Secrets of successful garden retailing revealed at Glee

Leading trade publication Garden Retail is bringing together a panel of experts at Glee for a special seminar entitled 'Secrets of Success of the Top 100 Garden Centres'.

The seminar takes place on 21 September at 9:30am. The hour-long session will focus on some of the results of Garden Retail's 12-page report on Britain's Top 100 Garden Centres.

The event will feature a panel discussion with some of the garden centre industry's leading figures. 

Hosted by Garden Retail's editor, Matthew Appleby, the panellists confirmed include Carol Paris, operations director at Garden & Leisure; Boyd Douglas-Davies, MD of Webbs; Caroline Owen, MD of Scotsdale Garden Centre and Chair of the HTA Retail Committee; plus international garden centre consultant, John Stanley.

Offering interest and inspiration for retailers across the industry, the panel will discuss their views on how the top 100 Garden Centres have achieved success, the lessons that can be learned from their approaches to doing business, and ideas on how they can continue developing in the future. 

Questions will also be welcomed from the floor, providing an ideal opportunity for garden centre owners and teams to seek answers to some of their most burning questions.  There will also be useful factsheet, entitled ‘The Secrets of Success - 20 Top Tips" for all attendees to take away and use as inspiration within their own garden centres.

Matthew Appleby said: "Our Top 100 Garden Centres report took months of research and gives garden centre owners insight into how their competitors are performing.  Now we want to build on that with our Glee seminar by discussing secrets of success, motivational tips and best practice advice.  We will also examine why garden centres have bucked the depressing High Street retail downturn, and address issues that are on the horizon.  With so many leading figures taking part it promises to be a very lively, topical and insightful discussion." 

Daniel Thurlow, Glee show director added: "We're extremely pleased that Garden Retail will be holding this seminar at Glee, where so many people will be able to benefit from the discussion.  Glee is the key place where garden centres, as well as other UK and international garden and leisure buyers, gather to do business, find inspiration and seek expert advice each year.  The Garden Retail event will add a valuable extra dimension to this; arming visitors with some first-hand advice from some of the industry's most respected and successful figures.  I really look forward to seeing who makes the Top 100 list and also to hearing some of the lively debate that the event is likely to generate!

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