Industry News

  • Stansted Park Garden Centre under new ownership

    By GCU on May 24, 2018
    The garden centre at Stansted Park has been acquired by new owners. Stansted Park sits on the Hampshire/Sussex border between Chichester and Portsmouth overlooking the coast. The garden centre is a central part of the visitor experience and the business has now been acquired by Paul Richards and Tim Mason. Between them Paul and Tim have over 60 years’ experience […]
  • World Bee Day creates a buzz at Poundbury Gardens

    By GCU on May 15, 2018
    Celebrating everything from hives and honey to the Queen and her worker bees, gardeners of all ages will be able to mark World Bee Day, a global initiative which raises awareness of the importance of protecting bees, at Poundbury Gardens near Dorchester on Sunday May 20 from 10am – 4pm. Culminating in a talk from the Dorchester and Weymouth Beekeepers’ […]
  • Smart Garden Products named in the FT 1000

    By GCU on May 14, 2018
    Smart Garden Products has announced that the company has been listed in the FT 1000, a Special Report listing the European companies which have achieved the highest percentage growth in revenues between 2013 and 2016. Among the 156 other companies from the United Kingdom, Smart Garden Products is the only UK company representing the Personal and Household Goods sector. With […]
  • Bradford Garden Centre launches a competition to celebrate partnership with TV gardener

    By GCU on May 14, 2018
    A Bradford Garden Centre has launched a unique competition to celebrate its continuing collaboration with a Yorkshire gardener and TV presenter. Tong Garden Centre has partnered with Leeds based garden designer and ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter Katie Rushworth for the second year running and is celebrating by offering people the chance to win a ‘money can’t buy’ prize. Competition […]
  • DECCO APPOINTS ANDREW BALLANTINE AS NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    By GCU on May 8, 2018
    Leading home improvement and garden wholesaler, Decco has appointed Andrew Ballantine as its Chief Operating Officer, following the departure of Charlie Lacey to take up a position as Managing Director of the Stearn Electric Company Limited.  The appointment is effective from 1st June 2018.   Andrew joined Decco in 1998 and was appointed Profit Centre Manager for Sheffield in 1999 […]
  • Bradstone unveils new website

    By GCU on May 3, 2018
    Domestic hard landscaping manufacturer Bradstone has unveiled a new website designed to provide customers with a hub for information and inspiration, as part of a wider rebrand campaign. The more contemporary, modernised website provides customers with an easy-to-navigate platform to access the product portfolio, including the new additions for 2018. The new website promises to be a one-stop-shop, Bradstone says, […]
  • Stark & Greensmith builds national network of trade installers and retailers

    By GCU on May 2, 2018
    Stark & Greensmith’s range of architectural screens and panels for gardens, exteriors and interiors is now available from 191 trade installers and 16 retailers across the UK – and the network looks set to grow. The company’s laser-cut panels have proved a hit with garden designers, landscapers, architects and consumers since the retail range was launched just 18 months ago. […]
  • Hayter and Toro appoint new marketing executive

    By GCU on May 2, 2018
    Lawn care brands Hayter and Toro have announced the appointment of a new marketing executive, Ashleigh Bradshaw. Previous to her new role, Ashleigh was working at Dorel Juvenile, a juvenile products company. Throughout her ten years of service in the business, her role transitioned from project management through to marketing and communications and sales and marketing coordinator. After receiving her […]
  • Places available at GCA Plant Area Forum at Ball Colegrave

    By GCU on May 2, 2018
    The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is hosting its third annual GCA Plant Area Forum for plant area managers and plant buyers at Ball Colegrave in July (July 25, 2018). The event on Wednesday, July 25 will once again be facilitated by GCA inspector Roger Crookes, who believes that plants are still the core business for garden centres. He said: “Our […]
  • Zest 4 Leisure trio celebrate marathon success

    By GCU on May 2, 2018
    Three intrepid runners from Zest 4 Leisure, a trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, are celebrating after completing the London Marathon in the hottest conditions on record. Managing director Steve Morgan, finance manager Andrew Baker and manager John Vaughan ran the iconic marathon to raise money for Action for Children. Steve described the […]