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Plant sales take a hit because of the bad weather
Five new Greenfingers Charity Ambassadors appointed
Woodlodge improve efficiencies with upgraded warehouse facilities
Hozelock have a bee in their bonnet about helping Britain’s bees
12-hour Charity “Plantathon” at Squire’s in Woking
Record-breaking fundraising for Thrive at Europlants
Haskins Garden Centre visits residents at Great Oaks care home to donate houseplants
Smart Garden announces winners of the Sales Manager of the Year Award
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Snow shovels can't save disappointing garden product sales
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Wyevale Nurseries staff celebrate two award wins
GIMA Day Conference: Don’t miss out!
Young Gardeners of the Year hopefuls unveil design
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GIMA Day Conference: Don’t miss out!

The forthcoming GIMA Day Conference – 12th April, Ettington Chase, Warwickshire, CV37 7NZ – is set to offer a varied selection of speakers, including two popular retail stalwarts who will be providing an insight into the state of retailing in the year ahead.


The latest foreign exchange fluctuations and how businesses can safeguard themselves, as well as an overview of the Bank of England’s economic outlook for the UK will complete the schedule for the day, providing attendees with much food for thought.

Providing a full day’s schedule of thought leadership, the Day Conference will be a must-attend for anyone wanting to stay ahead in this competitive marketplace.

Joining the Conference will be a well-known industry face - Martin Breddy, Managing Director of Squires Garden Centres. Martin moved into this role after 10 years at the helm of the Scotts Miracle Gro Company and will be using his session to provide an insight into what it is like to move from the supplier to the retailer side, and how his new role has helped him appreciate the pressures on the supply chain.


The second retailer joining the Day Conference will be Tony Blake (above), owner of St Peters Garden Centre, Worcester.  A passionate member of our industry, Tony will be talking more about his career including his early days at Kew Gardens, to the formation of Choice Marketing – of which Tony was founder – through to his time today at one of Worcestershire’s most thriving garden centres.

The economic future of the UK will be addressed within Glynn Jones’ session. Glynn is the Deputy Agent, West Midlands and Oxfordshire for the Bank of England, and will be drawing on his expert knowledge and latest Bank of England data to provide an in-depth look at the UK’s economic growth potential, particularly in a post-Brexit world.


Tobias Woodward (above), Senior Account Manager at Moneycorp - the award winning foreign exchange specialists - will focus on the volatility of the foreign exchange markets, considered to be the biggest factor affecting GIMA members today. Focussing on the impact of Brexit upon this ongoing volatility, Tobias will also outline the ways that GIMA members can mitigate their exposure to this risk.

More speakers are also expected to be confirmed in the following weeks. Visit to find out more.

GIMA’s Director, Vicky Nuttall said: “As a leading trade association, we recognise that we have a responsibility to our members to provide a platform for discussion and thought leadership. Our Day Conferences are an important part of this and are designed to combine unrivalled networking opportunities and relevant educational content.  The forthcoming event has been put together to educate, inspire and arm those who attend with the right knowledge and skills to navigate the many external pressures and changes that will affect our industry in both the short and long-term. I’ve no doubt it’ll be yet another enjoyable day. I look forward to welcoming all those that join us.”

GIMA’s annual AGM meeting will also take place on April 12th. This closed event is open to full GIMA members only and will see the election of the honorary roles for the 2018/19 session.


Attending the GIMA day Conference couldn’t be easier.  Simply book on-line at or contact the GIMA team to book your place.  Tickets are available for £60 + VAT for GIMA members, and £120 + VAT for non-members.  Prices include refreshments and buffet lunch.

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