Welcome to the June issue round-up of Garden Centre Retail
News Centre: A round-up of news from the industry
News Extra: Newspan and Goater Jones talk about the Blue Diamond development at Redfields
Association News: The Garden Centre Association and Horticultural Trades Association share more of their thoughts on what they have planned for 2014.
Business Tips: Guy Moreton discusses the interview process, David Standing asks whether your staff and customers are happy and our new contributor Ian Boardman tells us that it’s all about standards in the GCA annual inspections.
Opinions: Jane Perrone talks about the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, our second new contributor Karen Kidd shares her thoughts on keeping the passion alive when running a garden centre, and Kevin Waters reveals that the industry should keep bringing elements of interest and entertainment to retail.
View From The Top: Carol Paris, CEO of The HTA talks to Garden Centre Retail about how she became involved in garden retail and tells us all about the beneficial things she thinks associations can do for the industry
Store Design: Paul Pleydell, in the fourth instalment of his series, tells us how one can create a decent fit out to sculpt that great retail experience for the customer.
Plant Focus: Lucy Summers, garden designer and plant lover, takes centre stage as she introduces a selection of plants as the stars of the show.
EPoS: Davidson Richards, one of the main EPoS suppliers in the UK, share their professional advice on how EPoS systems can transform your profitability.
HTA National Plant Show: At the end of this month, the HTA?s National Plant Show will be in full swing, and we share with you some key information on what to expect at the prestigious event this year.
SOLEX Preview: SOLEX is also an important industry event, and Show Organiser Phil Gibbs explains why you should make sure you attend this year.
Catering Q&A: We ask five different garden centres a series of questions about their catering facilities and what they have to offer.
Product Lines: A selection of product news and latest product features that look at giftware, garden tools and decorative aggregates. Antony Harker of Keylay answers our questions in this month’s Trading With feature.
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 blog all feature in our Staff Room section.