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What a month for Blue Diamond!
Squire’s purchases Frensham Garden Centre
July continues the year of extremes
Blue Diamond East Bridgford and Webbs of Wychbold are top GCA Midlands centres
Plant sales continue up on last year
The Old Railway Line and Monkton Elm are GCA top centres in Wales & West
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Homebase gardening buyers face redundancy as Swindon office set to close
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Adam Dunnett leaves Wyevale Nurseries to join Hilliers
Lowest Top 50 July week for Garden Products
Christmas spuds get growing
Growing Media follows plants upward trend
Sunshine sends garden centre sales soaring
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Acquisition of outdoor leisure firm Anchor Fast presents new category for Kelkay
20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news
Dobbies promote COO Jenkins to chief executive role
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20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news

Blue Diamond CEO Alan Roper say almost 20,000 positive comments were posted on social media less than 24 hours after the group had announced its acquisition of eight large destination sites from Wyevale Garden Centres. 


Blue Diamond group managing director Alan Roper said the comments were from a mixture of potential customers and Wyevale staff, “some of whom were asking us to please buy their centres”.


Blue Diamond posted the news that they would be acquiring Bicester, Cadbury, Cardiff, Endsleigh, Melbicks, Percy Throwers, Sanders and Weybridge at 5pm Wednesday. By 1pm on Thursday, around 20,000 comments had been received. “Money can’t buy this,” Roper told GTN Xtra.


The Wyevale set takes Blue Diamond’s portfolio to 29 centres. Together with five planned new-build centres in the pipeline, they are expected to help grow the group’s turnover by £120m, taking the group past its ambitious £200m target.

Peter Gibbons, who manages Blue Diamond’s social media strategy using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, said: “Makes you feel proud knowing that so many people hold us in such high regard!”

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