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Mobile app development company Apps4U invites small businesses across the country to enter their free app development competition, with a prize worth nearly £2000.

Mobile apps are a major component in modern living. 85% of people say they prefer using apps over mobile websites, mainly because they streamline the user experience and make the business/service more accessible and easier to engage with. Given the popularity of apps, their benefits for a small business… Full story

pumpkin soup

Haskins is encouraging gardeners to make the most of their home-grown pumpkins with a delicious soup recipe for Halloween.

 

Alasdair Urquhart, plant advisor at Haskins Garden Centres, commented: “Making your own pumpkin soup is simple and rewarding. Even if you haven’t had time to grow your own this year, you can still follow our step-by-step recipe.

 

“We recommend saving the seeds once you’ve scooped them out, so you can roast them and sprinkle on top of the soup, to bring extra flavour. For a novelty twist, you could try serving the soup using the… Full story

Neat Ideas

The original in-store media company “Neat Ideas” offer a range of inspirational kitchen, garden, housewares & DIY products.

 

Everything we do, from selecting innovative quality products, to our packaging design and smart in-store media, is designed to ensure maximised sales.

With our in-store media and promotional approach, we ensure that our products offer more profit per square foot.

  • We offer Sale or Return (so retailers never have to reduce prices to clear stock)
  • No quibble returns policy
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BEES™ Gift Displays - Gardening gift displays to drive year round sales

Following the success of BEES™ Seeds and Gifts over the last couple of years, G Plants have developed a collection of new wooden display units with vintage BEES branding, which will be available for delivery from December.

 

The products in these ranges have been designed to be suitable for year round sales, with attractive packaging, which makes them ideal for gardening gift lines to drive sales, even in quieter months.

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The industry was saddened at GLEE 2017 to hear that the range of DaVinci Home and garden products were no longer available to garden centres as the business had ceased trading due to personal reasons.

The good news is that Melmar Stone, one of the leading stoneware and garden ornament suppliers in the UK have formed an exclusive strategic partnership with the manufacturer of the range and are pleased to announce that the products are NOW available for ordering in time for the 2018 season.

This is important news because the products have been hugely successful in the UK and… Full story

Garden Playhouse, the Cottage Playhouse

With margins of +140% on high ticket items that cost the retailer virtually nothing to stock, this was something we really wanted to find more out about. So to find out how they do this Garden Trade Specialist interviewed WhatShed.co.uk, the UKs most authoritative website on garden buildings.

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Hillmount Blooms Into Ards Following £1 Million Investment

Hillmount Ards has opened its doors following a £1 million investment in transforming the site of the original Thriving Life Church at the junction of Movilla Road and Ballyreagh Road into a 10,000sq ft lifestyle garden centre with the creation of 25 jobs for Newtownards.


 
Robin Mercer, Hillmount Ards, said:  “I always promised my wife Edith that I’d open a garden centre in her home shopping town of Ards and after we opened Hillmount Bangor we began to search for a site.  Developing Hillmount Ards has been a real labour of love for Edith, our son Alan and I, and we… Full story

Haskins Garden Centre

Staff working at Haskins Garden Centre in Roundstone are supporting a local project to build a sensory room at St Andrew's High School C.E. for boys.

The garden centre has donated a £100 gift card to a group of degree students at the University of Chichester who are behind the project. The students are in their third year of a primary teaching degree and as part of their training, they aim to raise £2,500 within the local community in order to create the new sensory room.

The sensory room project will help students who require different types of support throughout the… Full story

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It was my first time but definitely not the last one! Two weeks ago I came back from the International Garden Centre Association trip to Niagara Falls, Canada. With a group of over 200 people from all over the world, we enjoyed the trip through the garden industry in this part of Ontario.

Since I was travelling around in a bus with a group of about 20 youngsters from the industry it was very relaxed and entertaining, and we even learned something while having fun! Here are 3 … Full story

man gardening

AXA investigates the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening

  • Fifty per cent of people who have done gardening report an improvement in their happiness, 43 per cent say it’s relaxing and reduces anxiety and 42 per cent report an improvement in their mental health
  • Meanwhile 45 per cent reported an improvement in their appreciation of nature and 18 per cent say gardening helped them sleep better
  • 57 per cent of those surveyed said they were emotionally attached to their garden and would be upset if something happened to it… Full story
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THE TWO young delegates sponsored by the Garden Centre Association (GCA) Trust to attend the 58th International Garden Centre Association (IGCA) Congress near Niagara Falls in Canada have reported back this month (October, 2017).

 

Zoe Willis from Perrywood Garden Centre and Liz Dowling from Millbrook Garden Company were both selected by the GCA Trust for the Dick Allen Scholarship Award Scheme. 

 

Zoe explained: “The week had a packed-full itinerary including many visits to Canadian garden centres, a visit to Toronto botanical gardens and a night hosted by… Full story

Generation of Gardeners

Justine Newman, Horticultural Sector Manager of IML Labels, looks at the shortage of workers in the horticultural industry, identifies why this is the case, and suggests how we can help to inspire the next generation of gardeners.

 

The UK’s horticultural industry is worth £9 billion and employs almost 200,000 people. Yet, a … Full story

Trade Show

Choice Marketing held their Annual Conference & Trade Show over 3 days in early October at Jurys Hinckley Island Hotel. A total of 160 delegates representing members, suppliers and the Greenfingers charity came together in an atmosphere of friendship and co-operation.

The Trade Show hosted 90 suppliers covering core gardening, plants, gifts, Christmas and catering. Key industry personalities from all sectors of the industry were in attendance. Choice announced the winners of their supplier of the year awards with Whartons scooping the Plant supplier accolade and Woodlodge… Full story

Greatest supplier awards

Smart Garden were honoured with the Greatest Garden Products Supplier of the Year Award at the HTA Garden Futures Conference and dinner on Wednesday 4th October at Heythrop Park, Enstone, Oxfordshire– marking the second year in a row that the company has walked away with the accolade.

 

The award was presented to Smart Garden’s Managing Director Jonathan Stobart and Sales Director Paul Knott, by BBC rural affairs correspondent and Countryfile presenter Tom Heap, and awards host and founder Trevor Pfeiffer from Garden Trade News and GTNXtra.

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Flopro Elite Tripod Sprinkler

The Flopro philosophy has always been to ensure that gardeners select the right product for the right job, but equally important is the right quality for the right consumer. Entry level products are vitally important to encourage new consumers and fringe gardeners to take a first step on the gardening journey. With this in mind, Flopro have upgraded their introductory range which provides high quality, no leaks products that fit all brands, while still retaining ‘value’ price points.

However, Glee marked a turning point in moving the watering market forward as M.D. Nick Davies… Full story

Briers team

Launching eight new ranges at this year’s Glee exhibition, leading garden lifestyle brand, Briers, was keen to display its commitment to higher standards for quality and how that has stepped up even further in the last 12 months.

 

Briers kicked off their time at Glee 2017 with the help of designer Julie Dodsworth, as well as showcasing an expanded kids range, together with a new licensed range, Pantone.  

Briers is unique within its sector, as the only garden clothing manufacturer that employs a dedicated compliance director.  At key points of the sourcing and… Full story