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Smart Garden to buy Chapelwood from Scotts
No wild claims from Smart, just looking after existing customers and aiming to re-capture the affection for Chapelwood
Sale of Bayer Garden to French firm completes on Tuesday
Flopro's ‘Shop within Shop’ is a real success
Autumn activity in the garden drives up sales
New Broadway Lean-To Greenhouse adds to Eden’s Zero Threshold™ success
Managing Director wanted at Glendale Horticulture
Two new perennial plant brands launched in drive for market growth
Johnsons Lawn Seed gets recharged at Glee 2016
Impact of Brexit, the shopper journey and the future of retail all on the agenda at HTA Garden Futures Conference
Klondyke's new delivery vehicles get new design
Simon King venture is a winner for Wildlife World
Two New Training Initiatives to Help Managers Develop Themselves and Their Skills
Wyevale looks to sell Windlesham centre for housing
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Onions and fruit hold off green winter veg sales
Garden changes fuel top soil sales
Top 50 plant sales continue to grow
Team of 19 horticulturists have raised over £30,000 for Perennial
Garden centres battle against 'unfair business rates'
Kent & Stowe – Know Your Soil – excels at Glee
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Impact of Brexit, the shopper journey and the future of retail all on the agenda at HTA Garden Futures Conference
Those businesses that stay agile and ahead of the game are in a better place to succeed. With the theme of ‘Business Agility in a Disruptive World’ the HTA Garden Futures conference and dinner will examine some of the key business disruptors facing the garden industry that challenge agility.

Sponsored by Hozelock and Scotts Miracle-Gro, the conference and dinner, which takes place on Wednesday 12 October at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, provides the opportunity to hear from key business leaders and experts with impactful and thought-provoking business focussed content to inspire and energise.

The conference programme includes…

The UK Economy Post Brexit

The vote to leave the EU has created a range of disruptions and questions over the future outlook for the UK economy. Joshua McBain, Head of Innovation, Future Foundation will be examining the short and longer term implications of Brexit for the UK economy – signposting the key projections impacting the garden retail industry.

Trending 2017: A new shopper awaits  

Every stage of the shopper faces disruption and fragmentation in our world of tech-progress and ever-expectant consumers. Dominic Harrison, Content Director, Future Foundation will outline the consumer context for 2017, highlighting emerging shopper expectations and innovations that are likely to characterise the shopping landscape of 2017.

The future of retail - Exploring the new metrics of winning

Ibrahim Ibrahim, Managing Director, Portland Design Associates Ltd will explore how consumers’ relationships with brands is shifting and how that is driving the rapidly changing retail landscape. Ibrahim will describe the four pillars of success that the future winners in retail will adopt and how this will shape the new notion of the shop. Ibrahim’s presentation will be peppered with best practice examples across a wide range of retail categories.

The programme also includes:
  • Keynote speaker, French businessman and former Captain of the French Ice Hockey team, PY Gerbeau, will talk about the challenges and opportunities presented by the various roles he has held for companies including Euro Disney and the Millennium Dome.
  • Leonard Diepenbrock, TOX-Dübel-Technik GmbH – the use of technology and the rise of the smart home (and garden).
  • Paul Pleydell, Director, Pleydell Smithyman – what the garden industry can do to ‘think outside the box’ and stay agile.
There will also be a panel session, chaired by George Bullivant Director of Garden Forum and involving representatives from across the industry including Neil Grant from Ferndale Garden Centre and Alex Newey from the Newey Group, looking at the challenges facing the garden retail sector.

There will be also be plenty of time for networking throughout the day and during the dinner which will also include the presentation of the HTA Pearson Medal and the GTN Greatest Awards for Greatest Garden Care Retail Team of the Year, the Greatest Customer Service Team of the Year and the Greatest Garden Centre of the Year.

Make sure you don’t miss out! Book your place now at

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