Retail nurseries will be the delegates at the inaugural conference held by the British Plant Nursery Guide.
The Kick Start Conference at The Great Tythe Barn, Tetbury, Nr Cirencester, Gloucestershire is on February 13.
The theme of the conference is "Making Your Nursery More Profitable" and covers a range of topics including a marketing master class, online and mail-order plant sales, land utilisation information, creating an evergreen business cashflow advice, how to maximise PR opportunities
and how to improve staff health and reduce absenteeism.
Special Plants owner Derry Watkins said " This is just what little nurseries need, and a great chance to meet up and network with each other, I think it’s a great idea."
The guest speaker and MC is Matthew Biggs, who said "The Kick Start conference is innovative and exciting and the perfect opportunity to network and exchange ideas to boost small nurseries. I’m certain that everyone will benefit and am thrilled to be involved - it’s certainly an event not to be missed."
The idea of the conference came about as the organiser Gilly Pollock, and founder of the British Plant Nursery Guide, travels all over Britain visiting nurseries and said:
"I see so many good business ideas as I travel around the country I just felt other nurseries could benefit from them and perhaps try something new to get their nursery really buzzing with customers and becoming a centre of their community - helping them improve their profits."
With her corporate background she has an extensive network of business and media contacts so she knew just the right people to call on for the first Kick Start Conference.
The event is open to non-members and members of the British Plant Nursery Guide.
British Plant Nursery Guide members are invited to a exclusive private tour of Highgrove Gardens on 12 February and dinner at restaurant The Potting Shed.
Delegates can stay at the conference venue.
Catherine Dawson from Melcourt will speak and a tour of nearby Melcourt site and compost production facility is included in the event.
Another speaker is Tamsin Westhorpe, editor at large of The English Garden Magazine.