Redfields creator to provide inspirational start to next month's HW-hosted Garden Retail Summit

Next month's Garden Retail Summit is set for an inspirational start with Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper who will tell the story of the development of Redfields Home of Garden & Living.

Alan Roper, Blue Diamond  Image HW
Alan Roper, Blue Diamond Image HW

Roper is a visionary in the contemporary garden industry where he has challenged and reinvented what is expected from a garden centre without losing the horticulture that sets the industry apart from the rest of retail.

With the redevelopment of Redfields he has taken that vision to another level, creating not just one of the finest examples of garden retail in the UK, but one of the finest examples of retail.

The day-long Garden Retail Summit which takes place on 4th February at London's Grand Connaught Rooms offering delegates a mix of inspiration, insight and networking, will also feature a series of major panel discussions and presentations on:

  • The explosion of consolidation among garden centres and their suppliers
  • The impact of a volatile euro on the garden plant and product supply chains
  • Managing the National Living Wage
  • How to grow the gardening audience.
  • The growing trend for "little and often" plant supply
  • Engaging new gardening audiences
  • Key policy and political game changers

The speaker line-up includes: Boyd Douglas Davis (HillView), Tim Clapp (B&Q), Andy Bunker (Tillington Group), Dennis Espley (Squire's) Paul Bevington (Lofa), Geoff Caesar (Bransford Webb Plants Company), Matt Graham (The Plant Yard), Mark Glover (Bellenden Public Affairs), Neville Stein (Ovation), Jane Lawler (Lawler As sociates), Andy Newman (mdj2), Vicky Nuttall (GIMA), Andrew Saunders) Management Today, Tim Briercliffe (AIPH). Horticulture Week's Kate Lowe and Matthew Appleby will join Saunders, Newman and Stein as panel facilitators.

For full details and to book tickets to the Garden Retail Summit go to or email event manager Sarah Fournier at The Summit will be followed in the evening at the same venue by the Garden Retail Awards which is also still taking bookings.

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Pots and containers

Pots and containers

Superior propagation products can justify extra expenditure by providing precise cell fill, optimum root development and healthy plugs, writes Sally Drury.

Business Planning - Inflationary pressures

Business Planning - Inflationary pressures

How can horticulture businesses respond to Brexit-fuelled inflation? Neville Stein outlines the options.

Garden centre profile: Mappleborough Green Garden Centre

Garden centre profile: Mappleborough Green Garden Centre

Phase two of the redevelopment of the former Badger Nurseries has delivered rapid and impressive results, Matthew Appleby discovers.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs

Garden retail Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. NEW: 2016 listing just published

Garden Centre Prices

GARDEN CENTRE PRICES w/e 21 September 2016
GARDEN CENTRE PRICES w/e 24 August 2016

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here