Welcome to the September issue round-up of Garden Centre Retail
News Centre: A round-up of news from the industry
News Extra: A Review of the International Garden Centre Congress 2013, which took delegates to Ireland.
Future Lines: A brand new event for the garden retail industry, coming to you in spring 2015.
Association News: The Garden Centre Association and Horticultural Trades Association share more of their thoughts on what’s going on this year.
Business Tips: Simon Quinton Smith helps out with cash flow issues, John McFarland explains the benefits of homemade, Keith Bateman explains the importance of maximising your EPoS investment through training, and David Standing informs on making the most out of your space.
Opinions: Kevin Waters talks about the need for trade shows, Jane Perrone shares her thoughts on pet products, and Karen Kidd discusses her experience of customer loyalty.
View From The Top: Alan Roper of Blue Diamond talks to us about the successful garden centre group and shares his thoughts on the industry as a whole, and where he sees Blue Diamond going in the future.
Store Design: Paul Pleydell looks at how to make your centres even better by understanding the bigger picture.
Plant Focus: Lucy Summers, garden designer and plant lover, explores the wonders of foliage plants and how to sell them.
Online Presence: Ian Phillips of Let’s Go Planting explains how successful he has been by venturing online, and how you as a business can benefit from the world wide web.
Concessions Head to Head: Graham Pugh of Pugh’s Garden Centres and Guy Topping of Barton Grange battle it out to decide whether concessions are a yes or a no.
Concessions Q&A: Following the head to head, we ask a series of garden centres whether or not they use concessions in their centres, and what the reasons behind their decision may be.
GLEE Preview: We take a sneak peek at what you can see at 2014’s show at the NEC in Birmingham, including who’s exhibiting and who’s speaking.
Product Lines: A selection of product news, a product category review from Geoff Hodge, and a look at the latest products in the garden tools market and the barbecues market.
Trading with: This month, Garden Centre Retail speaks to Gary Philpotts of Monsanto, and Roundup weed killer. He tells us all about the success of the brand, and the new heights he’s taking it to for 2015.
Recruitment & Careers: In our brand new section, we feature articles from Martin Gibbons on staff psychology, the GROW e-learning system from the GCA, Dennis Reid talking about continual retail training, Peter Hunt from MorePeople discussing people as assets, and Penny Evans’ explanation of how the HTA can help with recruitment and careers.
Recruitment & Careers: Emma Farley, HR Manager for Haskins Garden Centres talks to us about how they recruit and what their staff means to the company.
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.