Mary Portas and Landscape Man Matthew Wilson to headline HTA conference

Mary Portas, the retail expert and star of the BBC's Mary Queen of Shops will headline this year's HTA strategic business conference on 12-13 October: Garden Industry - Evolution or Revolution?

Mary Portas has been invited to visit and challenge "the business status quo" of some of the UK’s leading garden centres. Portas will present her critique and report back on the state of the sector at the Garden Futures conference.

Following her presentation, views of leading players from within the industry, on key trends in future retail development will be debated, under the incisive questioning of Horticulture Week's business and management adviser Leslie Kossoff.

Pippa Goodman, director of the Future Foundation, will talk about the changing consumer in a shifting economic and social environment.  Delegates will also see the results of a new HTA research study into consumer attitudes to the modern garden centre.
 
Supply chain expert Professor Andrew Fearne, from Kent Business School will later outline the new supply chain thinking for the garden retail supply chain.

Geoff Caesar, managing director of Bransford Webbs Plant Company will describe how UK nurseries are responding to the supply chain logistics challenge and what needs to change and Philip Evason, buying director of Haskins Garden Centres will highlight the supply chain service that retailers need to maximise product sales.
 
Ben Page, chief executive, Ipsos Mori will be after dinner speaker at the London barbican centre event.
 
The conference concludes with Channel 4’s Landscape Man, Matthew Wilson discussing how garden design and planting trends will influence what customers will expect to find on shelves in the future.
 
For further information or to book your place please contact the HTA events team: Tel: 0118 9303132 or email events@the-hta.org.uk.


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