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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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