Jobs boost as garden centres enjoy bumper sales

Garden centres are rushing to employ extra staff as sales rocket this March.

Coolings Garden Centre has taken on 37 new staff - but it may not be enough, said chairman Paul Cooling.

The Kent garden centre has more than 1,000 people booked in for personal introductions to its new Green & Pleasant centre at Sevenoaks, Kent.

Cooling said: "As expected, when the sun shines the people come out to play.  As has been stated many times by many people, recessions do not affect gardeners. We took on an additional 37 staff for this season in order to take advantage the pent up demand. Early indications are that even this may not be enough."

Lincolnshire garden centre Pennells is recruiting at its extended Lincoln store after seeing sales rise by 70 per cent this March.

The recruitment surge contrasts sharply with the growth in unemployment nationally. The number of people out of work increased by 6.5 per cent between November and March and hit 2 million for the first time since 1997, with retailers such as Woolworths and garden centre chain Hurrans adding to the figures.


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