Industry Events

  • Entries for GIMA Awards 2019 now open

    By GCU on March 15, 2019
    The annual GIMA Awards will be returning for its 39th year later this summer (July 4, Celtic Manor), with another glittering night of celebrations. Entry to this year’s awards is now open – with suppliers being urged to not miss out on their chance to win one of the industry’s highest accolades. Recognising excellence and innovation the GIMA Awards have […]
  • Smidge launches 90 eco-friendly products at Spring Fair

    By GCU on February 7, 2019
    Driven by the desire to reduce the consumption of single use plastic, new brand Smidge launched 90 products which were on display at Spring Fair 2019. The range covers a wide variety of categories from ‘on the go’ through to everyday household usage. Including a unique 100% bio-degradable and recyclable formulation that means no plastic or melamine makes it into […]
  • Top awards for garden centres at GCA conference

    By GCU on January 23, 2019
    Staff at garden centres across the country are celebrating after receiving awards at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in Luton earlier this week. The awards were presented to the member garden centres during a ceremony at Luton Hoo Hotel. Chief executive of the GCA, Iain Wylie said: “Once again the dedication and hard work of our member garden centres […]
  • PATS Sandown gears up for new February show date

    By GCU on December 3, 2018
    With just over two months to go before PATS Sandown 2019 opens its doors, preparations are well advanced for what promises to be another successful show for both exhibitors and visitors. It will be the first time the exhibition takes place on a Sunday and Monday in February, and visitors can expect to see an impressive showcase of new products […]
  • Gardenex, PetQuip and BHETA trade associations join forces to stage post-Brexit export conference

    By GCU on December 3, 2018
    Three of the leading trade associations in the garden and leisure, pet product and home enhancement sectors are joining forces to host a joint conference on The Future for International Trade, ahead of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The day-long event will take place on March 12, 2019 and will be held at the Stratford Manor Hotel in […]
  • 2019 National Home Improvement Month launched by BHETA

    By GCU on October 26, 2018
    Following the success of the inaugural consumer-facing national home improvement promotion in 2018, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) has launched the 2019 follow up initiative, which will take place in April. Now titled National Home Improvement Month in response to feedback from the trade, it will again be coordinated by BHETA and backed by some of the leading […]
  • Save the date for Perennial’s 180th Anniversary Party

    By GCU on October 10, 2018
    Celebrating the 180th anniversary of the charity dedicated to helping horticulturists, Perennial will hold its annual Party for Perennial on Tuesday January 29 2019 and tickets are now available. The anniversary party will be held in the La Goccia restaurant at Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, London. The party will kick-start Perennial’s 180th anniversary fundraising. Tickets, costing £28, include a glass of […]
  • GIMA Knowledge Exchange Workshops – four more confirmed for autumn/winter schedule

    By GCU on October 10, 2018
    GIMA’s autumn/winter programme of Knowledge Exchange Workshops has recently kicked off with its Sales Development & Territory Planning Workshop, which was incredibly well received by attendees. Four more sessions remain, with interested parties urged to book their place now to avoid missing out. Led by Cedar Associates, the Sales Development & Territory Planning Workshop received positive feedback from delegates, with […]
  • GCA Trust sponsored delegates return from ‘inspirational’ IGCA Congress in Czech Republic

    By GCU on October 5, 2018
    Squires Garden Centres’ Matt Tanner and Klondyke Group’s Jayne Scott,who were sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress, are back from their trip. The young duo were picked for the Trust’s Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme and joined 200 delegates at the 60th annual event, held for the first time in […]
  • New forums launched to help homeware and DIY suppliers address industry challenges

    By GCU on October 1, 2018
    Two new forums have been launched to help homeware, garden and DIY manufacturers tackle the challenges presented by ongoing retail industry woes and a looming Brexit. Supply chain and logistics consultancy SCALA believes that the key to thriving in the rapidly changing market is collaboration. As such, it has launched two new forums as part of its Supply Chain Best Practice programme to […]