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Zest 4 leisure celebrates another successful GLEE

Zest 4 Leisure, a leading trade supplier of quality timber garden products including furniture, arches, arbours and fencing, is celebrating another successful year at Glee 2018.

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Rosebourne Aldermaston, Berkshire, Opening Saturday 6 October

Just like its popular sister branch in Weyhill, Hampshire, the second Rosebourne opening in Aldermaston on Saturday, October 6, will showcase quality, fresh, locally sourced produce in its restaurant and food hall, alongside a wonderful wide range of beautiful plants, garden essentials, homewares and gifts.

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Graham Thomas - A partnership for Garden Centre growth launches

Following Eight Days a Week Print Solutions’ impressive growth servicing Garden Centre clients with all their printing, direct mail and customer journey planning needs, they have now joined forces with Spring Marketing, who have extensive experience in marketing and design for over 40 UK Garden Centres since 2006.

Between them they have delivered over 10,000 design, print and/or mailing projects for Garden Centres over the past eight years, making them the leading one stop shop for all a Garden Centre’s marketing needs.

Their combined offering gives the following benefits: major cost savings; creative campaigns that are proven to build new business; improved customer spend and loyalty; and the flexibility to tailor a solution within a Garden Centre’s existing marketing resources.

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Waterless pet shampoo - a new way to wash your pet!

UK Manufacturer invents a NEW way to wash your pet - Is this the future?

Waterless Limited specialises in "towel off" washing, for bed bound and immobile patients in hospital. But with a huge love of dogs and owning naughty pouches, the family used this technology to develop a new way to wash pets fur effectively without water or rinsing that easily removes mud, odours and even fox mess! This is NOT a dry powder or alcohol gel that masks dirt, but a water based, clever solution that feels like your pet has really been in the shower.

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the new Certainly Wood Sustainability Line

Herefordshire firewood company Certainly Wood has launched a new £400K firewood processing line - one of the largest of its kind in the world. 

The project was part funded by the Rural Development Programme for England under the Countryside Productivity Forestry Grant scheme.

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The new Haskins Garden Centres Christmas shop

Haskins Garden Centres has launched its Christmas shop at all four of its centres across the south.

Customers can browse a huge variety of festive gifts for the home, plus inspired ideas for gardeners of all ages and abilities.

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This autumn, GIMA’s Knowledge Exchange programme will be bolstered with two new one-day workshops, this time focusing on optimising key social media channels such as LinkedIn and Instagram to grow your business, as well as looking at ways to advance existing Microsoft PowerPoint skills. Places are filling up fast, so interested parties – both GIMA members and non-members – are invited to secure their place now to avoid disappointment.

The first workshop, taking place on November 6th and led by leading industry PR agency, Hornby Whitefoot PR, will look at the impact LinkedIn and Instagram have had on business, and will break down how brands can optimise a presence on each platform to boost their engagement. From handy hints and tips on how to create a winning strategy, and how to better interact with your audience, as well as basics such as setting up pages/accounts, the workshop will also explain the difference between the two platforms and outline how they achieve different goals. 

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Artificial Christmas Tree

THE UK’s leading supplier of artificial Christmas trees - Christmas Tree World, has joined forces with Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) in a bid to help save the rainforest.

The business has pledged ‘a tree for every customer’ in a partnership which will see a new tree planted in the Borneo rainforest for every order placed on their market leading Website, www.christmastreeworld.co.uk

The partnership will help protect some of the most important and damaged areas of tropical rainforest in the world, safeguarding its wildlife, environment and indigenous culture, whilst contributing towards the fight against climate change. 

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Woman shopping for BBQS and houseplants

THE AUGUST Bank Holiday Weekend helped lift sales at garden centres across the country at the end of the month according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade report.

Houseplant sales were up 20.69% compared to the same month last year (2018) and outdoor plant sales were up 6.09%. Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “After experiencing soaring temperatures in July, we were hopeful that it would continue into August, however at the beginning of the month we were faced with much wetter weather and even risks of flooding in some parts of the country.

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200 years candles for Johnsons Lawn Seed

Johnsons Lawn Seed, the UK’s oldest seed brand with a prestigious track record of grass seed breeding and innovation, is getting ready to celebrate 200 years at the forefront of the lawn care business in 2020.

The company, now owned by Danish co-operative DLF Seeds, was founded in 1820, the year in which King George IV ascended to the throne. The story began when 17-year-old entrepreneur William Wade Johnson, a keen botanist, bought some land in Boston, Lincolnshire, and set up in business as a market gardener.

William selected his finest plants to grow on and produce a seed crop, so he could start selling seed from his stall – and in doing so, he sowed the seeds of a business that would flourish and evolve to become a household name. Two centuries later,Johnsons Lawn Seed remains firmly established as the UK’s leading lawn seed brand, offering an unrivalled portfolio of trusted products that deliver the ultimate in performance for gardeners.

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