Wyevale sells another GC and calls time on Central Distribution

Wyevale Garden Centres has sold Worthing Ferring to Cobbins Nursery.  It is also to end its central distribution contract with XPO. Read more - members only

Creditors agree CVA for owner of Cotswold Outdoor

The parent company of Cotswold Outdoor, a concession holder on several of the largest garden centres, has agreed a CVA. Read more - members only

Notcutts cut ribbon on refurbished Booker

Andrew and Caroline Notcutt cut the ribbon on the refurbished Booker garden centre.  Two thirds of the groups’ centres have now been refreshed in the £40m upgrade programme. Read more - members only

Stuart Blight, Nick Burrows, The Mayor, Caroline and Andrew Notcutt and Steve Baker MP

Peter Beales Roses opens £750k development

Peter Beales Roses celebrates the opening of a new restaurant at their garden centre in Attleborough East Anglia and the launch of the Thorncroft clematis collection. Read more - members only

Martin Davies buys back Raglan from Wyevale

4 years after selling their garden centre to Wyevale, Martin and Jean Davies are to buy back Raglan Garden Centre, through Coldbrook Ventures Ltd. Read more - members only

Martin and Jean Davies

Bicester – “It seems we may have unleashed a beast”

Bicester Avenue takes off under Blue Diamond.  Commenting on close to 6-figure sales on Easter Monday, Alan Roper says, “It seems we may have unleashed a beast.” Read more - members only

For the Bathroom

Cherry Lane opens 3rd nursery

Cherry Lane garden centres has opened nursery No. 3 to supply ‘Grown by Us’ to its 13 value driven garden centres. Read more - members only

Grown By Us 6 pack pansies - £2.49

By 2020 Dobbies' offer will be completely different

As the Dobbies deal is announced, Marcus Eyles told GIMA suppliers his task is to put a heritage gardening brand back on the map after the difficult Tesco years. By 2020 the Dobbies offer must be completely different. Read more - members only

Marcus Eyles

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees the sale of 31 centres to Dobbies Garden Centres

Wyevale Garden Centres have announced the sale of 31 centres to Dobbies Garden Centres for an undisclosed sum. Read more - members only

Moreton Park

Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill opens new temporary building

Julian Winfield, CX of Haskins, said, “Doing the construction in two phases like this has undoubtedly added time and cost to the project, but we believe that there are enormous benefits to our approach.” Read more - members only

Facelift for Leighton Buzzard garden centre

The new owner of Leighton Buzzard Garden Centre has just completed phase 1 of a face lift.  He also owns Willington Garden Centre near Bedford and owns a supplier of terracotta glazed pots. Read more - members only

Notcutts recognises its best performers

Notcutts Garden Centres, has hosted its annual conference and awards dinner to celebrate the success of colleagues and teams across its 18 garden centres nationwide. Read more - members only

Norwich Garden Centre won the award for Best Restaurant Performance

Dobbies signs up to Nisa

Dobbies has identified an opportunity to grow sales by addressing visitors everyday shopping needs.  This has led to a deal with Nisa across 35 foodhalls. Read more - members only

Prime Minister helps Hare Hatch Sheeplands retail again

The Prime Minister has helped convince a planning inspector to allow Hare Hatch Sheeplands to re-open a garden shop 22 months after it lost its planning battle with Wokingham District Council. Read more - members only

Rob Scott

Veronique Laury to leave Kingfisher

Veronique Laury the Group CEO of Kingfisher is to leave along with 2 other executives. The announcement coincided with news of a fall in profits at group that owns B&Q and Castorama in France. Read more - members only

Véronique Laury

New unified outdoor range helps B&Q growth in first quarter

Kingfisher reports that first quarter sales of unified ranges continue to grow ahead of non-unified ranges. The new outdoor range was rolled out to all markets with a global marketing campaign. Read more - members only

Denia ‘unique’ outdoor furniture range

Klondyke resilient despite Stokesley fire

Accounts just published show how the Beast from the East and the fire at Stokesley hampered Klondyke Group sales in an otherwise successful trading year. Read more - members only

MBO at GroWell

The management of GroWell, a leading online supplier of hydroponics equipment with stores around the country, have completed a management buy-out. Read more - members only

Dobbies releases capital from Northumberland garden centre

Dobbies has sold one of the Wyevale garden centres it bought last year to LXI, a property investment company, in a 30-year sale and lease back deal. Read more - members only

Plans submitted for two 2 massive garden centres

Plans have been submitted for an 8500 sq m. Blue Diamond garden centre on the Elveden Estate, while further plans have been submitted for the 53 acre outlet village and garden centre near Tewkesbury. Read more - members only

Tewkesbury visuals

Wyevale changes Garden Club (UPDATED)

Wyevale is changing its Garden Club from a points based reward scheme to instant rewards with 5% discount at the till or online. It will also stop selling its own branded gift cards. Read more - members only

Warning about scam banking emails

ScanCom has warned of scam emails to customers purporting to change a suppliers banking details. They are very believable and could fool the unwary. Several companies have had similar experiences. Read more - members only

Wyevale enters the end game

Wyevale will have realised almost 80% of the its value when the current sales complete. 59 of its mostly smaller garden centres will remain. Consultation is to start on reducing the size of head office. We look at the list of garden centres sold. Read more - members only

Stratford on Avon, to be acquired by Dobbies

Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of six garden centres

Wyevale Garden Centres has announced two transactions for a total of six centres to garden centre groups Hillier Nurseries and Otter Nurseries. Read more - members only

Cheddar Garden Centre

Evergreen TV campaign to improve connection with consumers

Evergreen has started its TV campaign for Miracle-Gro and Roundup which runs till the middle of June. Read more - members only

Paul Grinsell to leave as BHETA restructures

Following the purchase of Brooke House Exhibitions, BHETA is to restructure with Will Jones as COO and Clare Holland as finance director. Read more - members only

Paul Grinsell

APAC to build centre next to Wyevale Rowena

APAC Group is to build its first floristry centre, a new concept, next to Wyevale’s Rowena garden centre in Leicester. Read more - members only

Wyevale to close Crowland at the end of April

Wyevale is to close Crowland garden centre Nr Peterborough at the end of April if no buyer has been found, according to local news reports. Read more - members only

30+ Wyevale garden centres likely to be sold

The sale of 30+ Wyevale garden centres is likely to be announced within weeks with Dobbies a likely purchaser and other groups in negotiations. Read more - members only

Andover, one of the Wyevale garden centres yet to be sold

Three more garden centres for Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond announced the locations of a further 3 garden centres, including its biggest, at last night’s awards evening as Alan Roper received a standing ovation to recognise his 20 years contribution. Read more - members only

David Danning hides behind the Blue Diamond fashion team

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