Leading UK ornamental nurseries see increase in turnover and profits

UK nurseries Hillier, Farplants and Johnsons of Whixley have all recorded improved returns over 2016.

The top UK nurseries results included from Hillier, which saw turnover rise 7.84% to £30.61m from £28.39m for the year ended 31 August 2016.
Profits after tax were £1.10m, up from £629,000. Hillier consists of garden centres, nursery and amenity supply divisions.
Hillier said it had strengthened personnel in the last two years to increases commerciality and efficiency against strong competition to build "strong foundations" to beat increased costs from Brexit and wages.
New Hillier marketing head Shelley Turner said the Hillier Plant List 2017/18 is now available, offering trade customers a guide to all the plants supplied from Hillier Nurseries.
Farplants saw turnover rise to £19.07m from £19.04m in the year to 31 August 2016, with operating profits up to £218,000 from £123,000, principally because of reductions in operating leases of plant and machinery used in distribution.
The business plan is for growth in added value products especially outside the traditional UK gardening season, which also helps utilise the distribution centre.
Johnsons of Whixley saw sales for the year to 30 September 2016 exceed internal plans by 10%. Turnover was £10.51m, up from £10.06m. Profit after tax was £261,000, up from £214,000.
Gross margin increased by 0.7% and the aim is to further reduce wastage.
Concerns are competition, Brexit and the National Living Wage.

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