Notcutts rumoured to be in talks to buy NWF

Notcutts is believed to be in discussions to buy the NWF garden centre group.

The 13-centre East Anglia-based Notcutts business has been looking for acquisitions since it sold its nursery arm in July 2007.

The six  NWF centres, in the Midlands and North West went on the market early this year after parent company NWF Group decided they were not profitable enough.

Notcutts deputy chairman William Notcutt would not comment on the rumour, describing industry talk as speculation but added: Our approach has been clear since we sold out nursery business to John Woods.

We have looked at some centres in the same way as Wyevale, Dobbies and Blue Diamond have looked at centres and not bought them.

A source told Horticulture Week: It’s thought in the industry that Notcutts or a management buy-out will take over at NWF. Dobbies and Wyevale are out of the picture.

Former Body Shop marketing director Andy King took over as CEO in February 2008.

Notcutts closed it landscaping arm this month, with two of its three sites being taken over by their management.

NWF would not comment on ongoing negotiations.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Garden centre profile: Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester

Garden centre profile: Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester

High environmental standards, community work and support for local suppliers are all lessons for the wider garden retail industry, Matthew Appleby discovers.

How can garden centres reduce plastic use?

How can garden centres reduce plastic use?

Garden retailers are under pressure to use less plastic as the Government's new 25-year environment plan seeks to introduce a wave of measures to reduce pollution.

Will peat use be taxed or banned?

Will peat use be taxed or banned?

The Government has made strong statements on peat reduction in its new 25-year environment plan, published in January.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES 2017

See our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation
 

Read latest articles