Lechuza appoints new Key Account Manager

One of the gardening industry’s most influential people has joined the team at Lechuza – designers of high quality self-watering plant pots. Ian Riggs joins Lechuza as a Key Account Manager bringing with him more than 40 years of experience. Read more

Ian Riggs

New intake at Bransford Webbs

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is proud to announce the appointment of two new apprentices following successful interviews and a short trial period. Poppy Griffin and Thomas Everard have both been offered positions on the nursery team. Read more

West Country sales agent wins Garland/Worth Gardening 2017 award

Andy Burton has been voted the Garland/Worth Gardening ‘Sales Agent of the Year’.  Andy is responsible for the company’s sales in the West Country, and featured in the awards in both 2013 and 2015.  He was chosen for the award in 2017 for his impressive 24 per cent growth in sales. Read more

Andy Burton (right) receives the ‘Agent of the Year’ award from operations director, Tony Dedman

Notcutts appoints new Trading Director

Family-owned garden centre group, Notcutts, has announced the appointment of Sarah Silverwood as Trading Director. Read more

 Sarah Silverwood, Trading Director

Two new appointments at Darlac

Garden tools specialists Darlac are pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Owen as Business Development Manager. Read more

Chris Owen, Business Development Manager.

Brian Carbury, of BC Associates, has died

Brian Carbury, ‘a huge character’, has died.  BC Associates specialised in the supply and merchandising of handmade Turkish Terracotta Pots, especially to Country Gardens and Wyevale. Read more

Brian Carbury

Interview with Glee’s keynote speaker, Nick Bailey

Nick Bailey talks about his experience in the horticultural industry, what continues to inspire him about gardening and many other topics in this interview.
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Nick Bailey 2017 (credit Lesley Cook)

Stephen Pickering Rest in Peace

Stephen Pickering passed away on 9th August after a brave fight against cancer surrounded by his family. A burial service will be held to celebrate his life and all are welcome. Read more

Stephen Pickering

Briers strengthens supply chain with expanded sales team

Fashion-led garden clothing and giftware company Briers has further increased investment in its sales management team, with new team members added following on from appointments made throughout the year to strengthen the supply chain. Read more

Tara Truman - Key Account Manager

Farplants continues to grow with new Account Manager appointments

To support growing sales and the demand for their new ranges, leading outdoor plant supplier The Farplants Group, bolsters its team with two new staff members. Read more

Zoe Bruce

High flying fundraisers raise money for Hortaid

Last weekend three fundraisers raised almost £3,000 for HortAid, Perennial’s annual fundraising campaign. Two brave thrill-seekers, Manoj Malde and Gillian Goodson, took to the skies to skydive over Wiltshire, while Brian Hawtin walked an epic 100km in under 24 hours, all to raise money for the charity that is dedicated to helping horticulturists in times of need. Read more

Manoj Malde (left) and Gillian Goodson (right)

David Coop becomes director at Elsoms Seeds

David Coop becomes research, development and marketing director at Elsoms Seeds Ltd in Peterborough. Read more

David Coop

Wyevale Nurseries’ staff join 30 years’ service club

Two members of staff from Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford were recently (July, 2017) presented with medals to honour their long service to the company. Read more

(L-r) Steve Reed, Heather Williamson and Director, Steve Ashworth.

GCA’s South Thames area winners revealed

The winners of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) South Thames regional awards were revealed during a presentation evening yesterday (Wednesday, July 26, 2017) at Castle Gardens in Dorset. Read more

Squires Garden Centre – Hersham

Woodlodge to skydive for Greenfingers!

Richard Newton and Abigail Stocker from Woodlodge Products will be taking to the skies to raise money for Greenfingers Charity on 17th September.  Read more

Richard Newton and Abigail Stocker from Woodlodge Products

The next generation takes control at Garden Pride Marketing

This year at GLEE, Garden Pride Marketing cut the ribbon on their new look and a new team as Stephen Vincent prepares to hand over to his daughter and future Son in Law. Read more

Luke Finegan with Maxine and Stephen Vincent

New President for the HTA

Adam Taylor from Taylors Bulbs was elected as President of the HTA at the Association’s AGM which took place on 12 September at Glee. Read more

Adam Wigglesworth hands over to Adam Taylor.

Ivyline strengthen its Agency sales team following strategic review

Ivyline, the leading indoor pot specialist, have seen huge growth in the last 12 months. “Houseplants are once again very fashionable as consumers recognise the instant impact they bring to the home, as well as the well-publicised health benefits”, says James Brindle, Ivyline’s UK Sales Manager. Read more

Steven Rae

Barrus appoints new Sales & Technical Manager for Garden Division

E P Barrus Ltd is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Noble to the role of Field Sales & Technical Manager for the Garden Division. After 19 years’ service with Barrus, Phil will be stepping up from his position as Area Sales Manager. Read more

Phil Noble, Field Sales & Technical Manager for the Garden Division.

Farplants continues focus on innovation with new Trade Marketing Manager

To build upon the success of their recently released new concept ranges, The Farplants Group create a new position.  Emma Glue joins as Trade Marketing Manager and is the latest addition to the Farplants team. Read more

Emma Glue joins Farplants as Trade Marketing Manager

Decco appoints Debbie Paterson

Decco has appointed respected hardware, DIY and garden operator, Debbie Paterson as its new area sales manager in Scotland. Read more

Debbie Paterson

Simon Fraser appointed to HTA Board

Simon Fraser, Managing Director of Ben Reid & Co in Aberdeen, has been appointed to the HTA Board. Read more

Simon Fraser

Society of Garden Designers announces new Vice Chair

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has appointed Sarah Morgan MSGD as its new Vice Chair working alongside SGD Chair, Philippa O'Brien MSGD. Read more

Sarah Morgan MSGD is the new Vice Chair.

Green-tech expands its team to meet increasing demand

Green-tech’s operations department welcomes two new starters to strengthen its team. School leaver George Goodier is the latest Apprentice to join Green-tech. George is undertaking a Business Administration apprenticeship operated through Tyro Training, the commercial training division of www.craven-college.ac.uk. Read more

George Goodier and Franky Blakey.

New appointments for RSW International Limited

These recent appointments have been made to support the future growth of our business within the Garden & Leisure industry. As additional commitment to our current and evolving customer base RSW will also be exhibiting at Glee where we will be previewing our 2018 Spring/Summer Outdoor Dining Collections alongside our Pet collections. Read more

Lee Kennerley

Glendale Horticulture appoint new production manager

Glendale Horticulture is pleased to announce that Munya Verenga has joined the team as production manager for their midlands nurseries, effective from July 2017. Read more

Munya Verenga

Chris Bowles to step down as Director and Shareholder of Bowles & Wyer

After nearly a quarter of a century with landscape design and build company Bowles & Wyer, co-founder Chris Bowles is stepping down as a director and shareholder. Read more

Chris Bowles

GCA North Thames award winners announced

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Thursday, July 27) unveiled its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Ayletts Nurseries in Hertfordshire. Read more

Perrywood Garden Centre

Rising Stars shortlist announced

The final 12 candidates in the Rising Stars class of 2017 have been announced. There was friendly rivalry at both the Westland/GCA Rising Stars North and South masterclass earlier this month, when all presented the results of their projects to the group, showing they have driven sales across spring as a result of their learning. Read more

Monkton Elm Garden Centre

GCA award winners announced for Midlands area

Members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) yesterday (Tuesday, July 25, 2017) received awards for the Midlands region at a presentation hosted by Planters Garden Centre - Tamworth. Read more

Webbs, Wychbold

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