Decco opens new accounts and expands range following Solus failure

Decco chief operating officer John Findlay says the wholesaler has opened a "significant number of new accounts in recent weeks" and started to supply a wider range of products to centres that it was already supplying.

Decco and Stax have stepped in after Solus went into administration last month. Findlay added: "Initially there was strong demand for Scotts, Bayer and Vitax products and this has continued, but we have seen increasing demand across the wide range of branded products that we stock such as DLF, Cuprinol, Town & Country, Hozelock, Haws, Fiskars and many others."

Keeping up has involved emergency measures, he said. "The main challenge has been to respond at short notice to high demand at a key time in the season."

He added: "To do this we have contracted extra transport and made use of additional short-term storage space." Stax has 35,000sq m, eight trading locations and 50 commercial vehicles.

Klondyke chief executive Bob Hewitt said: "We are continuing to use Solus but we are buying direct from Scotts. For bird care we're using Solus but could go to Gardman or Peckish.

"Everyone is waiting to see what happens. We could find alternatives. I'm not worried about it. If we have Gardman they'll sort out the distribution. Tools we'll have to look at because we have Yeoman. It will be interesting to see what Crest and Smart Solar offer at Glee."

Solus has closed its Edinburgh office. Administrator PwC said it expects to receive offers for Solus "in the near future" but would not comment on whether the owning Yealland family may buy Solus out of administration.

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