GARDEN RETAIL SUMMIT 2017
The Horticulture Week Garden Retail Summit is the leading knowledge and networking event for senior garden retail executives seeking to connect with the best professionals, be briefed on the brightest innovations, and prepare for the challenges ahead.
Be bold was the message from those at the helm of three independent garden centres who have seen their businesses boom after being brave and investing big in new buildings.
Best for plants and gardening, and a restaurant for all, are two key priorities for Dobbies, delegates at the Horticulture Week Garden Retail Summit heard.
Greater collaboration between suppliers and retailers, with the "pain" of inflationary pressures shared between all parties, is likely to offer the best defence against the potential impact of Brexit, a panel session at the Garden Retail Summit heard.
"Stand out from the crowd" says Newman as he unlocks drivers behind garden centre sector's investment boom
Andy Newman from retail consultants mdj2 highlighted the ongoing need to "stand out from the crowd" in a presentation that unlocked the drivers behind the energy in today's garden centre sector which lies in sharp contrast to the "soul searching" on the high street.
Blue Diamond's Alan Roper, Newbridge Nurseries' Nigel Wait, Dobbies' Steve Guy and Ian Riggs from Jersey Plants Direct discussed how UK growers can exploit post-Brexit changes, at the Garden Retail Summit.
Horticulture Week's Garden Retail Summit 2017 heard Coolings chairman Paul Cooling's insights into how his multi award-winning garden centres have earned their success - and his plans for the future.
Winners of the 2017 Garden Retail Awards revealed at glittering industry event in London's Covent Garden
Three hundred professionals from the garden retail industry gathered at London's Grand Connaught Rooms last night to see the winners of the Garden Retail Awards 2017 unveiled.
Green Space and Bereavement Services Manager - Neighbourhood Services
Bridgend County Borough Council Bridgend, Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
Spye Farm Ltd Wiltshire
Private Estate - Maidstone Near Maidstone, Kent
Horticultural Marketing Officer
The Scottish Government Edinburgh & Glasgow
Parks & Open Spaces Improvement Officer
East Devon District Council Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon