BASIS helps Green-tech enhance professional standards

Green-tech, who is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; reinforces its commitment to investing in people by sending its team out in force. Five people have attended rigorous BASIS training courses to strengthen the company’s inhouse expertise. Read more - open to all

Josh, Andrew, Cameron, Roger and Glenn - all BASIS trained Jan 2019

Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) annual conference in Luton yesterday (Monday, January 21, 2019). Read more - members only

Barton Grange Trophy for Commercial Creativity and Innovation – Bents Garden & Home

Wyevale Nurseries’ Karen gets British Empire Medal

A member of the sales support team at one of the UK’s leading commercial nurseries in Hereford has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List. Read more - open to all

Karen Jones, Wyevale Nurseries

Change in role creates opportunity at Bransford Webbs

After fourteen years working with both independent garden centres and group accounts, David Chilvers, our current northern area sales executive is taking on the role of sales manager. His new role will see him lead the sales team, whilst continuing to build the company’s relationships with group accounts. Read more - open to all

David Chilvers

Greenkey adds strength to sales team

Paul Barker joins the Greenkey sales team in the new role of Key Account Manager. This will be a nationwide business development function to strengthen and support the established territory sales roles. Read more - open to all

Paul Barker

Evergreen Garden Care strengthens commercial team

Evergreen Garden Care UK has strengthened its commercial team with three new senior appointments within marketing and sales. Read more - open to all

(L-r) Sean Elkins Ann-Marie O'Riordan and Phil Harrison.

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

Iain Wylie

GCA reveals its ‘Garden Centres of Excellence’ winners

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) revealed the winners of its most prestigious awards at its annual conference including its 10 Garden Centres of Excellence and the Garden Centres of the Year. Read more - members only

Destination Garden Centre of the Year - Bents Garden and Home

SBM Life Science Ltd welcomes new Head of Business

SBM Life Science Ltd has appointed Nick Walton as the new Head of Business for the UK and Ireland. Read more - open to all

Smiemans Projecten concludes 2018 well and toasts to the new year with the strengthened experienced team!

The current specialized and experienced team of Smiemans Projecten has been invigorated with 5 new people, including Ferry Breugem and Dries Jansen. Read more - open to all

The project team of Smiemans Projecten toast to the new year!

Decco appoints Andy Macmillan as Perth manager

Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Andy Macmillan as Manager for Decco Perth, Andy replaces John Graham who retired at the end of 2018. Read more - open to all

Andy Macmillan

Jack Robbins appointed Decco Dagenham manager

Decco has appointed Jack Robbins as Manager for Decco Dagenham effective immediately. Jack joins Decco from sister company Stearn Electric where he joined as a graduate trainee in 2015. Read more - open to all

Jack Robbins

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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 - open to all

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