The organisers of the inaugural Garden Centre Expo have announced a new batch of speakers and exhibitors for the garden retail trade exhibition, taking place at London ExCeL on 15-16 October 2024.
With a focus on business growth through effective product selection, sustainability, technology and innovation, Garden Centre Expo is a new concept for the garden retail sector.
One of the key points of the exhibition is the cutting-edge seminar programme, taking place across three seminar rooms. Announced as speakers are Blue Diamond CEO Alan Roper, GCA Chief Executive Peter Burks and one of the industry’s favourites, Edwin Meijer of Green Solutions.
Alongside those, Yorkshire Garden Centres MD Mark Farnsworth will be sharing his expertise in sustainability, Ben Woodward and Felicity Mitchell of MorePeople talk recruitment, Paul Pleydell and Andrew Burton of Pleydell Smithyman will be setting out an understanding of what’s good in the sector and Ian Hazon of Coolings will share his company’s view on customer experience.
Hannah Powell, HR and communications director of Perrywood Garden Centres will talk about the wellbeing of staff, Jennifer O’Carroll of Hansaworld and David Dalton of All Tag will give insights into the technologies available for the sector, and Darren Conway of Lodge Services will share his expertise on garden centre security.
Dries Jansen of Garden Centre Advice will look at designing and building a garden centre, and Keith Bateman of Davidson Richards will set out some ideas on how to get the most out of your catering offering.
In terms of exhibitors, Garden Centre Expo has all areas covered, from plant suppliers such as New Leaf Plants, Impulse Plants and Bransford Webbs, hot drink suppliers like Ringtons, Cupper’s Choice, Clifton Coffee Roasters and Tea from the Manor, and technological sustainability from the likes of Solarwatt, Zest Eco Energy, Ingeni Solar and Geo Green Power. For a full list of the Garden Centre Expo exhibitors, follow this link to the website.