Provender Nurseries sees 16% growth thanks to "more competitive offering"

Kent-based Provender Nurseries has seen sales rise thanks to having a "one stop shop".

Provender Nurseries managing director, Richard McKenna
Provender Nurseries managing director, Richard McKenna

Managing director Richard McKenna said sales were also up 17% in 2015. He said a "more holistic approach" to selling a range of planting products as well as amenity plants was helping sales.

McKenna said the cost of imports had risen but "we forget three years ago currency was where it is now".

Provender stocks more than 3,000 trees on site and is in the process of expanding its A-Z plants.

Meanwhile, Provender's Nigel Gibson has received an RHS Long Service Medal for 40 years of service to Horticulture. Awarded by Chris Lane, RHS Veitch Memorial Medal holder, he was totally unaware of what was planned for him. Alongside everyone at Provender Nurseries, Jude Lawton, the Kent Plant Heritage chairman, former Coblands managing director Tom Norris, and Sheliagh, Nigel’s wife came along to help him celebrate.


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