Garden centre performance helped by events

Chessington Nurseries garden centre in Surrey says the business was hit by six months of roadworks, but helped by 'weatherproofing', according to its latest accounts, for the year to 31 December 2015.

The garden centre turned over £10.872m in the 12 months, up from £10.556m, with operating profit at £802,000 from £845,000.

The recently issued accounts said work to weatherproof the business helped 2015 results, with Halloween and Christmas events and catering the stand out performers.

Meanwhile, Whitehall Group (Wessex) saw "excellent growth" for the year to 31 December 2015, with continued improvement in lifestyle (up 22 per cent), events (up 29 per cent) and restaurant (up 13 per cent). Directors said they do not see Brexit having a "material impact on performance".

Whitehall has outline planning for development at its Lacock site and has taken initial steps to lock in planning at Whitehall, in Wiltshire.

And Polhill Garden Centre of Badgers Mount, Kent, saw turnover rise from £10.74m to £11.14m for the year to 31 December 2015 in recently issued accounts. Directors said the increase was "due to the hard work of everybody within the company". Operating profits were £767,000 from 695,000.

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