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UK’s leading garden centres scoop top awards at GCA conference
And the rising star is Jayne Scott from Daleside Klondyke
Greenfingers fundraising at GCA Conference reaches more than £30,000
Barton Grange, Bents, Webbs, Stewarts, Fron Goch, Stratford, Fairways, Gordale win awards at GCA conference
Cowells and Bents picked up Ruxley Rose Awards
‘Fun and frolics’ event raises over £20,000 for Greenfingers
Castle Gardens and Bents presented with Christmas Awards
Mike Lind takes over as GCA chairman
Paul Dye's funeral details announced
Happy Spring!
Girl Power takeover for Rising Stars
Easy instant colour flies out of planterias
Wildlife World returns to Spring Fair 2018
Squire’s customers raise over £21,300 for local charities
Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20%
Successful trials of membrane to contain Japanese knotweed
Perrywood presents cheques for over £14,000
Seedball launch Natural History Museum range
GIMA launches new Foreign Exchange service
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GTN's Greatest Christmas Team Winners to be announced during Glee@Spring Fair
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Lights continue to sell after Christmas
Creative Products boosts marketing team
Red Baron sets the pace for veg sales
Early Birds drive sales of growing media
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Young Gardeners of the Year 2018 launch
The best of last week's
Shake-up at the top of Dobbies but Nicholas Marshall stays
Jobs at risk at Wyevale Garden Centres following ‘challenging trading conditions’
Global giant Venanpri Tools acquires Burgon & Ball
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Casual Dining show expands its drinks menu
HTA Catering Conference 2018 - ‘A Recipe for Growth’
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Shake-up at the top of Dobbies but Nicholas Marshall stays


Rumours circulating in the garden industry today that Nicholas Marshall had left his job as CEO of Dobbies have proved be unfounded although two of his senior team – Lorrie Robertson and Andrew West – have left the company. Commuting to Edinburgh has been given as the reason for their decision to leave.


In a statement issued late Friday afternoon, the company said:


"Dobbies today announced a re-shuffle in some of its senior leadership positions. Graeme Jenkins is to become Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his present role as Chief Financial Officer. Graeme replaces Lorrie Robertson, who has left the Company.

"Marcus Eyles, currently head of online and horticulture, will take the role of Purchasing Director, replacing Andrew West, who has also left the Company for personal travel-related reasons.

"Dobbies congratulated Graeme and Marcus on their new roles.

"Nicholas Marshall, who was appointed CEO at the 35-centre chain, remains Chief Executive."


Nicholas Marshall took over at the top of Dobbies in March last year and within months of his arrival he had put together a team full of former colleagues.


In an interview with GTN last November Marshall said: “The theme here before I arrived was a pound shop. Actually it was worse than that – they had some things that cynical retailers would sell. In the DIY industry they go to China, they buy cheap products, bring it over here, put it at a price which is ridiculous and then they half-price it and people say what a good bargain, and it isn’t. Do we like garish, no.”


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