Welcome to the August issue round-up of Garden Centre Retail
News Centre: A round-up of news from the industry
News Extra: Garden Centre Retail took a trip to the SOLEX at the NEC in Birmingham
Association News: The Garden Centre Association and Horticultural Trades Association share more of their thoughts on what’s going on this year.
Business Tips: Ian Boardman talks about the value of business appraisals, Liz Dobbs on the merits of rose certification, and Edwin Meijer on how a little help from Google can go a long way.
Opinions: Jane Perrone talks about how garden centres can target the niche of camping, and Kevin Waters shares his thoughts on sending plants to the moon!
View From The Top: Matthew Bent talks to us about Bents Garden & Home, and the lengths they go to in order to ensure they are a top quality garden centre.
Store Design: Paul Pleydell looks at how a structured approach to corporate identity can help you create memorable retail spaces.
Plant Focus: Lucy Summers, garden designer and plant lover, explains the magic of architectural plants and selling them to your customers.
Catering: Carl Hadfield, Group Catering Manager at Haskins, talks about the best ways to maximise the use of your catering space.
Catering Q&A: We ask five different garden centres a series of questions about their produce, and how they can best offer it to their customers
Show Preview: We take a look at some of the key exhibitors appearing at Four Oaks and GLEE this September, that you should make sure you go and see.
Product Lines: A selection of product news, as well as a look at the latest products in the wellington boots and interior displays markets.
Trading with: This month, Garden Centre Retail speaks to Duncan Ross, Garden Centre Sales Director at Gardman, who talks about the vast array of products they have to offer.
Jobs: A collection of vacancies from across the garden retail industry.
Staff Room: A selection of little interviews, a calendar of “what’s on” and Alex’s corner all feature in our Staff Room section.