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Apta appoint new sales manager for East Anglia
John Podolski has joined pots and planters supplier Apta as area sales manager for East Anglia, covering Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex...
Bugs and seed sowing shine light on sales
Bug control, seed sowing and garden lighting were the activities that drove Garden Product sales increases last week according to the GTN Bestsellers weekly Epos data analysis...
Growing activity continues to grow
Another week of growing media sales up on last year, by 18%, illustrates the continued high level of growing activity through the month of July...
Wildlife projects for school holidays
Wild Bird Care sales took a dip as the weather warmed up last week but there was a boost in sales of feeders and nest boxes suggesting planned school holiday wildlife projects...
Christmas spuds make a showing
Herbs were again the Veg-2-Gro bestsellers for the week but seed potatoes for Christmas harvesting have started to sell through and we expect them to rise to the top of the charts next week...
Colour and heat shines through in plant sales
Summer colour and heat tolerant plants continue to shine through for plant sales. Last week’s volumes were down on last year but ahead of 2017 levels...
Weather stimulates June online sales - but garden had poor second quarter overall
With excellent weather and the start of the sale season signalling the arrival of summer, online retail sales rose by +8.5% year-on-year (YOY) in June, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index. The home and garden category garden was 9.8% up versus 2018, but garden declined by 45% during a poor second quarter overall.
Public asked to help raise £4.8m towards completion of RHS garden at Salford
Plans include creation of north-west 'mother orchard' of heritage fruit
RHS Ambassadors Nick Knowles and Carol Klein have joined a call to the public to help raise the final £4.8 million to complete RHS Garden Bridgewater, the society’s fifth garden, in time for a summer 2020 opening...
The best of last week's
If you missed last week's GTN Xtra, below are the most-read stories...
Perrywood and Squires Shepperton triumph in GCA North Thames region
The Garden Centre Association unveiled its winners for the North Thames region during a presentation at Poplars Garden Centre on Monday. Perrywood Garden Centre – Tiptree won Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre category while Squires Garden Centre – Shepperton picked up the accolade in the Garden Centre category.
Tong and Cowell's take GCA awards in North East while Barton Grange and Fron Goch triumph in North West
The North East and North West regional GCA awards were presented at Bents Garden & Home yesterday (Tuesday). The North East’s Garden Centre of the Year in the Destination Garden Centre category was Tong Garden Centre and Cowell’s Garden Centre in the Garden Centre category. In the North West, Barton Grange Garden Centre and Fron Goch Garden Centre received the accolade.
Profit up 52.5% at Notcutts in year to February 2019
Notcutts has recorded strong profit growth in the year ending February 2019 with operating profit up 52.5% to £1.5m. Gross margin improved by 0.6% points to 47.5% and stock turn improved from 3.4 to 3.9 during the year...
SOLEX exhibition fuels Summer optimism
GTN Bestsellers analysis
As Dobbies were revealing their Christmas 2019 ranges to magazine journalists in London this week, the rest of the garden retail industry was at SOLEX where the atmosphere was incredibly positive for the rest of the summer and optimistic for next year...
Garden Centre Photo Tour - RHS Wisley New Plant Centre
RHS Retail Director, Damian Powell, took GTN's Trevor Pfeiffer on a guided tour of the new plant centre and retail areas at RHS Wisley last week...
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