Be bold was the message from those at the helm of three independent garden centres who have seen their businesses boom after being brave and investing big in new buildings.
Greater collaboration between suppliers and retailers, with the "pain" of inflationary pressures shared between all parties, is likely to offer the best defence against the potential impact of Brexit, a panel session at the Garden Retail Summit heard.
Blue Diamond's Alan Roper, Newbridge Nurseries' Nigel Wait, Dobbies' Steve Guy and Ian Riggs from Jersey Plants Direct discussed how UK growers can exploit post-Brexit changes, at the Garden Retail Summit.
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The bright start to season augurs well as retailers are advised to focus on customer service.
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A wider range to choose from, knowledgeable staff and more landscape product are just three of the features Bunnings is bringing to its revamped pilot stores, Matthew Appleby reports.
A good human resources strategy can help to ensure that you have enough of the right staff at the right time, Neville Stein advises.
Next month's introduction of the Government apprenticeship levy could offer good value for money for horticultural businesses, Rachel Anderson discovers.
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Beautiful flowers and striking buds make these little-known evergreen shrubs well worth a try, writes Miranda Kimberley.
This florist's favourite offers interesting foliage and alluring flowers in a range of colours, writes Miranda Kimberley.
These perfect pot plants for Christmas can be brought back into flower year after year, Miranda Kimberley explains.