Industry News

  • Peckish encourages 12.5 million people to ‘Love Every Bird’

    By GCU on November 28, 2018
    In a sector first, wild bird food brand Peckish will be sponsoring the Channel 4 Weather bulletins from January 1 2019 until the end of February, furthering the brand’s position as the fastest growing name in the bird care market. Peckish has seen 45% brand growth year-on-year which is anticipated to be furthered by a substantial advertising and press campaign […]
  • Bradford garden centre catering supervisor reaches Catering Rising Stars final

    By GCU on November 27, 2018
    A Castleford catering supervisor who was awarded a place on a new training programme for garden centre catering staff earlier in the year has reached the final stage. Following the success of the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Rising Stars initiative, a new programme aimed specifically at garden centre catering staff was launched at its conference in January and catering staff […]
  • Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of five garden centres

    By GCU on November 22, 2018
    Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC), the UK’s biggest garden centre operator, has announced the sale of five centres. A portfolio of four garden centres: Salisbury, West Parley, Fair Oak and Landford have been sold to In-Excess UK Limited. Hereford Wellington centre has been sold to English Salvage Limited. Both buyers are set to expand their existing businesses and will continue to […]
  • SBM Life Science and E. P. Barrus join forces to offer new merchandising service

    By GCU on November 19, 2018
    SBM Life Science and E. P. Barrus have announced a new joint merchandising partnership for the UK garden centre sector. The SBM portfolio of brands, which includes Baby Bio, Phostrogen, Toprose, Provanto, Job Done, Solabiol and Maxicrop, will be merchandised in key garden centres by the recently expanded Barrus merchandising team. Barrus’ team offers merchandising solutions and support to garden […]
  • Posh Shed Company donates £4,672 to the National Garden Scheme

    By GCU on November 19, 2018
    Since launching the National Garden Scheme Posh Shed in 2015, 23 have been sold to customers throughout the UK and in November the Posh Shed Company handed over a cheque for £4,672 to the charity covering sales for the past two years. The design, which was agreed with the National Garden Scheme, is completely different to any others in the […]
  • Greenfingers Charity announce Big Gardening Raffle with National Garden Gift Vouchers

    By GCU on November 16, 2018
    As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, Greenfingers Charity has announced an exciting, fundraising raffle, and is looking for FUNdraising heroes in the industry to help. The Big Greenfingers Garden Raffle, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, was announced at the prestigious GIMA and HTA ‘Cultivating Retail’ event that took place in Nottingham this week. The raffle will give ticket buyers […]
  • Vitax Q4 grows ABF The Soldiers’ Charity funds by over £10,000

    By GCU on November 16, 2018
    A national charity established to provide a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families in times of need, has seen its funds boosted by over £10,000 through the sale of Vitax Q4. ABF The Soldiers’ Charity received the donation from its horticulture partner, Vitax Limited, at a presentation event at The Cenotaph in Whitehall. Vitax has been […]
  • Horticulture nursery dives in to help multi-million pound wave wall project

    By GCU on November 16, 2018
    UK commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has made a splash in Lancashire, supplying thousands of plants for a £10 million coastal town development. The wave reflection wall in Morecambe was officially opened last month (October 15) with new surfacing, seating and lighting, as a multi-million pound project to help to improve the flood defence of the town. Large contractors Ashlea […]
  • Smart expands sales teams

    By GCU on November 16, 2018
    With the business continuing to experience growth, Smart has announced that it has invested further in expanding its sales teams. Carl Beiersdorf (pictured centre) joins as key account manager with a wealth of experience in the garden trade and will be a familiar face to many customers. Dan Twidle (pictured left) is joining the team as area sales manager, working […]
  • Tong Garden Centre celebrates Elite Business win

    By GCU on November 15, 2018
    The team at a Bradford garden centre are celebrating after adding another award to its trophy cabinet. Tong Garden Centre was announced as the Elite Business of the Year at the recent Aagrah Restaurant Group’s 36th Annual Dinner and Elite Yorkshire Business Awards, which also raised £125,000 for charity. Tong’s managing director Mark Farnsworth and commercial director Sharon McNair were among […]