April and May fail to recoup lost March sales

Despite growth in April and May, average spring takings for the largest garden centres were £55,000 lower than last year according to the latest GCA statistics. See more... Read more - members only

Last Chance to enter the GIMA’s

This is the last week to enter the GIMA awards, which provide a unique opportunity to put products before a panel that includes a number of normally inaccessible senior buyers. See more… Read more - members only

HTA gives state of play for UK Nurseries

Many businesses put 2012 down as a climatic blip but with the 2013 weather being the way it is, it has become apparent that weather patterns are becoming much more volatile. This is a real challenge for our industry says the HTA. See more... Read more - members only

Last chance to enter Garden Re-Leaf Day ‘Westland Challenge’ worth £6,000

Garden centres that took part in Garden Re-Leaf Day in March need to act now to stand a chance of winning the Westland Challenge competition. See more... Read more - members only

New Waitrose plant buyer joins GIMA judges

Andy Smith, who has left Dobbies to become the new garden plant buyer at Waitrose, is one of three new judges for the GIMA Awards. See more... Read more - members only

Horticulture: An industry at crisis point

A RHS report says the skills gap in horticulture is threatening Britain’s economy, environment and food security. 70% of horticultural businesses cannot fill skilled vacancies and say career entrants are inadequately prepared for work. See more... Read more - members only

Inexperienced valuers create problems

Quinton Edwards warns that valuers with little garden centre experience are causing problems for garden centres and horticultural businesses seeking bank funding. See more... Read more - members only

RHS to raise £1m to promote jobs in horticulture

Celebrities join in The RHS Chelsea Centenary Appeal to change the perception of horticulture as a career among young people. See more... Read more - members only

Plant sales down 58% in March says GCA

GCA puts figures on the late spring. Sales were down 32% in March as outdoor plant sales fell 58%. Sales for the first 3 months are down 20%. See more... Read more - members only

GCA members invited to big peat debate

Garden Centre Association (GCA) members are being invited to attend a meeting in June (2013) to discuss peat. Read more - members only

GIMA conference is a sell out

GIMA announces new speakers and declares its conference at TGCG's flagship garden centre a sell out. See more... Read more - members only

Cold nights but warmer days forecast for April

Wiseweather predicts a month dominated by high pressure with below average rainfall, cold nights but increasingly warm, sunny days. See more… Read more - members only

What is your point of difference?

‘Focus on your point of differentiation’ was the key message from garden retailers at the latest meeting of the HTA Retail Management Group, which took place in London this week. See more... Read more - members only

Hold your nerve, GCA tells garden centres

The GCA has completed its move to the HTA offices and focuses on Grow. Interim CX Iain Wylie tells garden centres to hold their nerve as the cold weather persists. See more… Read more - members only

QVC raises £17,000 for Garden Re-Leaf UPDATED

Boyd Douglas-Davies the founder of Garden Re-Leaf Day thanked the hundreds of garden centres who joined in to start the garden season and raise funds for Greenfingers charity. See more… Read more - members only

New website for MorePerformance

MorePeople unveils a new website for MorePerformance offering training and development courses for people within the fresh produce, horticulture, food, agriculture and garden & leisure industries. See more... Read more - members only

HTA prepares for change in law on selling garden chemicals

The law has changed. From November 2015, when a retailer sells a plant protection product a certificated member of staff must be contactable at the point of sale. The HTA and the CPA are preparing an e-learning course to meet the new requirement. See more… Read more - members only

Internet sales up 15% as overall sales fall in April

Those wishing to grow at times of overall decline need to have online presence, says GfK. Although total sales were down in April, Internet sales were up 15%. See more… Read more - members only

RHS sponsors awards at National Plant Show

The RHS is backing UK growers by sponsoring the New Plant Awards at July’s HTA National Plant Show to be judged by five well known experts. See more... Read more - members only

Unwind with a round of golf with GIMA

Now’s the time to book places at the GIMA golf day, where suppliers and their customers unwind after the season with a fun round of golf and raise funds for two charities. See more... Read more - members only

GCA gets everyone guessing

The venue for the 2014 GCA conference is to be kept a secret. Clues will be given over the next few months. There are prizes for the first to guess. See more... Read more - members only

More students get help from GCA to finish studies

The GCA Trust seeks donations as more horticulture students than ever seek financial assistance to complete their courses. See more... Read more - members only

Rosy Cheeks seeks funds for another 10 children's gardens

Last night, Greenfingers launched the Rosy Cheeks Appeal to build more gardens at hospices for children and their families. One mother explained what a garden had meant to her, "Two days after my daughter died, sitting in the garden made me think I could cope with things better." See more... Read more - open to all

The Garden Centre Group is recruiting 100 apprentices

The Garden Centre Group is re-energising its apprenticeship scheme. At the same time the HTA is looking at apprenticeships to help its members attract more young entrants to the industry. See more... Read more - members only

First Franchise starts new recruitment service

First Franchise, who place high street brands as tenants on garden centres, is entering new territory with the launch of a recruitment service, FF-Candidate Select. See more... Read more - members only

Easter sales well below what was expected

The GCA reports that customer numbers were up over Easter, but sales were well below what was expected. The HTA says there is pent-up demand but warns that the longer it takes the weather to improve, the smaller the window of opportunity. See more… Read more - members only

Largest garden centres did best in February

The GCA reports that February sales were 5.5% up on the same month last year. But 29 of the 63 garden centres in the monthly survey actually reported a fall in sales. See more... Read more - members only

Datateam Publishing buys DIY Week

Faversham House has sold several publications to Datateam Publishing including DIY Week and Hardware & Garden Review. See more… Read more - members only

TGCG Bicester hosts GIMA conference

The GIMA conference and AGM will be held at the recently upgraded Bicester flagship belonging to The Garden Centre Group. Non-members will be welcomed. See more… Read more - members only

Importance of ornamentals recognised by HIP

There was important recognition for ornamental horticulture yesterday at the launch of HIP, a new body to co-ordinate horticultural research and its funding. See more... Read more - members only

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