Industry News

  • Westland positive about future after Gardman acquisition

    By GCU on November 12, 2018
    Westland has reported that the acquisition of Gardman, taking it from administration, is developing well and that real progress is being made. Westland operations director Peter Madden, sales director John Mcdowell and Crest managing director Nick Davies are working tirelessly to bring the Gardman business within the Westland structure and ways of working, and have issued a statement to update […]
  • Smart invests in NPD and supply chain

    By GCU on November 12, 2018
    Smart has announced further investment in its new product development and supply chain teams, with the appointment of Michelle Lee as category management co-ordinator and Darren Bailey as supply analyst and planner. The new recruits will provide much needed support as the company ramps up its programme of range and category extensions. Smart managing director Jonathan Stobart commented: “Bringing Michelle […]
  • Commercial nursery invests to further improve its customer service

    By GCU on November 9, 2018
    Recruitment and infrastructure enhancements are just some of ways in which Yorkshire horticulture business, Johnsons of Whixley, has invested in its business to continue its growth. The commercial nursery has invested £12,000 to update its Plant Centre software with iVend systems to enable improved functionality at its on-site Xpress cash and carry division in North Yorkshire. As well as beginning […]
  • Committed staff at Bradford garden centre rewarded with invitation to the White Rose Awards

    By GCU on November 9, 2018
    The efforts by seven staff members to deliver exceptional service and commitment at Tong Garden Centre are being rewarded with an invitation to a prestigious awards ceremony. Plants buyer Steve Smith, front of house catering supervisor Jackie Price, kitchen assistant Sam Grainger, tills manager Diane Farrar, sales assistant Ben Hooper, head butcher Andy Pickering and head baker Lee Parnham will […]
  • Smart strengthens head office support

    By GCU on November 9, 2018
    Garden industry supplier Smart has announced the appointment of three new team members to strengthen its head office sales functions. Karen Gorski (pictured left) and Piotr Bury (pictured centre) join the UK sales team, and Ana Beunza (pictured right) joins the export sales team, focusing on the thriving French market. The investment in new staff is in response to continued […]
  • Hawkesmill Nurseries looks to future with new glasshouse

    By GCU on November 9, 2018
    With one eye firmly on an expanding future, Warwickshire-based family run business Hawkesmill Nurseries, has been busy with the construction of its brand new glasshouse this year. This July saw the concept of this project become a reality, as the one hectare glasshouse started to grow on the substantial allocated site at the nursery. Now the glasshouse is almost finished and will be by the end of the year. […]
  • Family-run nurseries team up to restore beautiful barn back to former glory

    By GCU on November 9, 2018
    Two long-established, family-run firms, Johnsons of Whixley and Ray Skelton (Harrogate) Ltd, have teamed up to supply plants for a stunning Grade II listed, newly-renovated barn. Popular wedding venue Tithe Barn is set within the grounds of the Duke of Devonshire’s majestic Bolton Abbey Estate in the Yorkshire Dales and has had developers Cripps & Co working on restoring the […]
  • Nursery employees caught ‘green-handed’ sprucing up York’s community gardens

    By GCU on November 1, 2018
    Staff from horticultural nursey Johnsons of Whixley have scattered yet more community spirit during their third volunteering project to help a worthy North Yorkshire cause. York Cares is a well-known partnership of the city’s leading employers committed to improving outdoor spaces at various community organisations across the city through employee volunteering. As part of their continued efforts to support community […]
  • Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of Woodcote Green to Dobbies Garden Centres

    By GCU on November 1, 2018
    Wyevale Garden Centres (‘WGC’), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, has announced the sale of its Woodcote Green Garden Centre to Dobbies Garden Centre Centres. Woodcote Green is the third largest garden centre in the UK market. The news follows Dobbies Garden Centres’ acquisition of five other WGC garden centres earlier this month. Located in South London, the centre was […]
  • EGO holds educational event with horticulture students

    By GCU on October 31, 2018
    Cordless outdoor power tool specialist EGO has helped horticulture students put theory into practice at Bridgwater and Taunton College in Somerset. Sixty students from the college’s horticulture, green keeping, sports turf, countryside management and arboriculture courses attended. Apprentices and employers, who are undertaking the new Apprenticeship Standard, were also invited in to take part in this special training day. Designed […]