Plimsoll reveals 56 emerging garden centre market leaders

A new study by industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing has identified a group of 56 emerging companies in the UK garden centre industry.

Market-leading garden centres saw 8% growth in 2011 according to Plimsoll - image: HW
Market-leading garden centres saw 8% growth in 2011 according to Plimsoll - image: HW

In the last year these companies have increased sales by an average 8% and are taking further control of the market as we start 2012, Plimsoll said.

Over the last two years, growth in the market has been sporadic, averaging 4% two years ago and 0% last year. But these high growth companies have managed to grow much faster, said Plimsoll.

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Of the 700 companies analysed in the just published Plimsoll Analysis, 74 were found to be suffering the consequences of these high growth companies. They saw their own sales fall, on average by -4% in the same period.

Author David Pattison said: "This is absolute evidence that whatever growth there is in the market is being captured by a select group of companies.

"It’s clear that the market is changing. The revenue and growth streams companies took for granted a couple of years ago have changed. Frankly, it’s the one question that we all want to know the answer to, ‘Where is the market heading?’. These 56 winning companies seem to have the best idea."

Growth is still being achieved by a number of small, innovative companies as well as larger ones, Plimsoll added.

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Copies of the full 700 paged analysis are now available at £350 (+VAT).

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