HTA to meet its members at regional meetings

The HTA has announced a series of HTA regional business briefings briefings.

West of England and Wales regional business briefings kicks off the series on 27 January 2011 at Cadbury Garden & Leisure, Bristol.

Senior representatives of the HTA staff will be available to meet and discuss issues and initiatives with HTA members and provide an overview of the industry and essential knowledge for garden retailers, landscapers, growers, manufacturers and suppliers as we prepare for the new season.

The briefing will also include highlights from the presentations given by Mary Portas and other speakers at the HTA Garden Futures Conference, together with findings from the latest HTA research on the garden market.

The event also offers an excellent opportunity to meet with HTA director general David Gwyther and Andrew Whelan, the new HTA regional account manager – South West, as well as to network with other HTA members, customers, suppliers and colleagues in the garden trade.

HTA director of marketing and communications Andrew Maxted said: "Building on the excellent response to last year’s HTA regional briefings we invite members to come along to the 2011 events. They provide an opportunity for members to meet with HTA staff to share concerns, issues and opportunities impacting on the industry as we prepare for the start of the season. Taking place across a wide range of venues across the country the briefings allow members to network and ensure that they are making the most of the added value that HTA membership has to offer."

The briefings begin at 10.30 am and runs through to 3.30 pm when participants can tour the host venue.

For further details about the business briefings and to reserve your place at this event please call the HTA events team on 0118 9303132 email: or visit

Further HTA regional briefings will be held throughout February and March – further details to be announced soon. Venues as follows:

Scotland - Craigmarloch, Kilsyth

Northern Ireland - Dobbies, Lisburn

North West - Stax Trade Centre, Manchester

Yorkshire - Langlands, Shiptonthorpe

West Midlands - Solus, Halesowen

East Midlands - Gardman, Peterborough

N Home Counties - Europlants, Hatfield

South/South East – venue tbc

South West - RHS Rosemoor, Devon

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