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Farewell to the Eddie Topping, the Preston pioneer - UPDATED
Vote now for the Best Buyers of the past 18 months - The Glee Buyers Power List - Voting is LIVE now!
READYBLAZE set to make Glee debut
Ergrownomics to launch officially at GLEE 2021 – The Container Growing Revolution
GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists
Autumn Fair & Moda deliver record orders and help refuel UK retail
Kent & Stowe launches 'market's sharpest secateurs'
Carbon Gold showcases new biochar-based home gardening products at Glee
Woodlodge to expand its leading garden planter offering
Gardenex plays host to International Buyers’ Centre at Glee
David Domoney takes Ambassador role at Needlefresh
Capi Europe presents sustainable potting line 100% made from waste
Bradford business wins four prestigious GCA awards
Haskins receives multi-award recognition
From barbecues to...electric fireplaces
Giant sunflowers bring cheer to children and charities
Excited to be back at Glee - GTN September, Glee Preview Issue, on-line here
Get your copy of GTN Xtra
Floral Thursday is back!
Glee Sustainability Report
10 Reasons not to miss Glee 2021
OASE gets set for Aqua 2021
spoga+gafa 2022: Exhibitors extend their spaces
SPOT-ON has helped clean over 448,000m2 of patios in first year of sales
The best of last week's
Garden Kitchen by Pugh's is a unique concept
Hillmount takes hit on rising prices
Tributes pour in for Pat Coutts following her death at the age of 76
Phostrogen plans a growth spurt for season 2022
Glee 2021 content programme details unveiled
Glee 2021: COVID-19 measures FAQ
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All the latest news from the world of pet products
Everything you need to know about PAW @ Glee 2021
TV dog grooming star to appear at pet industry exhibition
NI increases will hit pet firms hard, says leading wholesaler
Pedigree Wholesale appoints new managing director
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Farewell to the Eddie Topping, the Preston pioneer - UPDATED
By GTN's Associate Editor, Mike Wyatt.

When I first met Eddie Topping MBE in the 1990s, he reminded me of a mischievous schoolboy…impish grin, cheeky chat, a twinkle in the eye– yet always everybody’s idea of a perfect gentleman, writes GTN associate editor Mike Wyatt. But it didn’t take long to understand that behind that engaging façade was a shrewd entrepreneurial brain, which he used to fashion a fantastic legacy – one of the UK’s most spectacular garden and leisure businesses with a pre-pandemic turnover of more than £25 million...

 

Eddie and Guy Topping in 2010, two years after the opening of Barton Grange Garden Centre at Brock

Read Mike Wyatts tribute to Eddie Topping, plus tributes from Guy Topping, Ron Bent, Sue Allen, Warren Haskins, Peter Seabrook and more
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Vote now for the Best Buyers of the past 18 months - The Glee Buyers Power List - Voting is LIVE now!

Click here to vote for the best buyers of the past 18 months

 

Voting closes at midnight on Tuesday 14th September with the winners announced and celebrated on The Stage at Glee on Wednesday 15th September at 1:00pm.

 

Nominations for The Glee Buyers Power List 2021 include buyers from: 

Alton Garden Centre, Aylett Nurseries, B&M, B&Q, Barton Grange, Baytree Garden Centre, Bents Garden & Home, Blue Diamond, British Garden Centres, Caulders, Chessington Garden Centre, Dobbies, Downtown Garden Centre, Fron Goch, Frosts, Garsons, Gates Garden Centre, Haskins, Hayes Garden World, Hillier Garden Centres, Klondyke, Longacres, Milestone Garden Centre, Notcutts, Oaktree Garden Centre, RBG Kew, Rosebourne Garden Centres, Squires Garden Centres, Stewarts Garden Centres, Summerseat Garden Centre, Thompsons Garden Centres, Webbs and Whitehall Garden Centre.

See the full list of nominations and link to the voting page here
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READYBLAZE set to make Glee debut
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Winter fuel experts Dizmezs Ltd will be showcasing READYBLAZE at Glee 2021 for the first time. READYBLAZE is a new firewood brand ideal for the UK market. The brand combines superior performance with environmentally friendly features. Every piece of timber in their firewood products is kiln dried to under 20% moisture content level, leading to cleaner and a more energy efficient product...

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Ergrownomics to launch officially at GLEE 2021 – The Container Growing Revolution
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Ergrownomics, a new start-up exhibiting at their first Glee this year, are set to make a terrific entrance onto the scene. Exhibiting on stand 8A51, in the Innovator’s zone, their products are sustainably manufactured in the UK, and designed to make vegetable growing simple, clean & reliable...

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GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists

The GCA has announced the finalists for its annual Ruxley Rose competition. Twenty centres all received top scores in the summer inspections, delayed from the normal spring inspections due to Covid, and have now been put forward for autumn judging...

 

Pacific Nurseries of one of 20 finalists in the Ruxley Rose competition.

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Autumn Fair & Moda deliver record orders and help refuel UK retail
 

Millions of pounds worth of business has been generated during the last four days at the UK’s leading home, gift and fashion trade show, Autumn Fair co-located with Moda, reigniting, and refuelling the retail industry...

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Kent & Stowe launches 'market's sharpest secateurs'

Taking centre stage on the Kent & Stowe display at Glee, new patent pending Eversharp secateurs feature  blades said to be twice as sharp – and five times longer lasting – than the UK market leader...

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Carbon Gold showcases new biochar-based home gardening products at Glee
 

Carbon Gold, the leading supplier of biochar products to professional growers and tree care specialists around the world, will officially launch its new range of products for home-growers and gardeners at Glee...

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Woodlodge to expand its leading garden planter offering

Woodlodge has teased details of the new additions to its planter portfolio – to be revealed at Glee in September...

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Gardenex plays host to International Buyers’ Centre at Glee
 

Gardenex is excited by the return of international exhibition Glee at the NEC Birmingham on September 14-16, where it will be hosting the International Buyers’ Centre in Hall 20, Stand J50, and organising meetings between international buyers and potential UK suppliers...

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David Domoney takes Ambassador role at Needlefresh

Broadcaster and Chartered Horticulturist David Domoney, presenter of numerous television shows for ITV, including their flagship prime time show Love Your Garden, joins forces with Needlefresh to promote their wide range of real, UK grown Christmas trees...

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Capi Europe presents sustainable potting line 100% made from waste
 

Sustainable design with waste in the leading role. That, in a few words, is the new line 'Waste' by pot expert Capi Europe. These pots are made from cork, old Capi planters, and sea waste...

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All the latest news from the world of pet products

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Everything you need to know about PAW @ Glee 2021

 

As a leading showcase of pet product suppliers, trendsetters and emerging brands, PAW at Glee 2021 is set to be a thriving platform for any retailers wanting to optimise the ‘pet pound’...

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TV dog grooming star to appear at pet industry exhibition

Kelly Davis, star of the prime-time BBC One dog grooming series Pooch Perfect, is appearing at the UK’s number one pet industry exhibition, PATS Telford, on 26-27 September 2021...

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NI increases will hit pet firms hard, says leading wholesaler

 

The increase in National Insurance payments announced by the government will put increased pressure on small pet businesses already struggling to survive. That’s the view of Ravi Sharma, director of leading wholesaler Vital Pet Group...

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Pedigree Wholesale appoints new managing director

Gerard O'Mahony has been appointed managing director of leading pet food wholesaler, Pedigree Wholesale, allowing previous MD Steve Brown to move into the newly created position of CEO of the Pedigree Group, which includes the Just for Pets specialist retail chain...

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Bradford business wins four prestigious GCA awards

The team at Tong Garden Centre are celebrating after winning four awards at the North East and North West regional Garden Centre Association awards...

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Haskins receives multi-award recognition
 

Haskins Snowhill centre has been named ‘Destination Garden Centre of the Year’ in the Garden Centre Association South Thames Regional Awards...

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From barbecues to...electric fireplaces
 

Napoleon Grills; the internationally renowned barbecue and outdoor kitchen specialist are set to unveil a brand new electric fireplace range at Glee as they expand to indoor home fittings...

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Giant sunflowers bring cheer to children and charities

Squire’s Garden Centres gave away packs of sunflower seeds to children last April, and asked them to see how tall their sunflowers could grow. With a little love and a useful growing guide from Squire’s, many gardens across the South East now contain beautiful yellow cheery sunflowers...

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Excited to be back at Glee - GTN September, Glee Preview Issue, on-line here

 

 

In this issue of news and information for garden centre professionals:

  • Westland Glee Preview.
  • Retailers look forward to Glee, comment from Mike Burks, Gerald Ingram, Matthew Bent, Andy Bunker, Simon Bourne, Kev Turley, British Garden Centres, Julian Winfield, Carol Paris and John Birch.
  • A Glee Greeting from Woodmansterne.
  • Glee 2021 – GTN’s Preview.
  • Glee 2021 Show Plan and Exhibitor List.
  • Whats On “The Stage” at Glee 2021.
  • Onduline success at Alton Garden Centre.
  • New Products at Glee – a sneak preview of Glee New Product Award entries.
  • GTN Bestsellers – August garden centre sales analysis and charts in sample issue.
  • HTA Column – Boyd Douglas-Davies signs off as HTA President.
Read GTN's September 2021 Issue on-line here
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