Increased concern from businesses who rely on imports

Businesses are unable to prepare for the introduction of Border Control Points (BCPs) happening on 1 July because Government guidance is scarce and untimely. Read more - members only

Gardening sales are down on Feb 21 but up on 2020

Are garden centre sales getting back to normal?  Not yet, catering sales in February were down 25% on pre-pandemic levels according to latest figures from the GCA, but plant sales are well ahead. Read more - members only

Blue Diamond display in February

HTA names first Sustainability Champions

The first HTA Sustainability Reference Sites have been named as Hillier Nurseries, The Barton Grange Group, The Gardens Group and New Wood Trees.  Read more - members only

George Hillier

New Guide to Potentially Harmful Plants

Working with specialists, the HTA has launched a new Guide to Potentially Harmful Plants. For the first time it covers the risk to pets. Read more - members only

GCA to host first elements of annual conference virtually

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is hosting some of the first elements of its annual conference virtually for members next month (February 2022). Read more - open to all

 Iain Wylie

GCA figures confirm a massive year for Garden Centres

GCA figures show garden centre sales grew by an extraordinary +28% in 2021, with massive growth from garden leisure and outdoor plants.  There was also a strong recovery in catering revenues but... Read more - members only

Summer displays at Hillier, Windlesham

40 new members for GIMA

GIMA enters 2022 with over 40 new members and an unrivalled portfolio of business support tools. Read more - open to all

GIMA Day Conference: Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations

The first of GIMA’s 2022 Day Conferences is scheduled for February 17th.  Attendees will learn more about forthcoming changes to the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations (EPR). Read more - open to all

Key Speakers announced for Gardenex, Petquip and BHETA conference.

The Future for International Trade Conference will be held at the Stratford Manor Hotel in March.  Keynote speaker will be Shelley Boyle, Head of Business Development at ManoMano.  Read more - open to all

Success for HTA lobbying

Partial success for HTA lobbying…  in 2022 Government will allow ornamental and tree growers to join food growers importing seasonal workers.  But there's to be no overall increase in the number allowed in. Read more - members only

Online retail experienced its worst month of growth ever in November

Online retail sales recorded their lowest ever growth – falling by a staggering -19.8% Year-on-Year, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index. Read more - members only

Latest results show winners and losers during the pandemic

Results recently published on Gardenforum show winners and losers.  Companies where performance improved include Decco, Capital Gardens, Doff Portland and Longacres Garden Centre. Read more - members only

Call to back Hyde Hall growing trials

UK growers and retailers are being asked to join Peter Seabrook and become involved in the UK Floral Fantasia growing trials at RHS Hyde Hall. Read more - open to all

Perennial launches free physiotherapy service

Perennial, the charity for people working in, or retired from, the horticulture industry, is today launching a free physiotherapy service available to people working in horticulture. Read more - open to all

Dobbies to speak at BHETA

BHETA is to hold another retailer networking webinar, this time with Dobbies Garden Centres.  The event will take place on Tuesday 5th April at 11 am.  The speakers will be Graeme Jenkins, CEO and Debbie Harding, CFO Read more - open to all

Some good news from revised OWA guidelines

Good news says BHETA, many (but not all) garden and DIY products could be excluded from The Offensive Weapons Act (OWA), scheduled to come into force this Spring. Read more - members only

Shears by Kent & Stowe

Webinar to answer questions on a peat ban

The HTA and NFU have organised two special online events next Friday 4th March focusing on the government’s proposed ban on peat. Read more - open to all

AIPH to reunite at 2022 Spring Meeting in Dubai

Following two years of restrictions and uncertainty, the AIPH announces its first in-person event in two years - the 2022 AIPH Spring Meeting, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai, UAE. Read more - members only

Expo 2020 Dubai

Promotions at the HTA

David Denny has become HTA Director of Research & Insights while Marin Simmons will become Head of Horticulture leaving a vacancy for a new HTA director of Membership. Read more - open to all

Dave Denny

Chance to speak directly to John Lewis

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to hold a networking webinar with the John Lewis Partnership on Wednesday 2nd February at 10.30 am Read more - open to all

 £2m+ reward for Choice Members

Choice Marketing members are celebrating their best ever year with group turnover of £150+m.  Before Christmas a huge interim rebate of over £2m was paid out to its members. Read more - members only

Choice members and suppliers at last year's conference

HTA figures show 2021 was an incredibly strong year

The HTA detects a mood of cautious optimism, but says 1/20 jobs are vacant.  Higher inflation and increased wages costs will make 2022 a challenging year. Read more - members only

The Blue Diamond Scholarship

As one of the leading garden retailers in the UK, Blue Diamond is keen to help horticultural students.  Up to £2,500 funding is available. Read more - open to all

Blue Diamond at Bicester Avenue

BHETA to hold open webinar with Ebay

As eBay expands its focus on DIY and gardening, BHETA is to host an industry-wide webinar open to all suppliers with the online marketplace. Read more - members only

GCA reveals top 10 Christmas displays in the UK

Past winners Barton Grange Garden Centre in Preston and Castle Gardens at Sherborne, Dorset top the GCA list of the best garden centre Christmas displays. Read more - open to all

Castle Gardens

Budget criticism from the HTA

The HTA says the Chancellor’s emphasis on ‘upskilling’ the workforce does not go far enough.  Urgent government action is needed to address the lack of colleges and seasonal labour rules. Read more - members only

Garden centre sales continue to slow

September is the first month that garden centre sales have fallen since last winter according to the GCA.  This is predominantly due to a fall in lower sales of plants and gardening goods. Read more - members only

Autumn bedding at Dobbies

Home improvement remains key consumer driver says BHETA

All statistics suggest that the UK consumer focus on DIY, grow your own, garden leisure, etc remains strong beyond lockdown.  Read more - open to all

Prepare for greater catering demand says the HTA

Recent indicators suggest businesses should prepare for more patrons in their on-site catering facilities in the months to come.  Also business should start thinking about Christmas. Read more - members only

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