Breddy hails 'fantastic' start to work at Squire's

New Squire's Garden Centres managing director Martin Breddy has said his first six weeks in the job have been "fantastic", with May being a record sales month in the 80-year-old history of the business.

The former Scotts Miracle-Gro general manager pointed out that with an experienced team, a clear set of business standards and an "exciting retail environment", life has been good since taking over from Dennis Espley at the start of May.

Breddy said there have been challenges switching from being a retailer to a supplier but added that Squire's "solid foundations" have helped him to settle in well.

He said he will look at adding to Squire's 15 centres in the future but at the moment the focus is on redevelopments, with Chertsey currently underway and more in the planning pipeline. Brexit will have a short-term impact on prices because of the weakening of sterling but he is confident that garden centres can continue to offer value.

Squire's won a gold medal for its RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show garden, designed by Catherine MacDonald and built by Landform.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Pots and containers

Pots and containers

Superior propagation products can justify extra expenditure by providing precise cell fill, optimum root development and healthy plugs, writes Sally Drury.

Business Planning - Inflationary pressures

Business Planning - Inflationary pressures

How can horticulture businesses respond to Brexit-fuelled inflation? Neville Stein outlines the options.

Garden centre profile: Mappleborough Green Garden Centre

Garden centre profile: Mappleborough Green Garden Centre

Phase two of the redevelopment of the former Badger Nurseries has delivered rapid and impressive results, Matthew Appleby discovers.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Garden retail Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. NEW: 2016 listing just published

Garden Centre Prices

GARDEN CENTRE PRICES w/e 21 September 2016
GARDEN CENTRE PRICES w/e 24 August 2016

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here