The Rising Stars Programme, run by Westland Horticulture and supported by the GCA has been running since 2009. Its aim is to develop the best new talent in the garden centre industry through a year-long training course facilitated by Ian Boardman, IBBIS director.
The course helps the Rising Stars understand the importance of merchandising and Boardman works with each candidate to show what they could implement at their own garden centre and how to measure results.
He said: "I was proud of them all and what they had achieved. Their presentations were very professional and they received great applause and many compliments from the audience. I liked the way they were all cheering each other on and had bonded as a mini team."
Westland marketing director Keith Nicholson said: "Encouraging new and emerging talent is essential for the future of our industry, bringing fresh ideas and inspiration. That’s why Westland will continue to invest heavily in training for garden centre staff and will once again support the next Rising Stars programme."
GCA chief executive Iain Wylie said: "We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Rising Stars Programme. I’m sure garden centre owners will once again be encouraging their own employees to benefit from initiative."
Anyone interested in applying for the 2015 programme should contact the GCA on 0118 930 8918 or visit www.gca.org.uk