The Garden Centre Association has revealed details of its annual conference line up in Blackpool on 26-28 January.
On 26 January 2013, the Greenfingers Challenge will pitch garden centres against suppliers led by Guy Topping (Barton Grange) and Danny Adamson (Sinclair).
On 27 January, in a change to the usual running order, there will be an inspection round-up and Ruxley Rose and Christmas Competition results.
Speakers include Marcus Child, a motivational speaker, Dr Steve Peters, a consultant psychiatrist who will help delegates understand their ‘Inner Chimp’ and ‘Industry Networks’ Night.
On 28 January Mark Berrisford-Smith, HSBC’s head of economics will speak, followed by David Oliver, a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and an expert in multichannel retailing.
Also speaking will be Alex Hunter, an independent brand consultant and angel investor and Dave Fishwick, the man behind a new concept in banking, Burnley Savings and Loans.
The Associates Exhibition moves to a new slot, in the afternoon, enabling garden centre operators to meet suppliers and discuss products and services.