The programme has run in New Zealand, Australia and Ireland, and offers site-based consultancy, training and KPI monitoring that is designed to give small to medium-sized garden centres access to expertise and knowledge.
The business was established in New Zealand by Bill Brett, Joy Lamb and John Russell and has run the programme for more than 10 years.
The programme focuses on providing practical assistance to prioritise activities and initiatives to highlight those that are proven to produce the best returns, with structured back up provided by monthly KPI monitoring of all aspects of the business.
One time Garden Centre Association chairman Steve Myatt will run the programme in the UK.
MorePeople director Guy Moreton said: "There are many excellent consultants operating in the garden centre arena but by the very nature of what they are often tasked with doing, they generally offer ad hoc solutions to ad hoc ‘problems’. What attracted us to the ‘Making it Happen’ mentoring programme was that it fits with our own approach to training and development.
"It’s a ‘programme’ that offers a clear, structured approach for owner managers and their senior staff to follow and provides a mechanism for tracking results so that real progress can be monitored. It’s also a programme that’s based on a network of like minded garden retailers so offers them the opportunity to work in small groups and discuss major topics of interest and share ideas. That’s a great support network for any small business owner to have."