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Catering returns to top spot in December trade report

Catering returns to top spot in December trade report

Catering saw a significant boost during December, according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report published…
HTA announces two new appointments for 2022

HTA announces two new appointments for 2022

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is increasing its team with two new hires to the newly created roles of technical…
GCA postpones annual conference

GCA postpones annual conference

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) 56th annual conference due to take place at the end of this month has been…
GCA to welcome inclusion and diversity consultant at 2022 conference

GCA to welcome inclusion and diversity consultant at 2022 conference

Consultant, public speaker and author Linbert Spencer OBE will be presenting at the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in…
Industry reacts to government plans to phase out peat

Industry reacts to government plans to phase out peat

Plans to ban the use of peat in horticulture in England and Wales by the end of this Parliament have…
Top economist announced as a key speaker at GCA conference in 2022

Top economist announced as a key speaker at GCA conference in 2022

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has announced that leading economist Roger Martin-Fagg will be speaking at its 56th annual conference…
GIMA raises more than £19k for Greenfingers in 2021

GIMA raises more than £19k for Greenfingers in 2021

Throughout this year, GIMA has raised more than £19k for charity Greenfingers. Nearly £4k of this was raised from the…
GCA Christmas competition winners announced

GCA Christmas competition winners announced

Barton Grange Garden Centre and Castle Gardens have been announced as the national winners of the 2021 Garden Association’s (GCA)…
Booking now open for GCA Conference

Booking now open for GCA Conference

Booking has now opened for the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) annual conference in January. The conference, which will include talks,…
Two thirds continue lockdown gardening hobby

Two thirds continue lockdown gardening hobby

Two thirds of the three million people who took up hobby gardening in 2020 have been retained, according to the…
GIMA Award winners announced

GIMA Award winners announced

Last night, the garden retail industry came together to celebrate the 40th annual GIMA Awards at a black-tie event, held…
Sales of BBQ and furniture top BoT for fourth month running

Sales of BBQ and furniture top BoT for fourth month running

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) reveals furniture and BBQ sales continued to remain strong and were…
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%…
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