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Consumers grow cautious as inflation rates rise

Consumers grow cautious as inflation rates rise

Garden centre sales have begun to level out after the gardening boom of 2020 but remain high when compared to 2019, according to…
Small adjustments to Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme would bring huge benefits to UK horticulture businesses, says HTA

Small adjustments to Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme would bring huge benefits to UK horticulture businesses, says HTA

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has called for an extension to the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme (SWP) to include plant and tree growers to support the industry in…
BRC launches retailers’ guide to help consumers become net zero

BRC launches retailers’ guide to help consumers become net zero

The retail industry – including product supply chains – is one of the largest contributors to UK greenhouse gas (GHG)…
HTA’s grower committee calls for action on labour shortages and post-Brexit trade controls

HTA’s grower committee calls for action on labour shortages and post-Brexit trade controls

The Seasonal Workers Pilot should be extended in the short term to the ornamental sector to help with seasonal labour…
GIMA Awards a sellout

GIMA Awards a sellout

The GIMA Awards, taking place on 11 November at Celtic Manor Resort, are officially sold out. Manufacturers and suppliers from…
Demand for garden furniture and BBQs continues into August

Demand for garden furniture and BBQs continues into August

Furniture and BBQ sales continue to dominate the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT). They were up by…
“Size and Scope” of HGV driver visa scheme must be extended, says BRC

“Size and Scope” of HGV driver visa scheme must be extended, says BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) suggests the government’s latest HGV driver scheme doesn’t go far enough. Over the weekend, it…
Pot-mate™ scoops the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

Pot-mate™ scoops the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

The winner of this year’s GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund, now in its seventh year, is Pot-mate™. Made from 100%…
HTA report suggests consumers will begin planning for Christmas in September

HTA report suggests consumers will begin planning for Christmas in September

The Horticultural Trades Association’s latest Market Update suggests that Christmas will be coming early this year for consumers. The report indicates that 14% of 45–64-year-olds will…
Businesses call on MPs to take urgent action on card payments

Businesses call on MPs to take urgent action on card payments

A group of trade bodies representing tens of thousands of businesses across the retail and hospitality sectors are appealing for…
GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists

GCA announces Ruxley Rose finalists

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced the finalists for its annual Ruxley Rose competition. Twenty centres all received top…
BBQs and furniture top GCA’s trade report again

BBQs and furniture top GCA’s trade report again

Gardeners keen to make the most of their outdoor spaces in July (2021) helped boost furniture and BBQ sales, according…
GCA GROW releases new ‘Poisonous Plants’ module for members

GCA GROW releases new ‘Poisonous Plants’ module for members

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has introduced a new module on identifying hazardous plants through its Garden Retail Online Workshops…
GCA announces regional award meetings

GCA announces regional award meetings

The nation’s Garden Centre Association (GCA) members will find out who has come out on top in its annual inspections…
Entries sought for GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

Entries sought for GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

GIMA is encouraging new businesses and innovators to consider entering the 2021 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund. This year’s winner…
Value of horticultural exports drops post-Brexit

Value of horticultural exports drops post-Brexit

Increased costs and restrictions on the UK horticulture industry to export to the EU have seen a marked drop in the value of trade in the…
Summer sees furniture and BBQ sales hot up, says GCA

Summer sees furniture and BBQ sales hot up, says GCA

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has recently released its Barometer of Trade (BoT) for June (2021) revealing furniture and BBQ…
GIMA supporting members through forthcoming changes in packaging legislation

GIMA supporting members through forthcoming changes in packaging legislation

A recent survey of GIMA has members revealed the challenges faced by companies preparing for new packaging legislation over the…
HTA reiterates the call to ‘Let Britain Grow’

HTA reiterates the call to ‘Let Britain Grow’

Following Lord Frost’s announcement today that the UK will be maintaining a “standstill period” for current grace periods for goods traded in Northern…
GCA finds farm shops and houseplants still key to garden centre sales

GCA finds farm shops and houseplants still key to garden centre sales

Farm shops and houseplant sales dominated at garden centres this May (2021) according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) recent…
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