Andrew McIndoe to leave Hillier Nurseries

Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres have today announced that Andrew McIndoe is to leave the company on Friday 23 October for pastures new. Read more - open to all

Andrew McIndoe is to leave Hillier Nurseries

Rising Stars finalists announced

The names of the six finalists of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) & Westland Rising Stars Programme have been announced. Read more - open to all

The Rising Stars, with Iain Wylie (far left) and Ian Boardman (second from the left) at their final

Blue Diamond has a new Chairman

Simon Burke, ex Chairman of Hobbycraft and former CX of Virgin Entertainment is the new chairman of Blue Diamond Group of garden centres.  Read more - members only

Simon Burke

BHETA appoints Grinsell as Home Improvement Director

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has appointed Paul Grinsell as Home Improvement Executive Director following the departure of Peter Stone. Paul takes up his new role on October 5. Read more - open to all

Paul Grinsell

New general manager role for growing family business – Highfield Garden World

Family owned Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire has created and filled a new general manager role to help the business cope with recent rapid expansion. Read more - open to all

New President for HTA

The HTA Annual General Meeting took place at Glee on Tuesday 15 September. Adam Wigglesworth from Aylett Nurseries was appointed as President of the Association taking over the role from Stan Green of Growforth who becomes the Immediate Past President. Read more - open to all

(L-R) Carol Paris, Adam Wigglesworth and Stan Green.

Green-tech - Employer of the Year winner at BALI Landscape Awards 2015

Leading landscape supplier Green-tech has been announced as a winner in the BALI Landscape awards 2015 ‘Employer of the Year’ category. Read more - open to all

Chairman Richard Kay with MD Rachel Kay keeping allt he plates spinning.

Steve Harper to work with the magical marketing team at Maryanne Stokes Limited

Steve will work with Maryanne Stokes Limited as an associate business consultant after a career heading up Bord na Mona UK and Vital Earth, driving sales at Gardman and Sinclair and working for various other blue chip manufacturers. Read more - open to all

Steve Harper

Treadstone Products strengthens team with new UK Head of Garden Retail

Treadstone Products has strengthened its UK sales team with the promotion of Matt Thompson to UK Head of Garden Retail. Read more - open to all

Matt Thompson

Garland-Worth Gardening 'Sales Agent of the Year' award

Impressive sales increase results in Tony Robson scooping Garland/Worth Gardening ‘sales agent of the year’ award. Read more - open to all

1.	Tony Robson (left) receives the ‘Agent of the Year’ award from operations director, Tony Dedm

Steve Harper has left Gardman

Sales director Steve Harper has left Gardman but a suggestion that this is linked to an acquisition of Solus brands seems not to be true. Read more - members only

Steve Harper

Kelkay appoints Alan Sheppard to lead UK sales department


Alan Sheppard, a GIMA council member and garden retail industry professional with 27 years’ experience, has joined Kelkay to build on its close relationships with garden centre groups across the UK. Read more - open to all

Alan Sheppard

Kelkay appoints Richard Slade to senior management role 

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, continues to grow as Richard Slade joins the company as building products divisional director. Read more - open to all

 Richard Slade joins Kelkay as building products divisional director

GCA Trust award goes to Capel Manor student Sian

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust has recently (July, 2015) given out its annual award for Exceptional Plant Knowledge. Read more - open to all

 Sian Davis receives her GCA Trust award from Carol Paris, Chief Executive of the HTA

September thanksgiving service for Charles Notcutt

A service of Thanksgiving in memory of Charles Notcutt will be held on Friday 11th September 2015 at Woodbridge.  For details - Read more - open to all

Conference delegates to be inspired to be champions

A British Olympic Silver and World Championship Gold Medallist has been booked for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) conference in January (2016) to inspire attendees to bring out the best in their teams. Read more - open to all

Roger Black MBE, who will be one of the main speakers at the next GCA Conference in January (2016).

New manager at Squire’s Garden Centre in Woking

Squire’s Garden Centres are delighted to announce the appointment of Ed Ridgeon as Manager at their Woking centre. Read more - open to all

Ed Ridgeon – Manager at Squire’s in Woking

Ben wins IPPS International Exchange Award

Product Development Co-ordinator Ben Gregory at Wyevale Nurseries has won the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS) International Exchange Award. Read more - open to all

Ben Gregory - Product Development Coordinator

New President promises HTA will give change a great big ‘Bear-Hug’

Introducing the Garden Futures Conference, new president, Adam Wigglesworth said “The entrepreneur spirit is as alive as ever. The HTA is giving change a great big bear hug.” Read more - members only

HTA President, Adam Wigglesworth

HTA Pearson Memorial Medal awarded to Colin Squire at
HTA Garden Futures

Industry stalwart and Chairman of Squires Garden Centres, Colin Squire, was presented with the Pearson Memorial Medal at the HTA Garden Futures Dinner, which took place on 30 September at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. Read more - open to all

Colin Squires receiving the Pearson Memorial Medal from Carol Paris.

TV star to appear at PATS Telford

Trude Mostue, star of the BBC hit programmes Vet School and Vets in Practice, will return to the UK limelight when her new company Dr Krill Ltd exhibits at PATS Telford on September 27-28. Read more - open to all

Trude Mostue, star of the BBC hit programmes Vet School and Vets in Practice.

The Tildenet Group appoints Edward Cantle as retail sales manager

Edward Cantle has got straight to work in his new role as Retail Sales Manager on the enormous Tildenet stand at GLEE 2015. Read more - open to all

Smart Garden Products strengthens Sales Team

Smart Garden Products have strengthened their sales team with the appointment of Nick Lamin as National Sales Manager to take over from Hannah Beckwith who has been promoted to the role of National Account Manager. Read more - open to all

Fiskars appoint Richard Carr as new Commercial Director for UK

Richard Carr joins brand leader Fiskars to lead the company's growth plans as Commercial Director of the UK business. Read more - open to all

Richard Carr, Fiskars new Commercial Director

Maryanne Stokes fires up her branding department

Following a period of rapid growth, Somerset-based PR and marketing agency Maryanne Stokes Limited (MSL) is expanding its service offering with a new consultant joining the team. Read more - open to all

Sarah Greenaway

Zest 4 Leisure Iron Men in Poland

Zest 4 Leisure Iron Men take on the Polish Iron Man challenge Read more - open to all

Steve Morgan on his bike

Sales person of the year

Stormafit Ltd are pleased to present the sale person of the year award to Richard and Nathan Foster Read more - open to all

The death is announced of John Pearson, chairman and co-founder of Burston Nurseries

John Pearson, the chairman and co-founder of Burston Nurseries, Burston Rose & Garden Centre and Hertfordshire Fisheries in St Albans passed away on Saturday 25th July, aged 87. Read more - open to all

John Pearson in his beloved Spitfire

New lighting cuts annual running costs at Webbs by £29,000

Most garden centres don't realise how much money they could be saving by changing over to LED lighting.  Read more - members only

Kelkay appoints Jonathan Wilson manufacturing manager

Kelkay, the market-leading manufacturer and distributor of aggregates, has appointed Jonathan Wilson to the position of manufacturing manager. Read more - open to all

 Jonathan Wilson appointed as the new manufacturing manager

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