New Appointments

  • HTA announces new association chair

    By GCU on December 12, 2017
    The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has announced the appointment of Chris Pateman as the chair of the association. In this new role Chris (pictured) will assist the HTA Board in coordinating the activities of the HTA Executive and their teams at Horticulture House, ensuring that the strategic objectives of the Association are being achieved. In addition, the chair will represent […]
  • Growing garden centre business appoints finance director

    By GCU on November 16, 2017
    A Bradford garden centre has strengthened its senior management team with a board level appointment. Charlie Barker (pictured left) is joining the team at Tong Garden Centre in the newly created position of finance director. He joins the Tong Lane business from Cranswick plc and brings a wealth of corporate finance experience. Tong managing director Mark Farnsworth (pictured right) commented: […]
  • Smart Garden Products expands team

    By GCU on November 9, 2017
    Thanks to the continued growth of its rapidly expanding export business, Smart Garden Products has welcomed two new employees to its award-winning team based in Abingdon. Following her recent promotion, Elvire Beugin (pictured centre) was delighted to recruit Silvia Staudenmaier (pictured left) and Sabrina Laloui (pictured right). Coming from a diverse range of backgrounds, they will be able to utilise […]
  • Growth at Farplants sees key promotion

    By GCU on October 30, 2017
    Following strong growth this year for the nursery co-operative Farplants, Andy Merrick has been promoted to head of sales. Andy Merrick (pictured), previously the garden centre sales manager for the West Sussex based plant wholesaler, has been appointed to head of sales to continue the company’s growth plans. Since joining in 1999, he has progressed within sales and account management […]
  • Stewarts Garden Centre in Christchurch appoints new manager

    By GCU on October 30, 2017
    Stewarts Garden Centres in Christchurch has announced the appointment of Paul Hilliam as centre manager. After a retail career that has taken Paul (pictured) across the UK after starting with the Great Mills chain and various locations with the Dobbies Garden Centre Group, Dorset born Paul has returned to his hometown with his appointment. Stewarts Garden Centres managing director Martin […]
  • Smart Garden Products appoints trade marketing manager

    By GCU on October 23, 2017
    Smart Garden Products has announced that Caroline Holford has joined the company as trade marketing manager. Caroline (pictured) has previously worked for Dexam, Canon, HoMedics and Bic, among others. She commented: “I am looking forward to transferring my extensive marketing experience in housewares, licensing and FMCG to the gardening sector. I feel very fortunate to be joining the Smart Garden […]
  • Gardena unveils new route to market with sales agents

    By GCU on October 17, 2017
    European garden watering and tools brand Gardena has announced the recruitment of a dedicated network of sales agents to build brand presence and boost sales into garden centres. Twelve experienced and well-known agents will service garden centres in the UK, the company says, with the team boasting ‘many years of practical experience in the industry’. Garden centres will be able […]
  • Carol Paris joins Briers as non-executive director

    By GCU on October 17, 2017
    Briers chief executive Jackie Eades has announced that Carol Paris (pictured) will be joining the company’s board as a non-executive director. Carol was previously chief executive at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) before stepping down due to family reasons at the end of April this year. She had worked at the HTA for seven years in a number of roles including […]
  • Lechuza appoints key account manager

    By GCU on September 18, 2017
    Self-watering plant pot company Lechuza has announced the appointment of Ian Riggs as key account manager Ian brings more than 40 years of experience with him, and he has already kick started his arrival with a visit to gardening show Glee, Lechuza adds. Ian said: “I’m delighted to be joining such an exciting brand and helping it develop and grow. […]
  • Centurion Europe appoints new area sales managers

    By GCU on September 14, 2017
    Doncaster-based supplier of DIY, garden, housewares and safety products Centurion Europe has announced the appointments of Leo Bryant and Matt Sagar as new area sales managers. Leo Bryant will be responsible for the South West region. Leo (pictured left) joins Centurion after working with brands including RB UK/Eliza Tinsley, Abru and Werner. Leo has worked in the industry for over […]