During the proceedings the following appointments were announced:
- Colin Wetherley Mein, National Sales Manager for Vitax was voted in as GIMA President
- Nigel Thompson representing Stewarts has taken on the role of Honorary Treasurer
- Chris Ramsden of Suttons Consumer Products and Richard Pyrah from Kelkay remain in their current posts of Vice President and Honorary Secretary respectively
In addition to the existing council of
- Matt Jackson, Briers Ltd
- Rainer Schubert, The Scotts Miracle-Grow Co. Ltd
- Richard Bence, Treadstone Ltd
- Alan Shepherd, Burgon & Ball Ltd
- David Carey, Mr. Fothergill’s Seeds Ltd
- Kate Ebbens, Cadix Ltd
- Chris Holloway, Apta
Five new council member have been nominated to take on responsibilities of Council Membership representing the views of the members, and they are:
- John Gomersall, Forest Garden Ltd
- Simon McArdle, William Sinclairs Ltd
- Mark Butler, Town & Country Ltd
- Jason Perrins, L G Harris Ltd
- Emma Rogers, Westland Horticulture
This brings the GIMA council to its maximum allowed of 16, creating a strong body of voices to represent the industry for the next year.
In his opening address, Colin Wetherley-Mein vowed to continue to build on the work done by Steve Millington, building closer relations with fellow trade associations, reaffirming that a unified trade is what is required whilst so much change takes place in the marketplace. GIMA continues to go from strength to strength with member numbers on the increase, and is looking to the future with optimism. GIMA will continue to offer enhanced membership benefits and a full calendar of events offering networking opportunities for buyers and sellers.
The Association also reported a healthy financial position and while a small operating loss was recorded, this was mainly due to the costs of an agreed plan of investment in member benefits.
Membership of GIMA is open to all manufacturers and suppliers of products to garden retail, with a UK or European base.