HTA unveils new speakers

The HTA has announced the latest speakers at its Garden Futures Conference.

Will Butler-Adams, chief executive?of Brompton Bicycle, above left, and Ronald van Veen, chairman of the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers (EFSA), above right, have been unveiled as the latest speakers to join the event’s programme.

The conference and dinner take place on Wednesday September 30 at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire. The theme for this year?s conference, sponsored by Hozelock and Scotts Miracle-Gro, is ?Embracing Change?.

The event brings together key players in the garden industry to consider cutting-edge practices and ideas from business leaders and experts. Alongside hard-hitting, business-focused content, the conference and dinner provide an opportunity for networking with leading figures in the business.

Butler-Adams is an entrepreneur and keynote speaker who, along with founder and inventor Andrew Richie, has taken Brompton Bicycle from a cottage industry to a rapidly growing international brand. Brompton Bicycle sells more than 40,000 folding bikes a year from its UK factory.

Van Veen will provide information on upcoming trends and explain how his own company, Edelman,?benefits from the trend forecasts and other initiatives that EFSA launches for its members.

Other conference speakers include:

  • Simon Jack, business and economics presenter for Radio 4?s Today programme
  • Dennis Reid, of Retail Performance Specialists
  • Echo Lu, managing director of Homebase
  • David Domoney, TV gardener
  • Chris Collins, broadcaster,?landscaper and former Blue Peter gardener
  • Simon Davies, group marketing director of Hozelock Barry Page and Town & Country CEO.

The dinner will include the presentation of the HTA Pearson Medal, an update on Greenfingers and Garden Re-Leaf Day and The GTN Greatest Garden Centre Team Awards.

This year?s after-dinner speaker is former BBC senior weatherman Bill Giles, who will provide an insightful and entertaining look at the subject that everyone, especially those in the garden industry, likes to talk about ? the weather!

Heythrop Park is set in 400 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, with a purpose-built auditorium and ballroom.

The Early Bird Rate for the event ends on Friday August 28.

To book your place and view the full programme, visit

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