Consolidation among garden centres and their suppliers, the impact of a volatile euro on garden plant and product supply chains, the growth of "little and often" purchasing and the impact of major changes to the national minimum wage and Sunday trading are just some of the hot topics that will be tackled at the next Garden Retail Summit on 4 February 2016.
It will be the second Garden Retail Summit to be organised and hosted by Horticulture Week following the success of the inaugural event earlier this year that was launched in response to the huge changes taking place in the garden industry.
The summit will once again take place during the day at the prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms in London's Covent Garden, where it will be followed in the evening by the newly expanded Garden Retail & Garden Industry Awards 2016.
As well as examining the hottest issues in the garden retail market, the Garden Retail Summit 2016 will also ask what actions should be taken by garden industry professionals, whether suppliers or buyers, who are impacted by the many changes in the market.
A broad range of top industry figures will be taking part in next year's event, with the full line-up to be announced this autumn.
Last year's speakers and delegates included senior executives from B&Q, Blue Diamond, Primrose.co.uk, Hillier, Scotsdales, Newey Group, mdj2, Gardman, Bord Bia, Jersey Plants Direct, Fairweather's, Syngenta, Longacres, Roundstone, Scotts and Timmermans.
- To reserve your place at the Garden Retail Summit 2016, email event manager Sarah Fournier at email@example.com or see www.gardenretailawards.com/summit.
- To enter the Garden Retail & Garden Industry Awards 2016, see www.gardenretailawards.com.
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Garden Retail Summit
The second Garden Retail Summit will take place on 4 February 2016 at the Grand Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, London.
Landscape Contractors Summit
Alongside next year's Garden Retail Summit on 4 February 2016, Horticulture Week will also be hosting a separate event for landscape contractors. Full details of this event will be announced shortly.