M&M Timber shapes up for the future

M&M Timber announces a series of senior board appointments as part of major operational changes designed to take the company to the next level of its development in the increasingly competitive timber products market. Read more

Matthew Bent nominated for Young Director of the Year in IOD awards in the North West

Matthew Bent has been shortlisted for two awards in this year’s North West Institute of Director Awards. Read more

Matthew Bent

Rosebourne appoints experienced horticultural buyer

Rosebourne starts a recruitment drive before opening its first site in August, promising a new benchmark in garden centres. Read more

Adam Dorber

Poundland launches £1 gardening range by Charlie Dimmock

Poundland has just introduced the Charlie Dimmock gardening range with a wide variety of gardening essentials, both practical and decorative, all at its famous £1 price point. Read more

Barrie King is appointed as Kelkay’s logistics manager

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, has appointed Barrie King to the position of logistics manager. Read more

Barrie King

James Clovis appointed to reinvigorate Sinclair Professional

JamesClovis has been appointed as Head of Sinclair Professional division. Read more

James Clovis

And the Rising Stars winner is……….

Sophie Liebthal has been revealed as the winner of the Westland/GCA Rising Star of 2015. Read more

(L-R): Julian Winfield, Keith Nicholson, Sophie Liebthal and Hal Cruttenden (photo GTN)

Chris Ramsden and Lolly Lee are moving to new jobs

Chris Ramsden is leaving Suttons for Hozelock at the end of February and Lolly Lee is leaving Gardman for Petface. Read more

Chris Ramsden

HTA Technology Conference – Using technology to grow

The exciting line-up continues to grow for the HTA Technology Conference on 24 February at Cranmore Park, Solihull. Read more

Jo Hailey

New area sales manager for Town & Country

The UK’s leading gardening gloves and footwear supplier, Town & Country, has appointed a new area sales manager for the South East region. Read more

Town & Country appoints Vicky Shine.

La Hacienda meet Trade & Investment Minister at the Foreign Office to boost exports

La Hacienda Directors, John & Simon Goodwin and Export Manager, Mike Darlington, attended a private meeting at the Foreign Office. Read more

La Hacienda Ministeria meeting

Hortus Loci young gun Jamie Butterworth made an RHS Ambassador

21 year old Jamie Butterworth becomes a Royal Horticultural Society Ambassador and join luminaries such Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry who were respectively the 1st and most recently appointed RHS Ambassadors. Read more

 Jamie Butterworth officially becomes a Royal Horticultural Society Ambassador

John B Edmonds dies aged 85

John B Edmonds, a leading light in the agricultural and horticultural world, died after a long illness on Friday 8th January. Read more

An image from Container Plant Manual, written by John B Edmonds

Alison returns as Tracy retires

Suffolk seedsman Mr Fothergill's has announced the appointment of Alison Mulvaney as its technical manager; she replaces about-to-retire Tracy Collacott. The move from Bayer Garden, where she has been consumer brand manager, marks a return for Mulvaney, who worked in the seed company's marketing department in 2004-5. Read more

Alison Mulvaney

Louise Hammer-Brown to join Hillier as Head of Marketing

Hillier has announced the appointment of Louise Hammer-Brown as Head of Marketing at Hillier from the 4th January. Read more

Toolbank strengthens management team

Toolbank has strengthened its senior management team with the creation of a new role of Marketing Development Director. Simon Bicknell, currently Sales Director, is moving to fill the new position. Read more

Simon Bicknell takes on new role of a new role of marketing development director

Squire’s picks Breddy to follow Espley as MD

Martin Breddy, the former head of Scotts in the UK, is to become a retailer when he joins Squire’s as MD designate in May. Read more

Martin Breddy

Hale appoints trade show marketing manager

Cait Daniels, of Ginger Creations, has taken on the role of marketing manager for Hale Events. Read more

Cait Daniels new marketing manager for Hale Events.

Fundraisers celebrate £14,109 donation to Marie Curie Appeal

Staff and Fundraisers have celebrated a record breaking donation of £14,109.19p at the Stewarts Garden Centres in Christchurch and Broom hill near Wimborne. Read more

Terry Head presents cheque to  Lorraine Nutland with the fundraisers.

Delamore Gear charity 10k run

Delamore are running for Cancer Research UK and Alzheimer's Society and are recruiting runners and sponsors for the team. Read more

Gardman appoint James Brindle as Business Development Director

Experienced sales executive James Brindle has re-joined Gardman as the company’s Business Development Director. Read more

James Brindle

Dan Williams joins Hillier as Head of Restaurants

Dan Williams joins the Hillier team in Ampfield in February to head up the restaurant division of the garden centre business. Read more

Dan Williams

Past chairmen return to honour GCA’s 50th anniversary

GCA chairmen from as early as 1967 returned to celebrate the GCA’s 50th anniversary. Read more

Bayer Garden appoints Christina Bouzala to drive brand strategy 

Consumer specialist Christina Bouzala has joined Bayer Garden as Group Brand Manager with the remit of driving a consumer led brand strategy across the company’s garden care portfolio.   Read more

Future of garden centres in the hands of a new shopper

Leading consumer and shopper behaviouralist Ken Hughes is speaking at the 2016 Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference next week (January 24 until 27, 2016) to talk about the customer of the future. Read more

Leading consumer and shopper behaviouralist Ken Hughes.

Jekka McVicar and Jamie Butterworth announced as new RHS ambassadors

Jekka McVicar of Jekka’s Herb Farm, and Jamie Butterworth of Young-Hort, were today announced as new Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Ambassadors at the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show press conference in London. Read more

Jekka McVicar of Jekka’s Herb Farm

Vitax appoints new south-east area sales manager

In preparation for a bumper 2016, Vitax Limited is set to welcome a new south-east area manager this January. Read more

AIPH sadness at loss of Doeke Faber

Members of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) have expressed their sadness at the news that their former President, Dr. Doeke Faber, has passed away this week. Read more

AIPH sadness at loss of Doeke Faber

Forest Garden welcomes new team members

As Forest Garden ramps up activity to meet the early spring demand, it has been confirmed that it has added several new team members to the mix, strengthening both its sales force presence and approach to new product development. Read more

Guy Jackson - Group Product Manager

Review of 2015 in the Garden Industry

2015 was an eventful year in the garden sector. Here is a round-up of some of the most important stories on Gardenforum throughout the year. This article is open to non-members. Read more

Bicester, one of the 8 garden centres bought by Black Rock for £112.5m

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