Industry News

  • Hillier announces new charity partnership with Maggie’s

    By GCU on January 30, 2019
    Hillier has announced a new charity partnership for 2019-20 with national cancer support charity, Maggie’s. Through the partnership, Hillier hopes to raise funds, give direct support to Maggie’s Centres and help bring Maggie’s to the South of England. Built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, these centres provide free practical, emotional and social support to anyone with any type of […]
  • Outdoor plant sales continue sales streak

    By GCU on January 29, 2019
    Sales in outdoor plants continued to dominate other categories for a third month running in December (2018) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Sales were up 17.73% compared to the previous year in 2017, which continues the upward trend in plant sales as in October, compared to 2017 sales of outdoor plants were up […]
  • Zest 4 Leisure exceeds charity fundraising target

    By GCU on January 29, 2019
    Employees of trade supplier Zest 4 Leisure, have collectively smashed its charity fundraising target for 2018. Throughout the year the company raised a fantastic £10,665 for Action for Children. The charity, which has been operating for 148 years, helps disadvantaged children across the UK and works closely with other charities, local authorities and health services. Zest 4 Leisure managing director, Steve […]
  • Candide launches Garden Day for 2019

    By GCU on January 25, 2019
    On Sunday 12th May 2019, a community benefit project will be launching across the UK. At the peak of the horticultural season, Garden Day is aimed at encouraging people to spend the day celebrating their gardens with friends, family and neighbours. The organisers of the event has said anyone and everyone can get involved in Garden Day – from family gardeners and allotment aficionados to […]
  • 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 […]
  • Dobbies reports 21% uplift over Christmas

    By GCU on January 18, 2019
    The 40-strong garden centre chain posted total sales of £24.1million for the last six weeks of the year, with footfall up across its centres, and a number of categories delivering record performances. Like-for-like sales were up 8% year on year (YOY), and 1% higher than 2016. Footfall was also up across Dobbies’ centres, with a 6% YOY increase. The garden retailer […]
  • Wyevale Nurseries employee wins British Empire Medal

    By GCU on January 16, 2019
    A member of the sales support team at one of the Wyvale Nurseries in Hereford has recently been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List (January 2019). Karen Jones  received the medal for her long and dedicated service to Kingsland Cub Scouts in Herefordshire. The 54-year-old, who lives in Credenhill, explained: “I was extremely shocked to read […]
  • Garden centre plants seeds of success with EPOS partnership

    By GCU on January 11, 2019
    A leading Scottish EPOS supplier has been helping a family-run garden centre chain to bring its till systems up to date. Caulders operates five garden centres and restaurants across the Scottish central belt, at Mugdock Country Park, Kirkintilloch, Braidbar, Erskine and Cupar. When the company bought the Erskine business, it inherited an existing software-based EPOS system off the previous owners […]
  • Trees for bees – Johnsons keeping the bee community ‘abuzz’

    By GCU on January 10, 2019
    Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has been creating a buzz at its North Yorkshire site after planting a number of trees to help its bee population continue to soar. In peak summer, there can be 400,000 to 600,000 bees inhabiting Johnsons’ extensive nursery and so the group wanted to do something during the latter season when a lot of other […]
  • Evergreen Garden Care strengthens commercial team

    By GCU on January 7, 2019
    Evergreen Garden Care UK has strengthened its commercial team with three new senior appointments within marketing and sales. Ann-Marie O’Riordan joined the company in mid-August as marketing director with responsibility for brand, product and category developments. She brings with her a wealth of experience having held senior marketing roles, including the role of UK & Ireland marketing director, for more […]