Top supplier and garden centre executives to tackle industry consolidation at February's Garden Retail Summit

Newey Group chairman Alex Newey, Squires Garden Centre chairman Dennis Espley, Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper and LOFA chairman Paul Bevington are set to debate the explosion in consolidation activity in the garden industry at next month's Garden Retail Summit.

Panel member: Newey
Panel member: Newey

The not-to-be-missed, top level panel discussion is just one in a series of leading industry debates that will take place during the course of the day at the Summit which is hosted by Horticulture Week and will take place at London's Grand Conaught Rooms on 4th February.

The panel debate which will be introduced by Andy Newman of mdj2 will ask how far this burst of consolidation activity will go, and examine what the impact of consolidation on the sector's garden centres, suppliers and customers will be. Is a more competitive market for garden industry suppliers emerging? Or will consolidation drive new opportunities for both garden centres and their suppliers?

The day-long Garden Retail Summit will also feature a series of major panel discussions and presentations on:

  • 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), Alan Roper (Blue Diamond), 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 Associates), 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 taking bookings.

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