When The Garden Centre Group bought Garden and Leisure last September it retained the management structure, running it like a subsidiary while it assessed the strengths of the seven garden centres.
Two directors left at the time of the acquisition: MD, Neville Prest and Carol Paris to take up her full time role with HTA. Finance director, Dave Murray became managing director, operating from the head office at Cadbury, Bristol.
Now TGCG says it is proposing to review the management structure and staffing at Garden & Leisure to ensure they are efficient. This has lead to speculation about job losses in the local press around one of the garden centres, Endsleigh in Devon.
CEO, Kevin Bradshaw is taking a methodical approach to restructuring TGCG. Having replaced all the directors from the Nicholas Marshall era, he switched attention to the regional managers. As a result 9 left the business at Christmas or will soon along with other senior management.
Now TGCG is turning its focus on to the garden centre managers, who have been undergoing appraisal.
The company said, “The Garden Centre Group is committed to developing and supporting our talent, and in light of significant investment in our individual and group-wide development programmes for 2014/2015 we are using assessment for development to best understand current strengths and development areas.”