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Peter Worrall and Benjamin Millward of Moore Barlow on keeping supply chains running

Peter Worrall & Benjamin Millward, specialists in commercial debt recovery at Moore Barlow, discuss the dangers of weak supply chains and how to avoid contractual disputes…

For businesses in the gardening industry, interruptions caused by Covid-19 to the normally thriving sector have made 2020 one of the most unpredictable years ever for this billion-pound contributor to the UK economy. The horticultural industry was predicted to be wiped out at the start of lockdown, but is… Full story

We’ve cracked it! The perfect stocking filler this Christmas, to tick all the boxes, is the daft and hilarious Bewilderbeest Wild Bites calendar. Light and flat to post, the calendar will hang on the wall all year round, and will bring a smile (or at least an eye-roll over a bad joke) every day.

We’ve cracked it! The perfect stocking filler this Christmas, to tick all the boxes, is the daft and hilarious Bewilderbeest Wild Bites calendar. Light and flat to post, the calendar will hang on the wall all year round, and will bring a smile (or at least an eye-roll over a bad joke) every day.

Finding thoughtful and memorable gifts will be on people’s minds more than ever this year, as it may not be possible to meet with friends and family in the usual way this Christmas. Something unusual, with a decent dollop of humour thrown in, will be just the ticket to spread a little… Full story

Men’s branded socks

Spike Leisurewear launched their collection of officially licensed socks in 2018. The range has grown steadily and now includes a large selection of branded designs, including The Beatles, Doctor Who, Mr Bean and Only Fools and Horses.

Socks sell well in gift shops across the country and a particular area of growth has been in garden centres. They are an inexpensive, fun present for birthdays, Father’s Day and Christmas, retailing at around £5.00 a pair.

Who are Spike Leisurewear?

Spike Leisurewear has been trading since 1987 in the UK gift… Full story

Returns - woman on bed with laptop and phone

Year on year, eCommerce sales continue to surge as more of us swap the high street in favour of shopping online from the comfort of our homes. This trend has only been exacerbated in recent months, as the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant more shoppers than ever were encouraged to buy online. Spending more time at home pushed many Brits to tackle those DIY to-do lists. This resulted in a growth of almost 50% in online sales of home and garden retail products… Full story

Miko Greetings

A blank sheet of paper. That’s how the creative Miko starts his day. That’s scary! Knowing when to stop is even scarier! Miko has spent a lifetime practising his art and experimenting with various approaches, styles, using all kinds of medium. Ask him if he’s satisfied with his latest creation and he will always say ‘No!’ So when does he know when to stop? ‘It’s called a deadline, otherwise I would go on for ever changing this, adding that!’
Miko dreamed of being an actor and went to Art College while he was waiting to get into Rada.

As well as being Head Boy at a… Full story

lawn care subscription service


So & Mo launches first-of-its kind service to send professional grade lawn care products directly to consumers

So & Mo, the lawn care subscription service, has launched in the UK to provide fertiliser products used at major sporting venues directly to consumers. 

Customers will be able to sign up for quarterly deliveries of fertilisers that are tailored to the size of their garden and the season. Each delivery comes with a step-by-step guide designed to enable… Full story

outdoor living space with a pergola from Endurawood

UK homeowners have become increasingly concerned about the appearance of their garden — with the garden products industry expected to be worth £5 billion. Here, Nick Cowley, managing director at exterior cladding and outdoor living product Endurawood, runs through the key considerations when revitalising your outdoor space. 

Renovation over relocation has become a favoured option for many UK homeowners in recent years, with many opting to invest in their current properties and improve instead of move. 

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Char-Broil appoints new team

Following many successful years building and expanding Char-Broil’s UK business, Ian Moore has announced his retirement, effective end of July 2020. Char-Broil is delighted to announce that Luke Hopkins, formerly of Landmann BBQ, joins Char-Broil UK as National Sales Manager.
In a further boost to the UK team, Carsten Nederup-Nielsen, current General Sales Manager of Char-Broil Nordics will be taking on additional responsibility for the UK business.  Luke will report directly to Carsten, GSM Nordics and UK.
Luke Hopkins comes with strong knowledge and experience… Full story

DJ Turfcare's new Autumn Lawn Treatment

DJ Turfcare – UK supplier of the organic-based Viano ranges – has confirmed that it is bringing to market a new Autumn Lawn Treatment to help drive sales during this pivotal time for lawns pre-winter.
The new Autumn Lawn Feed from DJ Turfcare, available in 10kg bags (treats an area up to 200m2), is a unique organic-based fertiliser which has been created for use during August to November to destroy moss whilst also stimulating strong roots and providing grass with 100 days of food to encourage a greener, thicker, stronger and disease-resistant sward throughout winter and long… Full story

transforming consumer attitudes

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world of retail to its core, transforming consumer attitudes. While social distancing, hand sanitisation and  face coverings have rapidly become the norm, one factor that was shaping consumer demand long before the pandemic continues to gain momentum: environmentally responsible shopping.
Lockdown revealed how quickly the planet can begin to recover from human activity, and that’s set to have a significant impact on consumers’ buying decisions as society attempts to emerge into the much talked about ‘new normal’. Shoppers were increasingly… Full story

3D Showroom Experience

Hartman launch its new virtual 3D showroom experience, enabling all clients to view its 2021 collection during these uncertain times.
The unpredictability of this season has resulted in all companies adapting to new strategies in order to reach out to customers. With the unfortunate news of Solex being cancelled this year, Hartman wanted to give centres the opportunity to view the range, even if the nation was still in restrictive lockdown measures.
The virtual technology enables customers to navigate around the showroom, using similar functionality to that of… Full story


The nation has turned to indoor gardening in recent months, with houseplant sales rising by a third and searches for ‘houseplants for sale UK’ increasing by a huge 240% since lockdown was announced in March.

In light of the nation’s new love affair with indoor greenery, Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at FurnitureChoice.co.uk, shares her top tips for introducing and caring for houseplants in your home. 

Houseplants are a modern-day interior staple, and as Rebecca continues: “They can easily transform your space and… Full story

working from home in garden

The restrictions may be lifting, but the reality is that many of us will still be working from home throughout the summer. This week, with temperatures set to hit 30 degrees, Mojo Mortgages, has provided some tips on how to create garden offices to ensure you are getting outdoors and making the most of the glorious weather.

There’s no doubt that even though working from home has its benefits, some people are feeling stifled by the four walls of their home offices. Getting outside can massively boost your health and incorporating elements of nature into your workday can also… Full story

Tuffgrass and Quick Lawn top Johnsons Lawn Seed

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest lawn seed brand, is reporting healthy sales of two of its most iconic consumer brands, despite the nationwide lockdown that gripped the garden trade during peak season.

Sales of the company’s leading Tuffgrass and Quick Lawn brands have witnessed a year-to-date increase of 35% and 30% respectively, with performance driven by innovation which saw both lines refreshed for 2020 to incorporate the latest seed technology.

Johnsons Lawn Seed’s Guy Jenkins said: “Performance of the Tuffgrass and Quick Lawn brands has been… Full story

Chris Mellor ex scruffs marketing head

At a time of huge uncertainly for many businesses, one entrepreneur , Ex Scruffs Marketing Head, is launching a new enterprise aimed squarely at supporting small businesses.
True Blue Marketing™ is the brainchild of Chris Mellor-Dolman and aims to help businesses as they emerge in the new landscape post Covid-19.
Marketer Chris has a track record spanning 20 years with award-winning construction trade brands including Scruffs, Van Vault and Defender.  He was made redundant prior to the pandemic and… Full story