Garden centre supplier Bonningtons marks golden jubilee

Bonningtons, the Nottingham based importer and distributor of gardening, home and leisure goods, is marking 50 years of trading with an open showroom event in September.

With around 2,500 products warehoused in the UK, Bonningtons supplies businesses, from high street retail chains, garden centre groups and independent retailers, to cash and carry wholesalers, large internet retailers and trade professionals.

In 2016 Bonningtons was named one of the UK’s fasting growing SME’s, and in 2017 was listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

Sales director Sergio Tartaglia said: "Bonningtons has achieved a great deal in 50 years, and continues to innovate and grow in a difficult climate. We wish to celebrate our success with all customers, old and new, and invite them to a special Open Showroom Event. All visitors will be given the VIP treatment and offered very special promotional prices on any order placed during the day."

Paul Fisher founded the company in 1967 with £200 cash and a telephone. The first premises was an old bakehouse in the village of Sutton Bonnington, Leicestershire, and the first items he bought and sold were hosepipe and rubber sheeting.

In 2001 Paul’s son, Ian Fisher, joined the business and began importing products from China under the brand name Kingfisher.

The company recently rebranded and launched 1,000 new products and 6 premium brands at Glee 2016.

Managing director Ian Fisher said: "We have achieved year on year growth by identifying Simply Great Products. The next stage in our development was to provide more quality brands and develop new customer channels.

"The rebrand enabled us to develop new products that complement the existing Kingfisher ranges, and to build trade relationships with new customers and markets which were previously inaccessible, without damaging our core Kingfisher customer base."

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