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Hillier buys John Browns Garden Centre from Wyevale
August serves up a treat for garden centre sales
Thieves use recovery truck in broad daylight car theft at garden centre
Simplicity and consolidation...that's the message from Durstons
Did you know we sell Duracell Batteries?
Glee exhibitors showcase progress towards planet-friendly future
Vitavia set to distribute Janssens greenhouses in UK
Re-branding gets under way at Podington
Heathlands at Wokingham makes it sweet 16 for Squire's
From railway arch to houseplant paradise...
GCA sees record numbers of new members join
Evergreen Garden Care readies Glee launches
Nursery's violet gin goes on sale
DCF funded student makes headway in agapanthus pest project
STAX acquires its long-standing hardware supplier
More novelties to view at Netherlands plant fair
Water company offers gardeners tips on how to save water
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spoga+gafa – not just a trade fair
Growing media sales thrive as activity continues
Weather and footfall pushes Wildlife sales up
Summer season for plants comes to an end
Hawkesmill offers anemone collection for late summer colour
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Webbs buy Cheltenham and Blue Diamond buy Bridgemere Garden Centre and Nursery
Wyevale sell Findon to existing manager and announce closure of Rayleigh
Katie Blake stockist wins 5-star Barbados holiday
Hot July sets garden centre sales records
Metaldehyde ban reversal won't hold back demand for natural slug controls says supplier
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Katie Blake stockist wins 5-star Barbados holiday
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Katie Blake Outdoor Furniture has really made an impact on the market. After its launch in 2013 it has gone from strength to strength and is now a serious contender in the world of Garden Furniture with more than 400 outlets.


Quality and price has been the key to its success as it outsells all other brands, according to stockists. One garden centre said:”Its great when the customers walk in and after a short while end up selecting Katie Blake – and we know that there is not going to be any returns or problems.”


Katie Blake can’t be purchased cheaper online as Glencrest monitors the internet and quickly jumps on anyone cutting prices. Of course, customers help by informing the company of anyone offering ridiculous discounts. “Being a family business Glencrest understand their customers’ needs and how important margin is. When customers buy by container, which is very little furniture really, the margin of profit is amazing – and because it’s backed up with UK-held product, it means if ever you’re unlucky enough to be of stock, you can still make profits.


The Holiday Competition was an offer dreamt up by the chairman Jack Whiteley, who loves warm sunny beaches on castaway islands. “I wanted to make this prize something really special,” says Jack,  “and trust me it will be. The hotel is the 5-star Mango Bay in Barbados which looks beautiful and is all-Inclusive. Flights will be by either British Airways or Virgin from Gatwick and Heathrow. All the winner has to do is get themselves to the airport and take enough money for tips."


Initially the flight had been organised for October but the holiday can be taken at any time except over Christmas and the New Year. Visit Katie Blake for more information.


The winner, selected randomly by the team at Garden Trade News, is Phil Stevenson of Charlton Park Garden Centre in Wantage, Oxford. Congratulations to Phil and his partner.

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