Greenfingers hopes for trolley fair success

Greenfingers cash and carry expects record sales for its anniversary trolley fair after snow wreaked havoc at last month's event.

Managing director Alan Beaumont reported visitor numbers were down by one-third for the 17-18 February fair, due to heavy snowfall experienced across the country.

He said: "We are expecting a big event next time (17-18 March) because we are seeing the weather improving dramatically and the timing means customers will get their plants one week before Easter."

Beaumont extended thanks to all those who braved the weather to attend the February event, saying some customers had faced up to six hour delays because of the snow and he was "staggered to get as many as we did".

The company is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, and 10th year as a cash and carry.

Starting life as a perennial and alpine plant grower, Greenfingers evolved radically over the years growing a variety of plant material from herbaceous to cut flower.

According to Beaumont the cash and carry is now the core of the business and he predicts a strong future. "Cash and carries are still in their infancy and I see a considerable development over the next five to 10 years as they become more professional and more money goes in. I think groups will emerge, as will strong local centres so there is still a way to go."


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