In This Issue
RHS licensing a stepping stone to success for Kelkay
Planting the seeds for Christmas
"Garden Centre of the Future" planned for new outlet retail centre at Downtown Grantham
Christmas outsells growing media in October - it's a first
Tong centre's customer service earns a White Rose award
Grange commits to advanced pressure treatment on all timber products
Smart Garden Products expands export team
Garden centre to train special needs students
Capel Manor students wins cash for Regents Park plant design project
Ready,'s potato pot time
Kent & Stowe Garden Life cultivates incremental sales
The Pied Piper of Melville - GTN's interview with Nicholas Marshall
EU D-day for glyphosate is next Thursday
Ireland’s Fast Grow targets 250 UK retailers 
Top 5 plant best-sellers increase share of sales
ICL to promote learning as HTA's Nursery Supply Show partner
Angels and chocolate sprouts push up Christmas sales
GCA launches search for marketing champion
First frosts see fleece and pot feet sales surge
New lightweight planters from Haddonstone
It's an October low for growing activity
Geoff gets growing his tash again for Hereford hospice
The best of last week's
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Squire’s given ‘Best Garden Centre’ accolade by The Express
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Planting the seeds for Christmas
GTN Xtra promotion

Although new to GTN, GiftScribes Gifts Limited has been providing a comprehensive range of high quality Christmas decorations and beautiful piggy banks to the giftware industry - as a specialist wholesale distributor, for more than 10 years.


GiftScribes is a family-run, Midlands-based importer that offers two core product lines; the uniquely personalisable ‘Rudolph & Me Inc.’ Christmas tree decorations and the ‘This Little Piggy Inc.’ piggy banks. Complementing these American-sourced products are a selection of table top decorations and photo frames, the combined range offering nearly 400 individual products.



Since the business started in 2007, the Rudolph & Me Inc. range of beautiful, design-led Christmas decorations has seen growing demand. Each individual product can be personalised - with hand-written names or greetings - at the point of sale by the retailer and it is this USP that transforms every thoughtful gift into a personal and permanent keepsake. Every one of the resin-based products has a high quality ceramic look and feel and each comes complete with a glossy gift bag. Designs include snowmen, reindeer, Santa’s sleigh and a stocking full of presents, as well as a magical castle, a fairy, a Choo Choo train, gingerbread men, penguins . . . the choice goes on! Surprisingly, for a seasonal line, the demand is not just limited to November and December and orders are placed throughout the calendar year.


The popular and perennial ‘This Little Piggy Inc.’ range of piggy banks features a choice of 11 large pigs and 13 small pigs. Products include traditional pigs with contemporary designs as well as a castle, dinosaur, jungle animals, cow, ladybirds and a football. Every piggy bank is made from sturdy ceramic with a hard-wearing glaze and pretty, raised artwork. The smaller versions are supplied in a gift box covered in silk finish paper. All feature a removable stopper and a slot that will take a £ 2 coin.


Although both the garden and gift trades need choice and variety, GiftScribes isn’t just playing a numbers game. Impulse buying is accommodated, but a significant proportion of their products meet a known demand; based on key buying decisions. Seasonal events such as Christmas, as well as annual celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries are covered; together with other special moments in life such as christenings, weddings, graduation, a child receiving pocket money for the first time and a baby’s first Christmas.  


Many products are marketed under the “Special Moments” branding so that retailers can make clear distinctions between different lines for different customers, key events and seasonal demands.


GiftScribes have carefully selected their lines to offer wholesale customers proven demand and good margins. Directors Howard and Linda Thomas also promise their customers that “if it’s on the website, it’s available” from UK stock; as well as a high standard of personal service to maintain and build good relationships.


The trade-dedicated website offers online ordering, although Howard and Linda welcome telephone calls first to “make friends”, tailor service standards and offer POS options.


Contact: Linda or Howard Thomas

Tel: 01584 811 190

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