Garden Trade industry news
Christmas tree provider Pines and Needles is going green this festive season by ditching plastic artificial trees from its stores.
Founded by Sam and Josh Lyle more than 20 years ago, the company is joining the global drive to be more sustainable in 2019 by only supplying natural firs grown on its picturesque Scottish plantations to customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.