In This Issue
Acquisition of outdoor leisure firm Anchor Fast presents new category for Kelkay
Water-conserving solutions as Brits face hosepipe ban
Introducing our new Champions Blend Peat Free, Organic Approved Compost
20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news
Footfall drops in the heat…
But plant sales still up on last year
AMIR achieves its most successful SOLEX show ever
£30k damage in forklift ram raid on Notts garden centre
Dobbies promote COO Jenkins to chief executive role
Carl Welsh appointed managing director of Vitax
Hilliers set out to make a family's dream come true
Matthew Bent and friends raise £3,600 on 280-mile cycle ride
Newquay centre's expansion get green light
Daphne 'Perfume Princess' named best new ornamental
T&M mark potato expert Colin Randel's 50 years in horticulture
Inspire your customers to save water
Haskins charity campaigns raised £16,500
Planners give Notcutts go-ahead for major upgrade at Woodbridge
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Plant supports and feeds selling well
Record high for Cactus compost
Fast feeding for birds
Autumn planting seed potatoes sell in volumes
Glee registration now open
Stand out from the crowd at HTA Marketing Forum
Roger Crookes retires as GCA inspector after 11 years
The best of last week's
Wyevale Garden Centres agrees sale of eight of its largest garden centres to Blue Diamond
Cowells, Fron Goch, Tong and Bents are the top centres in the North East & North West GCA regions
Glee Buyers Power List 2018: the shortlist
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Acquisition of outdoor leisure firm Anchor Fast presents new category for Kelkay

 

Kelkay Ltd has announced today the acquisition of Anchor Fast, marking a further exciting step in the development of AMES UK under the leadership of Managing Director Antony Harker...

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Water-conserving solutions as Brits face hosepipe ban
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Jason Pike, National Sales Manager at Bord na Móna UK, has the following advice on what products growers can use, if they need to conserve water this summer...

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Introducing our new Champions Blend Peat Free, Organic Approved Compost
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Bathgate Horticulture are proud to introduce a premium quality, peat free, Organic Soil Association Approved compost!

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20k social media posts greet Blue Diamond's acquisition news

Blue Diamond CEO Alan Roper (pictured) says 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...

 

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Footfall drops in the heat…

 

As our GTN Bestsellers graph above shows, overall sales volumes (a key measure of footfall) have now dropped below last year for all three weeks of July as the heat takes it’s toll of shopping in general...

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But plant sales still up on last year

 

Plants from hot climes sold well last week as plants are still being bought for gardens and homes...

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AMIR achieves its most successful SOLEX show ever

Abid Mir says that the SOLEX 2018 Show was their most successful exhibition in its entire 28-year history, and following this success, his company AMIR have applied to increase their stand size by 50% for next year's exhibition...

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£30k damage in forklift ram raid on Notts garden centre

 

 

 

Thieves smashed their way into QD Group’s Cherry Lane garden centre at Bradmore near Nottingham last Monday, using a stolen forklift truck to enter the office and steal the safe containing three days’ takings...

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Dobbies promote COO Jenkins to chief executive role

Dobbies has promoted chief operating officer Graeme Jenkins to chief executive officer following the departure of Nicholas Marshall...

 

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Carl Welsh appointed managing director of Vitax

Vitax Limited has appointed Carl Welsh, who has been with the company for eight years, as its managing director as it drives forward with its ambitious growth plans...

 

 

Pictured (left to right): Carl Welsh - Vitax's managing director with Mark Butler - national sales manager at Vitax.

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Hilliers set out to make a family's dream come true

Hilliers Garden Centres start work next week on a charity project, inspired by the TV show ‘DIY SOS’, to transform a garden...

 

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Matthew Bent and friends raise £3,600 on 280-mile cycle ride

Inspired by the likes of Zoe Ball and Greg James, Bents Garden & Home MD Matthew Bent and five friends rode 280 miles from Holyhead to Cardiff in aid of St Rocco’s Hospice, the Centre’s 2018 Charity of the Year...

 

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Newquay centre's expansion get green light

Cornwall County Council has given the thumbs up to a new coffee shop and retail space at Newquay Garden Centre...

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Daphne 'Perfume Princess' named best new ornamental

 

 

 

Daphne 'Perfume Princess’,  grown by Wyevale Nurseries and bred by New Zealand-based Mark Jury, was named Best New Ornamental Plant Variety in a trade magazine's business awards...

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T&M mark potato expert Colin Randel's 50 years in horticulture

Colin Randel’s 50 years in horticulture were recognised last week by the gift of an engraved garden fork and spade from his employers, Thompson & Morgan...

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Inspire your customers to save water

We're in the middle of a heatwave and saving tap water is becoming increasingly important. Any rain that falls is precious, so why not encourage customers to catch it while they can...

 

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Haskins charity campaigns raised £16,500

Haskins garden centres raised raising more than £16,500 last year for its nominated local and national charities...

 

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Planners give Notcutts go-ahead for major upgrade at Woodbridge

Notcutts have secured planning consent for a major redevelopment and upgrade of their Woodbridge garden centre...

 

 

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