Amenity group plots trade link

Amenity suppliers are planning to develop greater trading links with each other in an attempt to strengthen the UK market against imports.

Members of the HTA's Amenity Suppliers Group have mooted the concept of a website that would inform nurseries where stock is available around the UK, group chairman and Boningale Nurseries managing director Tim Edwards told HW.

"We would like to see increased trade between UK nurseries," he explained. "That will come through increased awareness of what each of us grows and a commitment to trying to do more trade."

He added: "We have already started to communicate availability lists between ourselves and looked at whether there's anything more formal we can do, such as setting up a website."

Representatives from nurseries including Coles, Johnsons of Whixley, Crowders, Palmstead and Wyevale met for the suppliers group on 30 September.

Coles Nurseries representative Lynn Hunter said: "It makes sense to have a group strategy from the UK against the world."

She added: "It opens the door for more frank discussions - we are all competitors, customers and suppliers. It is about being more open and helpful and the plan is to take that forward."

A steering group meeting held in January will assess whether there has been an increase in UK trading, Edwards added.

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