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

Garden centres increase footfall via Local SEO Marketing

It’s not surprising Local SEO is getting more and more popular to drive traffic to garden centres since almost half of the searches on Google are targeting something local. Garden Connect, explains how Local SEO works.
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How the pandemic changed the way customers shop

Leading online marketing provider Garden Connect provides services to many garden centres to improve their online sales channels. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The ultimate way to get customers to your garden centre via Google Shopping

A worldwide survey among consumers showed that 76% of the offline purchases start online: consumers want to know which store is selling the products they are looking for. They also need practical information: opening hours, a phone number and directions. Read more

Garden Connect - the ulitmate way to get customers to your garden centre via Google shopping.

Garden centres connect with their mobile customers

Davidson Richards & Garden Connect help garden centres connect with their mobile customers. Today, more than ever, garden centre customers expect a connected retail experience whether in-store, through mobile devices or the web. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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