The Garden Centre Association adds Hemingway to conference speaker list

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) is finalising plans for its annual conference ithis month after adding Wayne Hemingway to the line-up.

The event at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park from January 27 until 29 will include return visits from motivational speaker Michael Heppell and entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway.

GCA chairman Peter Burks said: "I think most of us would agree that 2012 has been a tough year for the industry, so I think we should try to look to the start of the new gardening year with optimism and use what we have learnt to help us in the year ahead.

"I believe this makes our annual conference more important than ever, it gives members an opportunity to discuss any lessons learnt and is a chance for all our members to get together and support each other.

"Michael, who is back by popular demand, will be speaking again on January 28 and is sure to motivate all attendees for the year ahead. At our previous conference he was a real hit and he truly lived up to his reputation of being one of the top professional speakers in the world.  

"We are also very pleased to be welcoming Wayne Hemingway back. The successful businessman will be visiting some of our member garden centres in the run up to the conference so he can offer his own unique insight into the industry during his talk."

Wayne Hemingway began his career in fashion when he launched Red or Dead, which started out as a market stall in Camden. The label went on to receive global acclaim for its clothing, footwear and accessory collections.

Burks added: "As always we look forward to the presentation on January 28 by our four inspectors, Ian Boardman, Andy Campbell, Roger Crookes and Liz Hutson. This will include an in-depth look at the garden centres performances during the past year.

The conference will also hear from Kevin Waters and John Connel from the Garden Works.

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