The Garden Centre Group focuses on Customer Service

This is year 3 of the rehabilitation of The Garden Centre Group. Year 1 was about winning back the confidence of staff, suppliers and the bank. The headline for year 2 was ‘Quality, Quality, Quality’, the drive to restore standards. The focus for year 3 will be customer service. See more... Read more

Paul Wright leaves Frosts

Paul Wright leaves Frosts as the family decides to bring Frosts Garden Centre and Frosts Landscape Construction under the control of James Frost, as Group MD. See more... Read more

Sinclair wins Sainsbury's account

William Sinclair has won the national contract to supply Sainsbury’s with multi-purpose compost in 2011. It has also increased stock holding capacity by 50%. See more... Read more

Firmans Leisure winds down

Firmans Leisure is being wound down as the directors focus on building Firmans Direct. See more... Read more

Dobbies wins Peterborough approval

Dobbies' plans to open 6 new garden centres during 2011 take another step forward as permission is granted for a new development at Peterborough. See more… Read more

Hillier to open new Eastbourne garden centre in February

Hillier Garden Centres will open its first new-build garden centre next month. The 2000 sq m. development is on the former Glyndley Nurseries on the A27 near Eastbourne. See more... Read more

Snow spoils Christmas for Flying Brands

December snow has severely disrupted some of the most important catalogue mailings for Flying Brands. See more... Read more

Haskins to invest £16.5 million this year

The recently announced £2.3m restaurant upgrade at Haskins’ West End garden centre is part of a £16.5 million investment programme by the group this year. See more… Read more

Unwins to stop selling bulbs

Westland has decided that Unwins should stop producing and selling bulbs and focus on seeds. Taylors Bulbs are to take on the bulb assets and trade. See more... Read more

Cotton Traders to open on 40 more garden centres

It is reported that over the next 3 years, Cotton Traders will open up to 15 outlets a year on garden centres. See more… Read more

2010 – The highlights

Here are the highlights of stories that appeared on the Gardenforum Noticeboard in 2010. If there are any you missed, they are all still available. See more... (Open to All) Read more

Hawkesmill Nurseries to extend production and improve despatch

Malcolm Scott Consultants have been successful in winning 2 planning permissions for Hawkesmill Nurseries in the West Midlands. This will lead to increased growing capacity and improved despatch. See more... Read more

Scotts to sell Global Professional business

Scotts Miracle-Gro has agreed to sell its Global Professional business to ICL for $270m. This includes 3 facilities in the UK. See more... Read more

Dobbies continues to expand

In the next few weeks Dobbies is to start building at Carlisle and expects to win permission for a new garden centre in Liverpool. It has also introduced a kitchen outlet in Aberdeen. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group wins tribunal case brought by former manager

The Garden Centre Group has successfully defended a claim for constructive dismissal by a former garden centre manager, who resigned months after disciplinary action for unacceptable behaviour and joined Dobbies. See more... Read more

The Garden Centre Group closes Church Lawford

The Garden Centre Group is to close its garden centre at Church Lawford, between Coventry and Rugby. It also moves head office at the end of the month. See more... Read more

Administrators seek buyer for Monro Horticulture

Monro Horticulture Ltd, trading as Monro South, was placed in administration on Monday 31 January. The administrators are seeking a buyer. See more... Read more

Uncertainty as Monro closes depots

Calls to the branches of Monro South are being met by an out-of-hours recorded message as uncertainties surround the future of the company. See more... Read more

“It’s all about our team” says Matthew Bent

Bents in Cheshire are the best destination garden centre in the UK for the 3rd year running after rigorous inspection by the GCA. Cowells of Newcastle were judged to be the best smaller garden centre. Solus was voted the best supplier. See more... Read more

Farplants opens new Finishing Centre

David Gwyther, HTA Director General, hailed Farplants’ £2.75m Finishing Centre an example to the rest of the UK nursery industry as he cut the ribbon at yesterday's opening. See more... Read more

Investment group buys Weber

Weber-Stephen Products, maker of Weber barbecues has been sold to an American investment group. The founding Stephen family retain a minority stake. See more... Read more

Vermeulens Garden Centre is for sale

The planned sale of Vermeulens Garden Centre between Woking and Guildford has fallen through. The owners are seeking a new operator to buy or lease the site. See more... Read more

Which? Gardening says seeds do best in peat based composts

The annual compost trials by Which? Gardening suggest that peat-free composts yield disappointing results when used for sowing seeds and growing-on young plants. See more... Read more

Alexander Rose sells to the Roda Group

Up-market garden furniture supplier Alexander Rose Furniture has sold a majority shareholding to the Roda Group, which also owns Jensen Leisure Furniture in the United States. See more... Read more

Marshalls encouraged by increasing demand through 2011

The performance of Marshalls is a good indicator of the state of the landscape industry. Despite the weather, sales to the public and commercial sector increased 6% while the domestic market grew 1%. See more… Read more

Sinclair poised to accelerate growth

A bullish William Sinclair has lifted its dividend by 43% after a strong performance last year. The group gained market share from competitors, eliminated debt and is ready for further acquisitions. See more… Read more

Melrose garden centre to close

According to local reports a well-known Melrose garden centre, 100 Aker Wood, is to close at Christmas. See more… Read more

Garden centre to close after Easter Sunday fine

It is reported that Bay Tree Garden Centre in Stisted, which threatened closure after being fined for trading on Easter Sunday, will close its doors in the New Year. See more... Read more

Bad weather exacerbates Christmas tree shortage

Shoppers will be paying up to £47 for a 5ft Nordmann Fir Christmas tree, as bad weather makes the shortage worse, according to The Southern Daily Echo. See more... Read more

Lower footfall hits B&Q sales

Kingfisher has revealed a 4.7% drop in sales to £924m at B&Q, but margins recover due to lower shrinkage and more direct sourcing. See more... Read more

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