Wyevale development boss to revamp plant offering

New manager plans to improve leading garden retailer's plant offer.

New Wyevale Garden Centres horticulture development manager Adam Dunnett plans to revamp the chain’s plant offering when he takes up his new role next week. The Blooms plant buyer’s new role came up after Wyevale bought Blooms in March. Wyevale said it was “keen to take as many Blooms staff” as it could. Former Bransford Webbs buyer Dunnett said his new job would be “significantly different to my current role”. He added: “I won’t be involved in buying directly but will be helping Wyevale on the plant side of the business, trying to recruit the right plant people for the centres. I’m going to make sure training is improved internally with Wyevale on the plant side and work with regional managers to look for best practice and help centres that are not performing as well as others.” Dunnett said he was in tune with the smaller grower: “My experience with independents and small chains should bode well and prove useful for Wyevale.” Following HW, 14 June reporting that Wyevale is asking for a 1.5 per cent cash refund from growers, Dunnett said: “I won’t be dealing with that. It’s down to the buyers and I’m more on the operational side of the business.” He said the integration of Blooms with Wyevale was going “surprisingly smoothly” despite former Blooms director Jon Kitching leaving the company this month citing family reasons. Dunnett said: “He will be a huge loss and his experience would have proved invaluable with the smaller centres.”

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