GrowNation (grownation.co.uk), today announces free professional advice on social distancing and safe operation to garden centres across the UK.
With garden centres in England and Wales finally re-opening their doors to the public, businesses are having to adapt their premises and procedures to keep staff and customers safe.
Guidelines available from the HTA have been an invaluable resource for many. Where questions remain, GrowNation has secured help from qualified environmental health specialists to answer specific questions.
Advice on social distancing, practical considerations around running a click and collect or local delivery service, employee safety or indeed any other EH related matter is now available to all garden centres whether they have a GrowNation web shop or not.
Steve Meleka, Managing Director of GrowNation said: “In keeping with our mission to help horticulture through the COVID-19 crisis, we think it’s essential that garden centres have access to the advice they need to operate safely. We’re thrilled to be able to announce our partnership with Samantha and the team at My Compliance People who have made this free service possible.”
Over 50 environmental health specialist volunteers are available to help businesses by helping them address specific concerns or grey areas. Complex issues around keeping workforces safe, handling customer flows, designing and positioning signage and more can now be resolved with the help of qualified professionals.
Steve continued: “A tremendous amount of effort has gone into lobbying government to allow garden centres to open again, so it would be a tragedy to see them have to close due to misinterpretation of official guidelines or a lack of detailed help specific to their individual situations. Our hope is that this initiative will ensure that doesn’t happen.”
To access the free advice, garden centres simply need to visit grownation.co.uk/eh-help and follow the on-screen instructions.
The next few weeks will be crucial for garden centres and their entire supply chains. After so much time has been lost, it’s critical for everyone that garden centres can process as much volume as possible in what is now a much shorter season.
GrowNation are working with growers, wholesalers and others to make setting up retail web shops extremely quick and easy for garden centres, with no up-front cost. Sites can be fully set up and ready to take orders for click & collect or local deliveries, typically in less than an hour.
The company are also collaborating with printers and commercial hygiene suppliers to bring a range of signage, cleaning products and other essentials to market in the coming days. These will support those garden centres who decide to offer click & collect as a way to efficiently increase potential sales volumes.
Garden centres can now apply for their own free web shops - fully populated with detailed product information and images from suppliers including Farplants, Hozelock, Porters Fuchsias/Happy Plants, Bransford Webbs, New Leaf, Lovania, Quantil, Taylors Bulbs, SBM Life Science (Phostrogen/Baby Bio), Plantworks (Empathy/Rootgrow/After Plant), Fallen Fruits and Primus. Additional significant partnerships are at various stages and will be announced in due course.
GrowNation charges no up-front fees, instead, the business model is completely commission based, with credit card and PayPal transaction fees absorbed by the company as part of the service. Retailers can get more information or claim their free website at: grownation.co.uk/sellplantsonline
All GrowNation websites are completely free to set up and include:
• The ability to list as many (or as few) products as each retailer wants.
• Secure online payments via PayPal or credit/debit card.
• A unique web address with its own unique storefront and product range.
• A simple to use retailer dashboard to help manage orders and customer details.
• Simple, commission based payment with no lock-in period and no up-front cost.
• No additional charges for online payment processing.
Wholesalers can request more information and provide their product data by visiting the GrowNation website at: grownation.co.uk/supply-garden-centres
My Compliance People is the leading safety and compliance marketplace which provides an easy and flexible way for business to find the expert or services they need direct, on demand and at much better value. The platform has mobilised the largest network of independent quality assured experts covering all compliance areas including: Food Safety; Fire Safety; Health and Safety; Statutory Testers such as gas, fire, asbestos, water, legionella, electrical, gas and load testing; Food Technology and Manufacturing; Trading Standards and Labelling; Licensing and Security; Allergens; Pollution Control; Noise and Nuisance; HR; Bookkeeping & Accountancy.
Their experts offer a wide range of safety & compliance services and you can book your expert by the day to suit your business needs. They are offering Coronavirus remote re-opening checks at this time to ensure businesses are Covid-19 secure by getting external expert opinion on PPE, social distancing measures, PoS notices and other measures businesses need to take to keep staff and customers safe on re-opening.
To take advantage of the free help and advice available through My Compliance People and to see the full list of experts and services available to purchase, simply visit grownation.co.uk/eh-help.