B&Q horticulture lead Tim Clapp set to join Garden Retail Summit expert panel on growing the garden industry

B&Q lead buyer for horticulture, Tim Clapp, is set to join Hillview Garden Centres chief executive officer Boyd Douglas-Davies and marketing expert Jane Lawler in a debate on how best to grow the garden industry audience at February's Garden Retail Summit.

Tim Clapp Image HW
Tim Clapp Image HW

The need to engage new gardening audiences has been acknowledged since the heady days of Groundforce, when gardening sales peaked. But that need has now become more urgent thanks to a dramatic decline in home ownership, which it is suggested could contribute to lost spending of up to £87m per year by 2023.

The key debate is one in a series of top-level panel discussions and presentations that will take place during the course of the day at the Garden Retail Summit which is hosted by Horticulture Week and will take place at London's Grand Conaught Rooms.

The day-long special garden industry event will also feature a series of major panel discussions and presentations on:

The explosion of consolidation in the garden industryThe impact of a volatile euro on the garden plant and product supply chainsManaging the National Living WageThe growing trend for "little and often" plant supplyEngaging new gardening audiencesKey policy and political game changers

The full speaker line-up includes: Andy Bunker (Tillington Group), Dennis Espley (Squire's), Alan Roper (Blue Diamond), Paul Bevington (Lofa), Boyd Douglas Davis (HillView), Tim Clapp (B&Q), and Jane Lawler, Geoff Caesar (Bransford Webb Plants Company), Matt Graham (The Plant Yard), Mark Glover (Bellenden Public Affairs), Neville Stein (Ovation), Jane Lawler (Lawler Associates), Andy Newman (mdj2), Vicky Nuttall (GIMA), Andrew Saunders, Management Today, Tim Briercliffe (AIPH). Horticulture Week's Kate Lowe and Matthew Appleby will join Saunders, Newman and Stein as panel facilitators.

For full details and to book tickets to the Garden Retail Summit go to: www.gardenretailawards.com/summit or email event manager Sarah Fournier at sarah.fournier@haymarket.com. The Summit will be followed in the evening at the same venue by the Garden Retail Awards which is also taking bookings.

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