The impact of the internet, the explosion of high street gardening, major changes to the plant and garden product supply base, and the latest developments from a Defra-backed industry working group are just some of the topics that will be tackled at the Garden Retail Supply Chain Summit next week.
The summit has been organised by Horticulture Week in response to huge change in the garden industry - from the way that it sources its plant and garden product offering for its audience to the way it distributes that offering.
The event, which takes place next Thursday (26 February), will ask what actions garden industry professionals, whether suppliers or buyers, who are impacted by the changes should be taking right now.
In a late addition to the programme, delegates to the summit will also receive a special progress report on the work of the Defra-sponsored ornamentals supply chain working group from the group's chair, David Denny of the HTA.
Other leading industry figures taking part are Primrose.co.uk founder Ian Charles, B&Q horticulture and garden care lead buyer Tim Clapp, Briers managing director Jackie Eades, Bord na Mona head of consumer UK, Charles Farmer, Hillier Nurseries & Garden Centres managing director Andy McIndoe, Newey Group managing director Alex Newey and Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper.
The line-up of top names also includes Scotsdales managing director Caroline Owen, mdj2 director Andy Newman, Ovation Consulting director Neville Stein, Malcolm Scott Consultancy director Malcolm Scott, Jersey Plants Direct sales director Ian Riggs, Town & Country's Barry Page and Gardman supply chain director Scott Kilshaw.
Summit chairs are HW editor Kate Lowe, HW deputy editor Matthew Appleby and Neville Stein. For tickets, call Petra on 020 8267 4014 (Monday to Friday) or email email@example.com.
Where and when
- Garden Retail Supply Chain Summit
- Grand Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B
- 26 February 2015.