Top 100 tracks confident sector

For the past few years, our exclusive listing of the top 100 UK garden centres by turnover has tracked some significant changes in the garden industry.

From the march of the corporates, which saw Tesco-owned Dobbies jump from taking 12 to 19 places in the 2013 listing and Wyevale Garden Centres leap from 10 to 14, to the standout performance of the independents in the 2014 list as they proved fleeter of foot in response to better business conditions, the Top 100 always has a story to tell.

This year, that story is one of steady improvement and growing confidence for the majority of players as the 2015 listing tracks the turnover performance of centres throughout 2014 and early 2015 - a period that has enjoyed better weather and gradually improving economic conditions for the gardening sector.

Those two key factors have helped the top 10 performers in the 2015 Top 100 listing to a 10 per cent average increase in turnover, while across all 100 centres included in the listing the average turnover is up by between six and seven per cent.

This year we will also begin to track the performance of key non-physical outlets too, as the internet becomes an increasingly important part of the garden market. In an interview with Hayes Garden World (number 10 in today's list) to be published in an upcoming edition of HW, digital media manager Lyndan Orvis tells us that online sales could have the same impact on turnover as an investment in an additional garden centre.

See the full Top 100 garden centres 2015, to find an in-depth view of their performance.

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