Glee has revamped its seminar schedule, strengthening the programme while reducing it from a full day’s schedule of activity, to allow more time on the show floor for buyers.
Glee event manager Matthew Mein said: "We know just how vital time on the show floor is for buyers, which is why we have come to the decision to reduce our programme of activity within the Knowledge Hub to ensure that even more time can be spent doing business and building relationships.
"We would, however, like to assure visitors that the quality of information on offer has not been compromised.
"In fact, we believe that this year working with the HTA we have pulled together one of our strongest programmes yet, and one that is clearly reflective of Glee’s core values – Discover, Network, Grow."
Key themes up for discussion within the Knowledge Hub’s programme in 2013 include:
- social media and how garden retailers can maximise its potential;
- how to make the most of multi-channel retailing;
- how to tap into the popular high street style of café culture to build an in-store catering ‘destination’.
Panel debates will also take place on a daily basis, and will focus on a number of key business building topics including how garden centres can appeal to a younger audience, as well as growing garden centre catering.
International retail guru John Stanley will also be returning to the Knowledge Hub stage, bringing with him his unique insight into the changing face of the garden retail market from across the globe.