Gardenforum reviews a turbulent year for garden retail

Here’s your chance to catch up with some of the events in the retail garden sector that you may have missed. It was a turbulent year with the collapse of Gardman; around 60 garden centres changing hands or closing, Wyevale, Bunnings, Snow and drought. This is open to all. Read more

Gardman's fire started a turbulent year

David Austin dies aged 92

David C. H. Austin Snr OBE VMH, rosarian and founder of David Austin Roses Ltd died peacefully at his home in Shropshire on Tuesday 18th December 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 92. Read more

David C.H. Austin

James Barnes is to be HTA Chairman

James Barnes, the former CEO of Dobbies, is to become the chairman of the HTA and will speak on behalf of the association with members and outside the industry. Read more

James Barnes

Hillier Nurseries Trainee Programme champions next generation of growers

Hillier Nurseries has recruited four trainee growers as part of the company’s ongoing investment in the future and the development of its production team. Read more

Hillier horticultural trainees

Territory manager for Greenkey (North England and Scotland)

Greenkey Garden & Home is delighted to welcome Darren Craven to the sales team covering Northern England and Southern Scotland. Read more

Darren Craven joins Greenkey

GCA Conference 2019 is proud to introduce guest speaker...

We are pleased to announce the confirmation of our Tuesday afternoon conference line-up. In addition to Sir Clive Woodward, England’s Rugby World Cup winning Coach (and successful businessman and entrepreneur!) we will be joined by Kevin Pietersen in conversation with our Chairman, Mike Lind. Read more

Kevin Pietersen

Communications award win for commercial nursery

One of the leading commercial nurseries in the UK, Johnsons of Whixley, is celebrating after its marketing activity received a prestigious accolade in a national awards competition. Read more

Hayley Paterson, Emily Raleigh and Stefanie Hopkins.

Pets at Glee welcomes new team member

In a move to further advance Glee’s specialist Pets at Glee section, a dedicated team member has been recently appointed, helping to further cement Glee’s representation of the pet and pet accessory market.  Read more

Glee's Siobhan Smith with her Sharpie x Amercian Bull dog Olly.

Darlac appoints new agents

Darlac, the cutting tools experts, are delighted to announce the arrival of two more agents to cover the South West and also Wales and the border counties. Read more

Peter Balacki

Mr Fothergill’s Seeds staff ‘Smarten Up’ to raise money as part of a £16,000 pledge for BBC Children in Need

Staff at Mr Fothergill’s Seeds dressed up for the occasion last week to help raise money for BBC Children in Need. Tim Jeffries, Mr Fothergill’s Commercial Director donated £1 for each person who came to work wearing a tie, an idea which came about as he is normally the only person to wear one in the office! Read more

Sara helps to raise £3,500 for Bristol homeless charity

A Despatch and Stock Controller at one of the UK's leading commercial nurseries took part in a sleep out in Bristol last Thursday (November 15, 2018) and helped raise £3,500 for a homeless charity. Read more

Sara Bowie and Jo Lea-Jones

Stronger HTA Executive Team to drive member value

Following a review carried out by the Board of the HTA, the association’s Executive Team will be strengthened in line with anticipated member needs. Read more

Personnel changes at Neudorff

The end of the season has bought personnel changes to Neudorff UK with a long-serving member of staff retiring and another taking on extra responsibilities. Read more

Tony Loftus

Smart strengthens Head Office support in preparation for a bumper year!

Smart are delighted to announce the appointment of three new team members to strengthen their Head Office Sales functions. Read more

Left to right: Karen Gorski, Piotr Bury, Ana Beunza

New elho group board member

This past summer, Melanie Meskers started her position as Chief Commercial Officer at elho. As a board member, Melanie is responsible for the commercial organisation of the elho group: the sales, marketing, product development, online and category management departments. Read more

Melanie Meskers

Dedicated horticulture staff receive plaudits for long service

A committed quartet from North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is celebrating a major milestone – after achieving more than 100 years of service combined for the company. Read more

Long service - L-R - Graham Richardson Paul Lamb and Adrian Price.

Paul to talk about ‘profit, people and the planet’ at GCA conference

Former Channel 4 News Economics Editor Paul Mason will be joining the star-studded roster of guest speakers at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference next month. Read more

Paul Mason

Tildenet appoints Head of Marketing

Tildenet Marketing Manager, James Leyland, has been promoted to the role of Head of Marketing as part of the drive to develop marketing across whole Tildenet Group. Read more

Tildenet Marketing Manager, James Leyland

Account manager of the year 2018

Rob Williams, who covers the South Midlands down to Buckinghamshire for Hozelock, won the Account Manager of the Year award for 2018 by achieving & having the largest increase on his Watering & Aquatics targets. Read more

Rob Williams

New member of the sales team for G Plants - BEES Gifts & Seeds

Following the successful reintroduction of the Bees brand in 2017, G Plants plan to roll the brand out further in 2019 with the appointment of Adam Pindus as sales manager to help continue the company’s growth and support the current sales team. Read more

Adam Pindus, Sales Manager.

New appointments bolster The Stax Trade Centres sales teams

Leading hardware and gardening wholesaler Stax Trade Centres has announced details of two major new appointments which have been made to further strengthen the company’s growing team based at its Manchester branch. Richard Cartwright and Andy Dilworth have joined the company as area sales representatives. Read more

Hillier recognises outstanding achievement after another record year

Yesterday's Hillier Garden Centre Awards were buoyant after another record year. Prizes included garden centre and employee of the year and a standing ovation for the achievement of the year, plus awards for the top suppliers. Read more

Employee of the year - Nigel Fifield

Ferry Breugem joins team Smiemans Projecten

Smiemans Projecten develops and builds many high-profile projects for commercial garden centres and other parties. In order to ensure that these projects continue keep their characteristic and innovative way, our team has recently been reinforced with Ferry Breugem. Read more

Ferry Breugem

GCA starts search for new inspector

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is this month (November, 2018) launching its search for a new inspector to help its members retain the very highest of standards in service and expertise. Read more

Iain Wylie

Koelnmesse parts company with Katharina C. Hamma

Koelnmesse, operator of spoga+gafa in Cologne has parted company with its COO citing a strategic difference of views. Read more

Katharina C. Hamma

Smart expands their sales teams

With the business growing at an exceptional pace, Smart have invested further in expanding their sales teams. Read more

Pictured left to right: Dan Twidle, Carl Beiersdorf, Louise Craven.

Former English rugby player and coach unveiled for 2019 GCA conference

Former English rugby player and coach Sir Clive Woodward OBE has been announced (November, 2018) as the first speaker booked for the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton in January (January 20 until 23, 2019). Read more

Sir Clive Woodward

Smart invests in new product development and supply chain

Smart are delighted to announce further investment in their New Product Development and Supply Chain teams, with the appointment of Michelle Lee as Category Management Co-Ordinator and Darren Bailey as Supply Analyst & Planner. Read more

Darren Bailey and Michelle Lee.

HTA Pearson Medal awarded to Baroness Fookes

This year the HTA has awarded The Pearson Memorial Medal to Baroness Fookes, the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) recognising her outstanding services to horticulture. Read more

HTA President Adam Taylor presents The Pearson Memorial Medal to Baroness Fookes

New appointment brings a bright outlook for Vitax in Scotland

Vitax Limited is continuing with its recruitment drive with the appointment of a new area sales manager for Scotland. Read more

James Miller

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