Nursery stock sector to tackle market challenges at January Contact conference

Representatives from the hardy nursery stock industry will meet to discuss the issues they will face in the year ahead at the biennial Contact conference on 16-17 January.

Speakers at the HTA-organised event include Bransford Webbs Plant Company chair Will Tooby, who will talk about the state of the market and making a living from growing plants. 

Also, IT Genetics managing director Paul Hogden and Kernock Park Plants marketing coordinator Kirsten Pett will discuss the use of social media.

Garden journalist Adam Pasco will look at the current state of plant promotions in media and garden retail, and highlight a range of ideas for plant promotions to put plants higher on the gardening media agenda.

Garden Centre Group head of horticulture Tim Clapp will reveal his thoughts on how growers can work with retailers to maximise sales and Gary Greuber of Cultivaris will look at the future of breeding and maximising relationships between growers and breeders.

The two day conference includes a dinner on Wednesday evening, and Hillier Nurseries managing director Andy McIndoe will give the after dinner speech.

The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Bromsgrove. Further information can be found at www.contact2013.co.uk.


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