Updated list - Top 50 garden retail buyers

Horticulture Week's Garden Retail Top Buyers list, now in its second year, is based on the Garden Retail Top 100, a feature that has run annually for seven years, identifying top-turnover garden centres by site in the UK. This year's update was published in HW, 27 May.

Wyevale: biggest garden centre chain with 151 outlets
Wyevale: biggest garden centre chain with 151 outlets

With input from industry figures we have identified 50 of the leading buyers - with an emphasis on core gardening and plants - at the top centres and buying groups. The list mixes financial buying power and influence on buying trends.

The biggest chains are Wyevale, with a £311m turnover, and Dobbies, which turns over £153m. Their buyers are prominent in this list. Consolidation means several other chains are growing, with 11 now owning 10 or more centres.


Rank Name No of centres  Turnover 
 1 Wyevale Garden Centres 151  £311m 
 2 Dobbies  35  £153m 
 3 Klondyke  24  £48m 
 4 Blue Diamond  18  £85m 
 5 Notcutts 18  £67m 
 6 Squire's  15  £44m 
 7 Hillier  12  £20m 
 8 British Garden Centres  10  £24m 
=9 Cherry Lane 10 n/a 
=9 Hillview  10  c£13m
=9 Home & Garden  10  c£10m


Outside the mainstream stand-alone garden centres, gardening buyers change frequently. But at the big DIY stores, Tim Clapp (B&Q) and Martyn Hill and Sarah Coldrake (Homebase) are established in their roles, while at Wyevale, Paul Emslie, formerly of Homebase, replaced Dan Zinner as trading director earlier this year. When David Yardley takes over as chief of Klondyke from Bob Hewitt, Allan Wilson's head buyer role will be more prominent.

Rank  Name Job 
1 Tim Clapp B&Q head of range, horticulture and Garden Care, Kingfisher
2 Paul Emslie  Trading and marketing director, Wyevale Garden Centres
3 Martyn Hill  Horticulture buyer, Homebase
4 Steve Guy  Buying and merchandising director, Dobbies
5 David Yardley Head of buying, Klondyke 
6 Darran Oakley Head of buying, Squire's, and Tillington Group negotiator
7 Conna Powles Buying director, Haskins
8 Andrew West  Head of buying, Hillier
9 Emma Coupe  Horticulture buying manager, Waitrose 
10 Caroline Linger  Head of buying (garden and horticulture), Wyevale Garden 
11 Stuart Whalley  Head of buying (gardening), Blue Diamond 
12 Stuart Heritage  Head of buying, Wyevale Garden Centres 
13 Nigel Press  Senior garden centre buyer, B&M 
14 Lloyd Taylor  Head of gardening, Wilko 
15 Jodie Glew  Buying director, seasonal and gardening, Wilko 
16 Judith Harris  Buying and merchandising director, Dobbies 
17 Jim Nuttall  Commercial manager, plants, Blue Diamond 
18 Nigel Long Managing director, Longacres 
19 Susan Moore  Christmas, indoor and outdoor living, Dobbies 
20 David Mitchell  Plant buyer, Wyevale Garden Centres 
21 Mark Sage  Bedding plants category manager, Wyevale Garden Centres 
22 Allan Wilson  Garden sundries buyer, Klondyke 
23 Jo Cooke  Outdoor plants, houseplants and pets buyer, Klondyke 
24 Michelle de Lavis Trafford  Buyer, Choice Marketing 
25 Jason Stafford  Buyer, Future Marketing, and All-in-One Garden Centre finance director 
26 Colin Dale  Outdoor plant buyer, Notcutts 
27 Russell Winteridge  General manager, Barton Grange 
28 Andy Bunker  Director, Alton Garden Centre, and Tillington Group plants negotiator 
29 Keith Laird  Managing director, Hayes Garden World, and Tillington Group outdoor living buyer
30 Alan Docherty  Senior gardening buyer, Webbs, and Tillington Group buyer 
31 Peter Newson Plants buyer, Frosts 
32 Phillippa Stubbs  Director, British Garden Centres
33 Marcus Eyles  Group purchasing manager, Hillview 
34 Andy Schofield  Commercial trading manager, Home & Garden 
35 Peter Self  Managing director and horticulture and food buyer, Whitehall 
36 Alison Novell  Head of buying (with Scott McCabe), Polhill 
37 Malcolm Berry  Buyer, Wisley Plant Centre
38 David Gillespie  Buyer, Homebase
39 Nathan Dodd  Buyer, gardensite.co.uk 
40 Heidi Towse  Buyer, Frosts 
41 Peter McDermott  Managing director, YouGarden 
42 Julie Aylett  Director, Aylett Nurseries 
43 Dave Bartle  Outdoor living buyer, Asda 
44 Emma Kelly Buying and ecommerce operations manager, Bents 
45 Steve Puddefoot  Director of operations, Burston Garden Centre 
46 Gary Carvosso  Managing director, Coolings 
47 John Forbes  Buyer, Dobbies 
48 Gez Smith Seniot buyer, JTF
49 Drew Kirk  Category director, Morrisons 
50 Mike Ryan Operations manager, Cherry Lane Garden Centre 

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