Hillview Group develops and appoints new staff

The 10-centre Hillview Garden Centre group run by Boyd Douglas-Davies has been revamping centres and is looking to expand.

Boyd Douglas-Davies
Boyd Douglas-Davies

He said: "We've had a good year. In terms of development we've opened a new soft play centre and cafe bar at Studley three weeks ago and spent nearly £1m on store improvements that we've been quietly getting on with that continue through the winter to be in a good place for spring."

Hillview restructured in September, with Marcus Eyles and Neil Stevens leaving and the appointment of new staff including Julian Ransom as Studley store manager and Nigel Coombs as regional manager for the east, where Hillview currently has three garden centres. Both have worked at Notcutts and Coombs has also been at Wyevale.

Douglas-Davies added: "I'm definitely out and about looking at new sites and we plan continued investment next year at existing sites. We could acquire a store or two next year."

Newton Regis Garden centre near Tamworth is in planning for a revamp.


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