GCA conference 2009 - preview

The Garden Centres Association annual conference on 25-28 January at Cirencester is set to attract hundreds of garden centre owners for awards presentations, seminars, lectures and entertainment.

Food - restaurants and farm shops- is a big theme with catering 5% in 2008 in a slow market and down 1.5% overall.

The conference is titled "Poised to ride out the recession" and GCA chairman Martin Davies says:

"I strongly believe that we sit in the right sector to weather a plunge in customer confidence. We all know how our good customers love to indulgence themselves and give themselves treats as a kind of happy pill in difficult times.

"So where better to spend their income than in our expanded restaurants, new food halls, improved gift areas and our super plant departments."

Highlights:

Farm Shops - 27 January

Catering - 28 January

Awards - 27 January

Keynote speakers - 28 January


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