Creating a sustainable future for the garden industry is the key theme for this year’s Cultivating Retail event at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham (Tuesday 19 November 2019).
This year’s conference and dinner will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster Daisy McAndrew with Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards (pictured) providing the after-dinner entertainment.
The event, sponsored by Evergreen Garden Care and jointly hosted by the HTA and GIMA, brings together retailers, suppliers and growers to provide a mix of strategic and inspirational content. The programme will include the latest consumer attitudes and thoughts on what sustainability means for the garden industry including key topics such as biosecurity, growing media, plastics, labour/skills, water and pesticides.
HTA vice-president and Cultivating Retail steering group member Boyd Douglas-Davies said: “This year’s Cultivating Retail conference focuses on the sustainability of the industry in the widest sense. By bringing together the supply chain this event gives us a fantastic opportunity to look at what actions we need to be taking now to ensure that we have a robust, viable and relevant industry fit for the future. You really can’t afford to miss this one.”
Host Daisy McAndrew was the special correspondent for ITV News, having previously served as economics editor and chief political correspondent. Formerly Andrew Neil’s co-host on The Daily Politics, Daisy has also presented Heaven & Earth and reported on Westminster for BBC Breakfast. She now co-hosts the mid-morning show on TalkRADIO, discussing the latest headlines and opinions.
Dr David Bek, a reader in sustainable economics from Coventry University, will focus on what sustainability means for the garden industry. Dr Bek has extensive experience in sustainability research within horticultural supply chains, especially cut flowers. He is especially interested in developing an evidence base to demonstrate how innovations within sustainability practice can lead to improvements in business resilience, productivity and profitability.
Guy Topping, MD of the Barton Grange Group, will tell the story of its Flower Bowl Entertainment Centre. Complete with its undulating design and grass roof, this new recreational concept created delivery and sustainability challenges.
Into the evening, after-dinner speaker Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, who won over hearts and minds with his heroic failures, remains one of our best loved athletes. His life was encapsulated in the biographical film ‘Eddie the Eagle’ in 2016 and he has appeared as the coach on Channel 4 programme ‘The Jump’.
The Cultivating Retail Steering Group comprises: Mark Butler (Vitax), Boyd Douglas-Davies (Hillview Group), Neil Grant (Ferndale Garden Centre), Caroline Owen (Scotsdale Garden Centre), Richard Pyrah (Ames) supported by HTA’s director of membership Martin Simmons, GIMA Director Vicky Nuttall and the HTA events team.
The East Midlands Conference Centre purpose-built venue, set within the landscaped parkland of Nottingham University’s campus, is adjacent to the Orchard Hotel. Built in 2012 this eco-friendly hotel has been awarded a BREEAM rating of excellent and, using the latest technology to reduce carbon emissions, benefits from plenty of daylight.
The keynote speaker will be announced in due course.
For further information and to book your place please, click here www.hta.org.uk/cultivatingretail or email the events team firstname.lastname@example.org.