British Garden Centres acquires Hillview Garden Centre group

by | Dec 20, 2019 | News | 0 comments

British Garden Centres

British Garden Centres have purchased Hillview Garden Centres from The Hillview Group.

 
The transaction included both the operational business and portfolio of eight garden centres.
 
This latest acquisition brings the total number of British Garden Centres to 57. It makes them the second largest garden centre group in the UK.
 
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British Garden Centres have undergone an impressive expansion programme. They’ve grown from 10 centres in 2018, acquiring 39 ex-Wyevale sites over the past few months.
They’ve now added Hillview centres at Charlbury, Heanor, Studley, Matlock, Charlecote, Bromsgrove, Tenbury Wells and Newton Regis.
 
Director Phillipa Stubbs said “The most exciting part of this acquisition is the fit.
 
“This group of centres help with our geographical expansion. The culture of the Hillview team also slots so well into our philosophy.”
 
“We’ve all seen how hard it can be to make a large corporate model successful in the garden centre business. That’s why our philosophy is so different.
 
“We’re focusing on bringing all the benefits of a larger organisation whilst retaining the strengths of a family run business.
 
“Our individual centre teams all have their own local personality. They have close relationships with loyal customers. My job is to support them in doing what’s right in their own centres.
 
“The great news for these latest eight centres is that they can now enjoy the financial support and working capital. This will allow them to grow the business.”

Boyd Douglas-Davies joins British Garden Centres

Boyd Douglas-Davies has run Hillview Garden Centres for the past 8 years. He will be taking up a senior role at British Garden Centres with immediate effect.
 
He added “I’m so pleased to see HGC settling into its new home. All the staff have transferred across so the experience and team spirit is intact! There’s so many opportunities ahead of us now.”
 
Nadav Livni, Managing Director of The Hillview Group said “I’m proud of what our team has achieved over eight years.
 
“We established Hillview Garden Centres as a new owner-operator in this sector. Through acquisitions, we created a portfolio of sites as retail and leisure destinations.
 
“I am delighted that British Garden Centres will continue with this next Chapter. I’m confident of their successful integration to create the leading independent operator in the UK.”
The eight centres have been trading under the British Garden Centre umbrella since late-September.
 
The approach has already paid dividends. The centres reporting strong sales up on the same period last year.

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