Appointments help Pleydell to focus on garden centre builds

Garden centre design and business consultancy Pleydell Smithyman has appointed three new directors to free Paul Pleydell to work more hands on with garden centre projects.

Nathaniel Healy is now management consultant director, Andrew Hughes is project delivery director and Derek Barrett is IT systems director.

Pleydell is working on Coolings Garden Centre rebuild in Kent and Forbes' new garden centre near Aberdeen.

Pleydell said Coolings was on track to open before Mother's Day (22 March). Forbes is on site.

Pleydell said of the personnel moves:

"The main thing as a business is to continue to grow. We've made the moves to have room to do things properly and to promote people who want to play a greater part of the business success. It gives me room to continue to focus on client projects.

Pleydell Smithyman is also masterplanning a 10ha mixed-use commercial site with a garden centre in a secret location and working with Newbridge Nurseries on strategy.

"Good people are still looking to develop projects. My new year resolution is for everyone to look after everyone else in the industry," Pleydell said.


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