest

GIMA Charity Golf & Activity Day 2018 - open for bookings

 Something for everyone at the GIMA Charity Golf & Activity Day on Thursday 7th June at Telford, Shropshire. Read more

Record garden centre sales of gift cards over Christmas

Sales of National Garden Gift Card hit record levels over the Christmas period, which will help boost garden centre footfall in the coming season. There are now £4.7m of unspent gift cards in circulation, with most set to be spent in garden centres soon at over 700 redeeming sites. Read more

Cultivating Retail – a new one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) and Garden Industry Manufacturers Association (GIMA) are delighted to announce Cultivating Retail – a collaborative one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers. Read more

HTA welcomes Lloyds Cardnet as a Preferred Partner

The HTA is pleased to announce Lloyds Cardnet as its new card processing Preferred Partner. Over the last year the association has been comparing rates and services from many companies to find an improved card processing deal for its members. Read more

Create a winter wonderland this January

Keep the gardening season going in winter by creating a winter wonderland of houseplants inside your home. A few bright, beautiful winter-flowering houseplants can really brighten up your indoor space and increase the feel-good factor. Read more

Phalaenopsis orchids

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

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

GIMA Day Conference: Focusing on the Hot Topics of the Day

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference is set to tackle head on those issues that are directly affecting the garden retail industry, arming attendees with the knowledge, inspiration and confidence to move forward in a post-Brexit world. Read more

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

Garden centres to benefit from generous pr discounts

The UK’s leading gardening public relations agency has partnered with The Horticultural Trades Association (The HTA) to offer public relations and social media services for considerably discounted rates. Read more

Cyclamen: November Houseplant of the Month

Thanks to its white and brightly coloured flowers, Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) is the ideal plant to combat the dark day blues for the November houseplant of the month. 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

Must Have Perennials™ has launched its new website

Must Have Perennials™ has launched its new website offering varietal and growing information, and marketing support, to all Trade supply chain sectors from Breeders to Growers through to Retailers. This new site compliments the www.rozanneandfriends.com consumer-facing website & brand launched earlier this year. Read more

Negotiation Skills Workshop 11th October

Designed to help attendees understand the difference between traditional 'positional negotiation' and 'collaborative negotiation'. The session will offer top tips regarding the diverse ways that buyers and account managers can develop their own negotiation aims and use strategies to achieve their goals. Read more

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