Plant company starts major expansion to plug market gaps

A UK young plant grower is undergoing extensive expansion to exploit opportunities it sees for 2010.

The weakening of the pound against the euro and a buoyant 2009 have led Hedgehog Plants to increase its production area by almost one-third and hire a new nursery manager.

In January, owner Chris Holmes will be joined by nurseryman Paul Dyer to oversee the expansion, which will see the firm increase from 6,700sq m to 9,400sq m.

Holmes remarked: "The weakness of the pound means there are opportunities out there and we need more space to be able to meet them. We are very happy with the way that things have gone this year and I think that there will be opportunities around next year. In horticulture you have to implement these things early to make the most of them."

Holmes has run the firm for 19 years, with the help of five propagating staff plus agency workers during busy periods. He said the company had moved from having a lot of free-stock production to bespoke growing and the new space would continue this trend.

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