Almost 10,000 UK PBRs at risk of being cancelled

Almost 10,000 UK Plants Breeders Rights are at risk of being cancelled – owners must act even though the deadline to re register has passed.!  Read more - open to all

Graham Spencer

Fordingbridge install sheeted canopy at Notcutts St Albans

Notcutts St Albans is one of many Fordingbridge steel framed, opal 60 sheeted canopies installed across the Garden Centres chain of sites, designed to encompass consistent branding specifications whilst providing protective solutions to their customers as they shop around the store. Read more - open to all

Independent business communications advice for the horticulture industry

Business communications services provider Crystaline will be offering independent business communications advice at HTA National Plant Show on June 21 and 22, 2022, at the NAEC, Stoneleigh. Read more - open to all

Quinton Edwards - leading firm of Chartered Surveyors offering expert advice

Quintons Edwards Surveyors offers expert advice to the Horticultural, Garden Centre and Farm Shop Industries. Offering a full range of property services to garden centre and horticultural property and businesses owners including farm shops and landscape businesses, banks and financial institutions. Read more - open to all

Simon Quinton Smith

It's time to Review - Re-plan - Rebuild your business

As we start to emerge from the most uncertain trading period in the history of garden centre retailing the time is right to take a long, hard look to future-proof one’s business. Read more - open to all

38 years garden retail experience

Laylocks – Case Study

Laylocks was created as a plant nursery back in 1973 and by Martin Warr who has since been joined by his daughter, Hannah, who has become heavily involved in the business. The father-daughter combo share ambitious plans for the site and they set about creating a new building next to their existing Venlo structure to provide additional retail space. Read more - open to all

MSC offers guidance to garden centres regarding reducing rates liabilities

With the Government having announced a postponement to the planned 2021 Revaluation yesterday, Rating specialists working with Malcolm Scott Consultants have provided valuable guidance for garden centres regarding their Rateable Values. Read more - open to all

Business Rates - Garden Centres - Reliefs & Exemption

It has this evening been confirmed by the Minister for Housing, Communities & Local Government that Rates relief at 100% for the retail and leisure sectors will be applied to all Garden Centres. Read more - open to all

Malcolm Scott Consultants adds to the services it offers

Malcolm Scott Consultants has expanded its specialist services for garden centre clients to encompass a whole range of business development, retail and visitor attraction advice to add to its extensive planning and design operations. Read more - open to all

Andrew Burton

Chris Ramsden and Lolly Lee are moving to new jobs

Chris Ramsden is leaving Suttons for Hozelock at the end of February and Lolly Lee is leaving Gardman for Petface. Read more - members only

Chris Ramsden

Ex-Notcutts trio unite to make Skylark Nurseries fly

“Being a nurseryman can be a lonely occupation.” So says Paul Masters, owner of fledgling nursery Skylark, who has enlisted the help of two former Notcutts colleagues. Read more - members only

L-R Paul Masters, Neville Stein and Andrew Staff

Nick Cash Agencies

A whole new approach to selling to Garden Centres. NCA work on a consultative approach not just pushing the company who you work for. Read more - open to all


Mediation is an effective tool for tackling a wide range of property and commercial
issues. It involves a neutral third party, assisting the conflicting parties to reach a
conclusion to their dispute themselves. Read more - open to all

Garden Connect launches a comprehensive plant database

Garden centres, growers, and trade nurseries can now access an extensive database filled with over 300,000 photos of 75,000 different plant species through Garden Connect. Read more - open to all

Example database

Extended support for garden Centres in Hunt’s autumn statement

The Autumn Statement by Jeremy Hunt aimed particular support at the much-beleaguered hospitality, leisure and retail sector, meaning that garden centres and farm shops will benefit from increased and extended relief. Read more - open to all

Now is the time to submit planning applications

Pleydell Smithyman are specialist Garden Centre Design and Business Consultants working across the UK and further afield, helping clients get the best from their businesses. Read more - open to all

Stunning view of Perrywood GC

Cost-effective, garden sector business and marketing support

Jane Lawler has many years of experience in the garden sector and since 2013 she has worked with suppliers and retailers to support their businesses on a consultancy or interim basis. Read more - open to all

Branding projects

Ecommerce expert looking for partnership

Are you struggling to get online? Or do you perhaps have a website but cannot get any sales? You realise its going to cost 60-80k to get up and running and your business cannot afford to take that risk? Read more - open to all

MSC provides guidance as restaurants work toward July 4 reopening date

With garden centres in Wales and England now having been given the green light to re-open, and with the Government’s Coronavirus response roadmap suggesting that restaurants and cafés may be able to open in some format from as early as July 4th, a light has appeared at the end of the tunnel for owners. Read more - open to all

Andrew Burton

MSC offers guidance as garden centres prepare for the new normal

With garden centres across the UK having been closed for weeks, affecting revenue significantly, owners have been working with sector specialists Malcolm Scott Consultants to plan for the ‘new normal’ in the hope that they can reopen in the coming weeks. Read more - open to all

Andrew Burton

Extension works complete at Laylocks in Worcester

Construction work has completed ahead of schedule on a 470sqm extension at Laylocks Garden Centre near Worcester, despite the terrible weather. Read more - members only

Hannah and Martin Warr with the new extension

PR – a necessity or nice to have?

Why not give us a call to find out more. No obligation. But give PR a chance. Your business’ reputation deserves it. Read more - open to all

Marc Rosenberg, Cassie King, Kimberley Hornby and Robbie Cummings.

After many changes in the law, did you know…?

A company can be held responsible for an employee’s behaviour on social media and travel from home to the first meeting should be paid for. GIMA members hear about many recent changes in legislation. Read more - members only

Two garden centres sign for new extensions at Glee

There was double success for Smiemans at Glee as two garden centres signed contracts for new buildings. Read more - members only

Charlie Groves signs for a new Smiemans building

Meet the team at Malcolm Scott

Meet the team at Malcolm Scotts, Chartered Planning and Development Consultants, who can help on all aspects of planning negotiations and applications. Read more - open to all

L-R: Faisal Ishaq, Chris Primett, Malcolm Scott, Tracy Hubbard, Fiona Wiggins, Alex Ginés Heiwegen

Sales & Marketing consultancy

Having spent the last 20 years working for Stewart, Nigel Thompson has launched his own Sales & Marketing consultancy, Nigel Thompson & Associates Limited. Read more - open to all

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