Garden centre members of the Choice Marketing group have been told they are in for a record breaking annual rebate cheque from suppliers at the end of this season.
Addressing members at its recent annual general meeting, Sam Bosworth, who was re-elected as chairman of Choice Marketing for a further 12 months, said that despite a slow start to the season, group turnover had increased by around eight per cent year on year.
The 34 member centres reported that Christmas had got off to a promising start with most achieving sales increases of between 19 per cent and 73 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Several centres have co-operated on container deals from the Far East.
A new addition to the board is Mark Winchester of Blackbrooks Garden Centre at Hastings.
Choice Marketing has had a freeze on new membership for the last 12 months but is now in a position to consider applications from like minded garden centres.
Members are as follows:
- Abercorn Plant & Garden Centre, Chelmsford,
- Berwick Garden Centre, Berwick upon Tweed,
- Birkacre Nurseries, Chorley,
- Blackbrooks Garden Centre, Hastings,
- Bosworths Nurseries & Garden Centre, Burton Latimer,
- Bourne Valley Garden Centre, Weybridge,
- Bradley Fold Garden Centre, Bolton,
- Bybrook Barn Garden Centre, Ashford,
- Busy Bee Garden Centre, Ryde,
- Camden Garden Centre, London,
- Caulders Garden Centre, Kirkintilloch,
- Ducks Hill Garden Centre, Ruislip,
- Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne & Macclesfield,
- Fairweathers Plant & Garden Centre, Beaulieu,
- Fakenham Garden Centre, Fakenham,
- Fletchers Garden Centre, Eccleshall,
- Fosters Garden Centre, Rotherham,
- Garden Pride Garden Centre, Hassocks,
- Garden Wise, Dumfries,
- Glendoick Garden Centre, Perth,
- Goulds Garden Centre, Weymouth,
- Hearts Delight Garden Centre, Manningtree,
- Johnsons of Boston, Boston,
- Raemoir Garden Centre, Banchory,
- Rosebank Garden Centre, Carluke,
- St. Peters Garden Centre, Norton,
- Summerseat Garden Centre, Bury,
- Sussex Country Gardener, Mark Cross,
- Torwood Garden Centre, Larbert
- Vanstone Park Garden Centre & Nursery, Hertfordshire.