GCA and Westland Rising Stars UK finalists announced

by | Nov 11, 2016 | News | 0 comments

After a stunning round of final presentations, the names of the 5 finalists of the UK Garden Centre Association (GCA) and Westland Rising Stars programme have been announced.

They delivered presentations which were the result of a challenge to boost autumn sales. Topics covered included growing media, autumn lawn care and bird care. Increases in sales of 40% to 70% were reported, with more than double in one case. Before and after images were included, which really brought to life what was achieved. The Rising Stars also had to carry out and report back on a short management survey which produced some fascinating results.

Daniel Holden (Barton Grange), Rupert Sleight (Squires Cobham), Kathryn Crouch (Haskins West End), Hana Parker (Monkton Elm) and John Bradley (Stewarts) have all made it through to the next year?s GCA Conference at Fairmount, St Andrews in Scotland. There they will deliver their presentations on stage, in front of colleagues and peers. The overall winner ? the 2016 Rising Star of the Year – will then be chosen by conference delegates.

The finalists are the last ones standing after an eight month programme in which candidates attended three merchandising Masterclasses run by IBBIS director and training facilitator Ian Boardman. Skills taught included the importance of keeping hotspots fresh, creating clear signage, organising themed displays and the benefits of teamwork.

Ian said: ?Over the past eight months, I?ve had the pleasure to see a group of people who have grown in confidence and self-belief, delivering some tangible and impressive sales results for their garden centres. They are all stars in their own right, but only one will go on to become the Rising Star of the Year!?

Keith Nicholson, marketing director for Westland said: ?On behalf of Westland I?d like to congratulate the five finalists. Each year the Rising Stars programme goes from strength to strength. It is this kind of investment that ensures the long term growth of our industry.?

Iain Wylie, chief executive of the GCA said: ?The Rising Stars presentations are always the highlight of the GCA conference. It?s a great way for us to celebrate the real talent and professionalism in our industry. I can?t wait to find out who will be crowned Rising Star of the Year.?

more latest news ➡

BOT shows catering performing well

Clothing and catering strong in April’s BoT figures

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) for April is out and shows clothing and catering leading the way when compared to the same month last year. There was also a positive, 3.77%, year-to-date variance, but 10 of the 13 categories recorded...

Hozelock auto reel mobile

Hozelock unveils ground-breaking automatic hose system

The demands of modern gardening have evolved as consumers search for more convenient and efficient methods for an array of tasks, from planting and pruning to garden watering. This year, Hozelock has expanded its’ extensive hose storage offering with the launch of...

Squire's achieves peat free milestone

Squire’s achieves peat free milestone

Squire’s Garden Centres has confirmed that it no longer sells any bagged compost containing peat. The UK government proposed to ban the sale of bagged compost containing peat to home gardeners in England by the end of 2024. Although the ban is not yet in force,...

Horticultural manager wanted

Opportunity for horticultural manager

A garden centre in the Ipswich area is looking for a new horticultural manager to run the plant area. The new recruit will lead and develop a small team whilst enjoying the freedom to make decisions. Garden Centre Horticultural Manager £32 – 35,000 + Package &...

2024 GIMA Awards judges announced

GIMA Awards 2024 judges announced

As the gardening season gets underway in earnest, the team at GIMA are looking ahead to November when the winners of the 2024 GIMA Awards will be announced. But first, the judges need to deliberate. Here, GIMA reveals who will be making the tough decisions this...

Boost bacK for TV advertising campaign in Spring

Boost back on TV this Spring

Boost, the All-Purpose Liquid Plant Feed from Westland Horticulture, is back on TV this April in the UK and ROI, driving awareness and preference ahead of the peak season. Following the success of Boost, which is the fastest growing* plant food on the market,...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word


Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This