Tough start for new Kingfisher CEO

There is much to do to improve our performance says Thierry Garnier, reporting his first quarterly results for Kingfisher. They show a like for like drop in sales at B&Q of -3.4%. Read more - members only

Plans lodged for a new Blue Diamond garden centre

Plans have been submitted to build a garden centre that would be operated by Blue Diamond in the walled garden of the Elveden Estate. Read more - members only

New distribution centre for Kettler

Brand new £2m market-leading distribution centre takes centre stage at Kettler HQ. The extra high facility, which is centrally located adjacent to its current warehouse, will treble the company’s current onsite capacity. Read more - open to all

Paul Bevington, Managing Director & John Newburn, Operations Manager at Kettler.

Warning for top online plant retailers

A free Insight report by Salience shows the top online plant retailers and how some well-known names have lost search engine visibility… Download the report and get advice. Read more - members only

Mike Lind on the GCA, independence and the minimum wage

Monkton Elm’s Mike Lind gets ready to hand over the chairmanship of the GCA and warns that the proposed increase in minimum wage could be a significant threat for the garden centre sector. Read more - members only

Mike Lind

Squires rolls out a new image

Squires is rolling out a storewide brand and signage refresh across its 15 garden centres. It has started with Badshot Lea. Read more - members only

The vibrant berry hue at Frensham

YouGarden gets backing for MBO

YouGarden, the multi channel garden retailer whose revenues have grown 35% pa for the last 5 years, has completed an MBO with the backing of Kester Capital. Read more - members only

Westonbirt Arboretum buys Silk Wood House

Forestry England and the Friends of Westonbirt have added to the National Arboretum for the first time in nearly 200 years by buying the next door Silk Wood House. Read more - members only

Silk Wood House

Owners hope Syon Park will reopen in 2020

Northumberland Estates hopes to re-establish trading from Syon Park Garden Centre as soon as is feasible.  Wyevale closed the site last month. Read more - members only

Malcolm Scott helps resolve the Whitehall conundrum

Despite having permission for the 11,000 sq.m re-development of Whitehall garden centre in Lacock, Wiltshire, starting the project would have breached their planning terms. Read more - members only

Rosebourne gets consent to expand Solihull

Rosebourne gets planning consent to expand and create its full offer at Solihull garden centre, formerly Hampton in Arden, that it acquired from Wyevale. Read more - members only

Neudorff turns to DLF Seeds for UK distribution

Having withdrawn from exhibiting at Glee at the last minute, Neudorff has revealed that, with immediate effect, DLF Seeds will be distributing its garden products in the UK. Read more - members only

Ames’ Antony Harker returns to garden centres

Antony Harker, formerly of Tong and Kelkay, is to step down as MD of Ames UK having acquired a stake in part of British Garden Centres. Read more - members only

Richard Slade, Antony Harker and Richard Pyrah

Glendale Horticulture predicts a return to profit

Results from Alston Investments projects a return to profit for Glendale Horticulture in 2019 after posting a loss before tax of £-1.9m for 2018. Read more - members only

B&Q and France pull Kingfisher sales down

Departing Kingfisher CEO Veronique Laury reports a drop in sales and profits in the last 6 months as B&Q sales fell -3.2% (like/like). Read more - members only

NemaKnights exclusive for DECCO

Environmental Factors have appointed DECCO Ltd as their exclusive distributor for NemaKnights. Read more - open to all

L-r: Andy Birrell, Jon Barnes and Andrew Ballantine (COO Decco)

John Lewis opens concept store with garden design and farm shop

John Lewis opens a concept store experience at Southampton where specialists will advise on everything from wine and gardening to interiors and technology. Read more - members only

B&M continues store openings

With 645 B&M store in the UK. B&M says it is becoming the destination store for important product categories from toys and Christmas decorations to gardening and DIY. Read more - members only

The Internet Gardener to enter liquidation

The Internet Gardener has ceased trading and issued a notice of intent to enter liquidation. Read more - members only

Notcutts chairman to step down

Notcutts is to start the search for a new chairman, following the announcement that Nicky Dulieu is stepping down.  Read more - open to all

Nicky Dulieu

Agrumi sells wholesale nursery to Folium and Flos Plants

Agrumi has announced that Folium and Flos Plants will be taking over its wholesale nursery on November 1st.  It will remain business as usual. Read more - members only

Work starts on 40,000ft extension to Selby GC

Work has started on an extension to Selby Garden Centre in Yorkshire that is too small to be profitable.  The additions will more than double its turnover. Read more - members only

Garden centres hit by Bonmarché administration

As many as 20 garden centres could be affected by the Bonmarché administration at the end of last week. Read more - members only

Stax and Primeur agree exclusive distribution deal on recycled range

The UK’s leading producer of garden products manufactured from recycled rubber has signed an exclusive new distribution deal with Stax Trade Centres. Read more - open to all

L-R: Sarah McLafferty, Simon Wright of Stax, Primeur’s Jenny Douthwaite & Stax’s Matthew Ball.

Blue Diamond offers to sell shares after record profits

Blue Diamond offers opportunity to buy shares after reporting a 56% increase in half year profits following strong trading in the core business and the 9 garden centres purchased from Wyevale.  Read more - members only

Bicester Avenue

Latest results show mixed financial fortunes

Latest updates to our Company Results show 2018 was a year of mixed fortunes. Updates include Blue Diamond UK, Longacres, Stax, The Millbrook Garden Company, Pennells Holdings, Grange Fencing, Ball Colegrave and Synchemicals. Read more - open to all

Apollo's acquisition warms its winter trade

Apollo Gardening has recently acquired Manor Reproductions, an online retailer and wholesale supplier of fireside furnishings. Read more - members only

What next for Wyevale? 

What next for Wyevale? Why did Terra Firma choose to break up the group? Will the Wyevale name survive? Where did Wyevale go wrong? Are garden centres future proof? Gardenforum talks to Justin King and Anthony Jones. Read more - members only

Justin King

Aldermaston hits £6m in year 1

Rosebourne is celebrating 'a fantastic first year of trading' at Aldermaston after turning over more than £6 million. Read more - members only

Wyevale buys Aviva annuity to secure pension benefits

Wyevale Garden Centres has paid £44m for a bulk annuity policy with Aviva to ensure the long term security of pension members’ benefits. Read more - members only

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