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Get ready for a half-term sales spree, says GTN Bestsellers
Up to 20% OFF* Retail Staging Display Range
Westland scoop Gardman Wild Bird Care to gain 90% market share
SOLEX organiser Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA
Significant boost for growing media
Anchorfast gets the Kelkay treatment
Plastics and Green issues on agenda for Cultivating Retail
Autumn Garden Product sales up 7%
Glee 2018: bolder, brighter and brimming with freshness
Tong Garden Centre doubles toy area ahead of Christmas
Festival Dinner raises £36,000 for Perennial
Customer feedback drives new Darlac launches
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Christmas crisps get the bestseller treatment
Instant Autumn colour continues to sell well
Jacksons Fencing teams up with Titchmarsh to garden for a worthy cause
Last chance to book: GIMA Knowledge Exchange Workshop ‘Presentation Skills’
VegTrug appoints two additional team members
World record 174 stone pumpkin grown in Westland compost
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Westland buy Gardman
Jail for garden centre owner who stole almost half a million from elderly mother
Resentments simmer as town loses garden centre
Great start to Christmas sales in garden centres
New Sales Structure for AMES UK
Bestsellers Top 50 charts every week
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Get ready for a half-term sales spree, says GTN Bestsellers

Overall garden centre sales for the second week of October were down on last year, according to GTN Bestsellers, but above the average for the past six years, so all is set fair for a busy half term week...

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M&M Timber are leading manufacturers of market leading round timber products and retail merchandising units. The business has over 30 years’ experience in timber manufacturing through automation and technical expertise and is a key UK supplier to the Agricultural, Landscaping, Play, Retail and Commercial sectors....

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Westland scoop Gardman Wild Bird Care to gain 90% market share
Week on week UP 0.5% Year to Date vs 2017 DOWN 20.5%

Westlands purchase of Gardman last week means they now hold 90% of Wild Bird Care sales as measured by the GTN Bestsellers Wild Bird Care Top 50...

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SOLEX organiser Phil Gibbs leaves LOFA
 

The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association has announced that SOLEX organiser Phil Gibbs has left his position as Secretary of the Association after seven years. His final day was on Friday...

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Significant boost for growing media
Week on week DOWN 16.2% Year on year vs 2017 DOWN 1.2% vs 2016 UP 2.3%

Autumn planting activity is bringing a significant boost to growing media sales with volumes up 14% on last year for the past three weeks. That’s great news for all garden retailers as high levels of core gardening activity is sure to generate more plant and garden product sales next spring...

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Anchorfast gets the Kelkay treatment

 

It’s less than three months since Kelkay formally acquired Anchorfast but it’s clear that the teams have been working together for many months. At Glee they unveiled the exciting new WOODSHAW brand of high quality, durable timber garden furniture and decorative structures...

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Plastics and Green issues on agenda for Cultivating Retail

According to the latest HTA trend report (Peak Plastic? Changing consumer perspectives of plastic and recycling) 95% of consumers agree that it’s important for businesses to design products that have less plastic in. A pertinent issue for the garden industry, highlighted recently on BBC Gardeners’ World, the topic features on the programme at the forthcoming Cultivating Retail Conference which takes place on 13 November at East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

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Autumn Garden Product sales up 7%
Week on Week DOWN 7.7% Year to date vs 2017 DOWN 7.7% vs 2016 DOWN 18.0%

Garden Product sales are now running at 7% up on last year over the past four weeks as gardeners continue to be active in their gardens.  Planting in pots, lawn renovation after the summer, decorative lights and ornaments were the big areas of sales increases.  High winds meant there were plenty of distress purchases of tree ties and tree stakes...

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Glee 2018: bolder, brighter and brimming with freshness

 

Glee 2018 was a thriving hub for the garden retail sector. Featuring a bigger, bolder and brighter event, the visually impactful show welcomed more exhibitors, exciting new content, a new footprint and and a strong visitor contingent that delivered across the board and drew praise from all corners of the sector...

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Tong Garden Centre doubles toy area ahead of Christmas

 

Tong, the award-winning Yorkshire garden centre, has doubled the size of its toy department after joining a specialist buying group...

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Festival Dinner raises £36,000 for Perennial

 

Perennial’s Festival Dinner brought in over £36,000 for the charity that looks after everyone in the horticulture industry. The event took place at the five-star Langham Hotel in central London and was hosted by James Alexander Sinclair.  The total raised was made up from ticket sales, event sponsorship and money from the auction and raffle...

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Customer feedback drives new Darlac launches

Darlac, the cutting tool experts, launched a number of new products at Glee 2018 and two pairs of loop handled secateurs are proving very popular new additions...

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