Steve Nicholls recognised for 25 years of committed service

Blue Diamond MD, Alan Roper, says congratulations and well done to the general manager at Newbridge Nurseries, Steve Nicholls, who is celebrating 25 years of service. Read more

Alan Roper congratulates Steve Nicholls

New manager at Squire's Garden Centre in Chertsey

Rupert Sleight has been appointed Garden Centre Manager at Squire’s in Chertsey. Read more

Rupert Sleight - Garden Centre Manager Squire's Chertsey

New sales director appointment for AMES UK

AMES UK appoint a new sales director for multiples business. Rob Parker will lead the 17-strong team driving business acquisition and growth in the Grocery, DIY, High Street, Export and Online channels. Read more

Rob Parker

Syngenta Flowers appoints a new Head of Sales Netherlands and Belgium

Syngenta Flowers appointed Edwin Zuidgeest as Head of Sales for the Netherlands and Belgium. Read more

Marco van der Sar new chairman of the Flower Council of Holland

Marco van der Sar has been appointed chairman of the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) board. Marco is succeeding Henk Spoon, who is standing down after three years. Read more

Marco van der Sar new chairman of Flower Council of Holland

Nursery sector loses a well-known figure with Renato Canale’s death

Renato Canale, the driving force behind  Europlants and a leading figure in the nursery industry for almost 60 years, has died aged 78. Read more

Renato Canale

Hygeia expands its UK team

Hygeia are pleased to announce the appointment of Carrie Burgess, to strengthen their presence in the UK garden care market, as Marketing & PR executive. Read more

Carrie Burgess

Azpects Ltd expands marketing team

Azpects Ltd, creators of EASYJoint, are pleased to welcome apprentice Chloe Ryman to their Marketing Team. Azpects specialise in developing and manufacturing products for creating and maintaining outdoor hard landscaping. Read more

Chloe Ryman

Promotion for Haskins Garden Centre’s catering manager

Jason Froggatt, who first joined Haskins Garden Centres in 2003, has been promoted to Group Catering Manager. Read more

Jason Froggatt

Ekju management forms AMATA for MBO

The management of garden furniture specialist EKJU has completed a MBO as AMATA in what it calls turbulent times.  Demand is high and there’s a shortage of raw materials. Read more

Nicholas Marshall looks set to return

Nicholas Marshall, now chief executive of the Country House Group, looks set to return to garden retailing if, as expected, a lease is signed to take over the plant centre at Lavershot Barns. Read more

Nicholas Marshall

Eddie Topping retires after career spanning 7 decades

After 65 years at the helm of one of Lancashire’s most successful family businesses, Eddie Topping has stepped down as Chairman of The Barton Grange Group. Read more

Nova Outdoor Living focus on customer service with new hires

Nova Outdoor Living has recently revealed its new focus on customer service with the addition of several new admin members joining the Nova team. Read more

Nicol Burchell

Squire’s employee awarded for going the extra mile!

Each year Squire’s Garden Centres gives a ‘Made A Difference’ award to one of their employees who has gone over and above the call of duty. Read more

Martin Breddy & Stuart Sullivan

SBM Life Science appoints new head of sales for the UK/I

SBM Life Science Ltd are delighted to announce the recent promotion of Scott Williams to Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland. Read more

Zest 4 Leisure raises over £8,000 for MacMillan in 24 hour event

Outdoor garden furniture, wooden products and decorative garden structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure has completed a 24-hour run / walk charity challenge, raising over £8,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Read more

Two new non-exec directors for Squire's

Squire’s Garden Centres has appointed two new non-executive Directors.  Rob Collins recently retired as MD of Waitrose. Tony Perkins was Audit Lead Partner at BDO. Read more

Chairman Sarah Squire (centre) with new Non-Executive Directors, Rob Collins (l) & Tony Perkins (r)

Garden centre headlines around the country

Headlines around the country include a sale and lease back by Dobbies, controversy about breast feeding in a garden centre and thefts of catalytic converters at Bents. Read more

Gary Plevey, a true gentlemen, with his family

Industry newcomer, Ian Hepburn talks about trading and reducing peat

It was a steep learning curve for Ian Hepburn who joined Evergreen Garden Care a few months ago as marketing director,  having worked previously for Mars.  Read more

Ian Hepburn

Azpects Ltd adds to support staff

Azpects Ltd, creators of EASYJoint, are pleased to welcome two new staff members to their support team. Read more

GIMA announces the re-election of Simon McArdle

Re-elected GIMA President, Simon McArdle, thanks retail customers on behalf of the membership. Plus, Kate Ebbens re-joins GIMA Council. Read more

GIMA President Simon McArdle of Westland Horticulture

New marketing director for Evergreen

Ian Hepburn joined Evergreen Garden Care a few months ago as the new marketing director.  He succeeds Ann-Marie O’Riordan who has a new group role in the company. Read more

Ian Hepburn

Swedish success story for Highfield Garden World protégé

The team at Highfield Garden World in Gloucestershire are toasting the success of former member of staff Alcwyn Davies having heard the news that he has beaten 1700 others to win a coveted award in his adopted home country of Sweden. Read more

Alcwyn Davies - Highfield Garden World protege receiving his award

AMES UK names new HR director

AMES UK has appointed of Nicola Sykes to the newly created role of HR director.  She will be bring together True Temper, Kelkay, La Hacienda and Apta into a single, strong, harmonised team Read more

Nicola Sykes, Ames UK HR director

Seventh generation Durston joins family business

Katie, the daughter of company director Dan, announced last year she would like to join the family business in the autumn. She will obtain job experience at Durstons whilst working towards a recognised national qualification. Read more

Green-tech raises the bar by offering Degree Apprenticeships

Green-tech is providing its employees with the opportunity to study for a higher education qualification whilst continuing to work, by offering Degree Apprenticeships. Read more

L-R: George Shepherd, Kate Farrer, Rachel Kay, Sarah Whitley.

New appointment at Wildlife World

Wildlife World, designer and manufacturer of wildlife habitats and feeders, have appointed Graham Robinson to their management team, to lead their operations and procurement function. Read more

Graham Robinson

Crazy challenges for Garden Re-Leaf Day

Back the Greenfingers fundraisers who will be walking, running, skipping, cycling, quizzing, abstaining, shaving their heads, mowing, planting and donating on Garden Re-leaf day this Friday 19th March. Read more

The head shavers - Sue Allen and Tammy Woodhouse

HTA announce appointment of new gifting director

The HTA has signalled its commitment to developing and improving the gifting side of its offer with the appointment to the new position of Director of Gifting Sales and Marketing.  Read more

Jon Dixon

White Stores excited by new managing director’s strategy

White Stores’ personnel push has recently seen the business acquire new staff in all areas of the business, including new Managing Director, Tom Roffey. Tom Roffey has been with the firm for a few months now and White Stores is already seeing exciting changes. Read more

Tom Roffey

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