Suppliers report strong sales

Higher-than-expected orders for next year have prompted some growers to boost production.

Growers exhibiting at this year's GroSouth show say they are receiving higher-than-normal orders for next year despite continuing uncertainty in the economy.

Northern Liner Company general manager John Billington said: "Reserves are well up on last year. People might just be ordering earlier. It won't be until the end of January that we'll know, but it's better to be ahead."

The nursery is increasing production by eight per cent for 2012 and has strengthened its sales team with an extra member of staff.

Seiont Nurseries nursery manager Neil Alcock added: "Orders are way up and it shows that how well things are going in this industry is down to the weather rather than the economy. We've seen a 12 per cent increase this year, and we've seen 8-10 per cent increases for the past two years. Now we're hoping to keep it up there."

He added that grower-retailers were a strong sector, and that the firm was looking at exporting more stock.

New Place Nursery sales director Steven Lee added: "It has been a very good year, and now people are talking about a Christmas slow-down, but forward-booking for young plants is as high as it has ever been. We are working with customers to try to get them to commit. People are buoyant, and if the sun shines plants will sell."

KeyStat

12% - Increase in orders received by Seiont Nurseries over the past 12 months


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