Garden trade industry features including events, exhibitions, and shows

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Beatrix Potter Mug Of The Year

Contemporary gift and homeware retailer, Enesco, is proud to present its second exclusive Mug of the Year, a new concept within the licensed Beatrix Potter Collection.

Having launched in 2019 with none other than Peter Rabbit™ himself, the idea behind this offering is that on an annual basis, the featured character will change to showcase an original

piece of artwork taken from author Beatrix Potter’s much-loved classic children’s tales, making the Mug of the Year a highly sought-after and super collectable piece with your customers.

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Thorndown garden design wood paint

Specialist water-based paint manufacturer Thorndown, bring long-term colour and style to garden design. Their paints are made to the highest specifications using raw materials at the forefront of environmentally considerate water-based technology. 

Colour plays an essential part in garden design and the use of wood paint to decorate and protect timber buildings and features is seen prominently in gardening magazines and on TV programmes such as “Love your Garden” with Alan Titchmarsh.

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DIY know-how video

The tradition of parents teaching their offspring basic household DIY is on the wane, but manufacturer DK Tools is reaping the benefits.

The company, through its successful Amtech brand, designs, manufactures and distributes around 2,000 powered and manual hand tools to retailers and wholesalers. They’re aimed at shoppers who need affordable products to complete jobs around the house – such as putting up shelves, laying decking, pruning or basic repairs.

However, the loss of DIY knowledge among younger generations means many consumers are looking for help to complete tasks rather than having to bring in skilled tradespeople.

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Amtech Spring Fair Stand

DK Tools Limited and their Amtech brand, has been identified and selected by The Telegraph Business Club for their senior business community, as one of fifteen cross-industry companies to watch out for in 2020.


The Telegraph Business Club provides engaging and informative content that offers interesting insights into the strategic levers that drive success. The use of mini-documentary films about companies and key people, creates compelling viewing for a senior business community with a global footprint.

The Telegraph expressed an interest in creating a short film about DK Tools, when one of their research team came across the Amtech stand at the Spring Fair Trade show event, earlier in the year. After some initial probing into their brand and product proposition, the team were further intrigued with the fact that DK Tools had identified a gap in the DIY market and had begun acting on their evaluation of key industry insights.

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xmas gifts - cooking scales with gingerbread pattern

We’ve all been there. You’ve got a million presents to buy at Christmas, very little time and, quite frankly, inclination to go gift hunting for the hard-to-buy-fors. Your customers are no different – they want stand-out products which are reasonably priced and readily available – preferably in an eye-catching display near the tills. Instead of leaving empty-handed, they could be tempted by one of these beauties as chosen by Garden Trade Specialist editor Victoria Galligan in our Xmas gifts guide…

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Hot dog pet products - heated dog beds

A NEW range of mains powered centrally heated dog beds featuring a pressure activated heat pad
Hot Dog Pet Products is a family owned business located in the beautiful market town of Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Our entire range of thermal and central heated dog beds are all crafted by our dedicated and skilled workforce. Made in Britain our unique, luxurious dog beds are all designed, produced, packaged and posted from right here in Yorkshire. 

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WaterSave Basket Liners

Tom Chambers have announced the launch of a full range of Eco-friendly coco fibre liners developed with an innovative ‘WaterSave’ layer. This biodegradable material covers the bottom section of the liner and works as a reservoir to hold and retain water, meaning much less watering.

The liners also feature an integral built in over-spill which avoids over-watering and root saturation and allows excess water to drain away. The new liners are exclusive to Tom Chambers and are a new and exciting concept to the market.

The important message of using less water and being environmentally aware is communicated effectively to customers with the bold, informative labels and striking WaterSave logo.

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houseplant sales grow

THE UK’S current love for indoor plants shows no sign of diminishing according to the Garden Centre Association (GCA) as new research claims most flatsharers own at least one houseplant each.
 
In the GCA’s Barometer of Trade for October (2019) houseplants were recorded among the bestsellers by member garden centres for the third consecutive month, with sales up 13.47% on last year.
 
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive explained: “The UK’s current love of houseplants seems to be growing, particularly amongst renters, as new research from the company Spare Room has revealed recently. According to the organisation, 76% of those sharing flats now own at least one houseplant each. There has also been an increase in the number of houseplants being featured on Instagram feeds, with millions of posts tagged #houseplant.

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Sue Allen for Greenfingers Charity

Greenfingers Charity is delighted to announce that Sue Allen, founder of Millbrook Garden Centres has joined the charity’s Board of Trustees.
 
Sue is a well-known face within the garden retail sector, having established the first Millbrook Garden Centre in Crowborough, East Sussex, in 1979, alongside her late husband, Dick. Since then, Millbrook has grown to incorporate three centres in the South East of England and is now run by the extended family including daughter, Tammy, her husband Ben and sister, Kirsty, with Sue holding the role of Chairman. In addition, Sue also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Garden Centre Association and is Chairman of the GCA Trust.

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Natural controls - slug defence

Strong consumer demand for natural controls is underpinning confidence in the sector, says ecofective®
 
Ecofective®, the pioneering brand of environmentally friendly natural gardening controls, reports that high levels of footfall in organic categories at retail outlets is seeing demand for chemical-free solutions gain rapid momentum – helping ecofective® to expand and develop its customer base.
 
The company, part of crop protection giant Sipcam UK, has reinforced its position as a leading supplier of natural plant feeds, pest controls, lawncare, weedkiller, animal repellent and garden cleaning products – sold under its ecofective® and RHS Garden Care ranges. Its new distribution partnership with Thompson & Morgan, which supplies over 60% of UK garden centres, will further boost the company’s portfolio of environmentally friendly plant care products, bringing the ecofective® brand to a wider audience.

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