Industry News

  • Dobbies reports 21% uplift over Christmas

    By GCU on January 18, 2019
    The 40-strong garden centre chain posted total sales of £24.1million for the last six weeks of the year, with footfall up across its centres, and a number of categories delivering record performances. Like-for-like sales were up 8% year on year (YOY), and 1% higher than 2016. Footfall was also up across Dobbies’ centres, with a 6% YOY increase. The garden retailer […]
  • Wyevale Nurseries employee wins British Empire Medal

    By GCU on January 16, 2019
    A member of the sales support team at one of the Wyvale Nurseries in Hereford has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List (January 2019). Karen Jones  received the medal for her long and dedicated service to Kingsland Cub Scouts in Herefordshire. The 54-year-old, who lives in Credenhill, explained: “I was extremely shocked to read […]
  • Garden centre plants seeds of success with EPOS partnership

    By GCU on January 11, 2019
    A leading Scottish EPOS supplier has been helping a family-run garden centre chain to bring its till systems up to date. Caulders operates five garden centres and restaurants across the Scottish central belt, at Mugdock Country Park, Kirkintilloch, Braidbar, Erskine and Cupar. When the company bought the Erskine business, it inherited an existing software-based EPOS system off the previous owners […]
  • Trees for bees – Johnsons keeping the bee community ‘abuzz’

    By GCU on January 10, 2019
    Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has been creating a buzz at its North Yorkshire site after planting a number of trees to help its bee population continue to soar. In peak summer, there can be 400,000 to 600,000 bees inhabiting Johnsons’ extensive nursery and so the group wanted to do something during the latter season when a lot of other […]
  • Evergreen Garden Care strengthens commercial team

    By GCU on January 7, 2019
    Evergreen Garden Care UK has strengthened its commercial team with three new senior appointments within marketing and sales. Ann-Marie O’Riordan joined the company in mid-August as marketing director with responsibility for brand, product and category developments. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held senior marketing roles, including the role of UK & Ireland marketing director, for more […]
  • Dedicated horticulture staff receive plaudits for long service

    By GCU on December 19, 2018
    A committed quartet from North Yorkshire nursery, Johnsons of Whixley, is celebrating a major milestone – after achieving more than 100 years of service combined for the company. Group managing director Graham Richardson and retail assistant manager Paul Lamb, have both worked at Johnsons for 35 years each, meanwhile resale plant buyer Adrian Price has gained 25 years of experience […]
  • Hartley Botanic reveals predicted greenhouse ownership trends for 2019

    By GCU on December 17, 2018
    Greenhouses are no longer the exclusive preserve of elderly men with pipes and wellies pottering with trowels. In 2019 they’re just as likely to be used for parties and entertaining as younger families admit they see them, not just as a route to healthier and eco-friendly living, but as luxury lifestyle accessories – according to Hartley Botanic, who have shared […]
  • The Tildenet Group appoints head of marketing

    By GCU on December 12, 2018
    Tildenet marketing manager James Leyland has been promoted to the role of head of marketing as part of the drive to develop marketing across the whole Tildenet Group. His role will now encompass the overall strategic management and delivery of all areas of online and offline marketing and the development of the growing team focussing on branding, category management, and business development. James said: “Working for a business that regularly demonstrates a positive and pro-active attitude towards growth has enabled the marketing department […]
  • Tong Garden Centre secures planning permission for next growth phase

    By GCU on December 10, 2018
    Staff and management at a Bradford garden centre are celebrating after securing planning permission for the next stage of their ambitious growth plans. Bradford Council’s Regulatory and Appeals Committee unanimously voted to approve Tong Garden Centre’s £4 million plans that include a new two storey building, a new plant canopy, a bespoke soft play and event space and the development […]
  • Help Perennial improve lives this Christmas

    By GCU on December 6, 2018
    As you prepare for Christmas with friends and family, Perennial is urging everyone across the horticulture industry to think of those in our sector who are struggling to make ends meet this festive season. Many people working in our industries are on low incomes and unemployment is rife over the winter months. For those facing redundancy, a life-changing diagnosis or bereavement, Christmas can be a very difficult […]