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Cherry Lane acquires David's Nurseries in Worcester, as revealed by GTN Xtra
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Carol Paris launches new garden centre group Somerton
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Garden centres add support to The National Rose Festival
Strikes Stokesley partially reopens after devastating fire
10 years of leading greenhouse manufacture from Vitavia
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Durstons’ Dan takes up a position on GIMA Council
RHS licensing partners help bring new project to life
Zest 4 Leisure trio celebrate marathon success
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Decco appoints Andrew Ballantine as new Chief Operating Officer
Garden product sales down for 11th consecutive week
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Roller coaster ride for growing media
Cold weather is a boost for Wild Bird Care sales
Date confirmed for GIMA Buyer Connect
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Beth Chatto Symposium honours 95th birthday
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Home & Garden group of centres to be split up
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QD Group buys David’s Nurseries to make Cherry Lane No 12
Wesfarmers seeks fast-track exit from the UK
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Date confirmed for GIMA Buyer Connect

GIMA has announced Thursday 31st May as the date of the next Buyer Connect session - featuring buyers from Choice Marketing, Klondyke Garden Centres & Perrywood Garden Centre.


The speed networking event will allow potential suppliers to meet with key garden retailers in timed 20-minute appointment sessions.  The following buying groups and garden centres will be attending to meet with potential new retail partners, as opposed to existing suppliers.


Choice Marketing Group is a buying & marketing group of 39 garden centres.   They would like to see any potential suppliers across all categories except growing media, fertilisers, chemicals, plants or birdcare.

Klondyke Group operate 22 garden centres throughout Scotland, England and Wales.  Buyers attending say they are happy to meet any potential suppliers across all areas of the Klondyke retail business.

Perrywood Garden Centre is a large family-run, award winning independent centre in Tiptree, Essex.  The team from Perrywood would like to meet potential new suppliers for any garden related products and outdoor leisure – but will not be using the event to meet plants, giftware or homeware suppliers.

Suppliers who are interested in meeting any or all of these companies should complete the relevant application forms and return them to by Wednesday 16th May.

The cost for non-members taking part in the above sessions will be £145 plus VAT for the first appointment, then £35 plus VAT for any extra meetings after that. GIMA members receive the discounted price of £95 plus VAT for the first meeting and an additional £25 plus VAT for subsequent appointments.


It is anticipated that there will be a lot of interest in these sessions, so interested parties are urged to confirm their applications as soon as possible.  Applications will be dealt with on a first come first served basis, and GIMA cannot guarantee appointments for all applicants, particularly if they are received late.

Visit or contact GIMA direct via email or telephone 01959 564947 for further information.

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