Tillington garden centre group aim to raise profile

The Tillington Group of 11 independent garden centre companies has started a publicity drive to raise its profile.

The group, with a combined turnover around £200 million, 3,000 staff and 36 centres between them, said:

"As a strong buying group with some of the best negotiators in the business Tillington centres offer suppliers a great opportunity to make their products available across a wide geographical area to a vast number of potential customers.

Tillington members are also already cooperating on marketing and staff training initiatives."

Examples of member initiatives include:

  • Whitehall - has devoted 600sqm to a garden furniture and Christmas showroom
  • Hayes - a new development at Hayes is well advanced
  • Ruxley Manor and Bents are both preparing to start significant developments
  • Squire's has rebuilt its Shepperton branch, and invested £1.2 million on catering at Badshot Lea and added three Shoots centres to their group
  • Otter Nurseries purchased Wincanton garden centre

Caroline Owen of Scotsdales is immediate past president of the HTA and Squire's MD Dennis Espley is Garden Centre Association (GCA) chairman.

Bents won the GCA Best Garden Centre in the UK award.

Past and present Garden Retail award winners include Scotsdale, Webbs and Whitehall.

Group members are:

North West: Bents Garden Centre and Hayes Garden World
Midlands: Webbs Garden Centres
East Anglia: Scotsdale Garden Centre
South East: Alton Garden Centre, Frosts Garden Centres, Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Squire’s Garden Centres, The Van Hage Garden Company
South West: Otter Nurseries Garden Centres, Whitehall Garden Centres

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