• Bee aware

    Bee aware

    An understanding of the customer’s emotional response is key to successfully selling bird care and wildlife products, says Nigel Clarke, Sales Manager of BeeMat™. Bird care and wildlife related products continue to enjoy a rise in popularity.  The press and the media have made a great deal of the plight of various native species, most

  • Question Time June

    Question Time June

      This month’s question: Are rising house prices having a positive impact on garden and DIY product sales, as people look to improve their homes rather than move?    Increasing house prices and the wait for new builds are encouraging home owners to improve and enhance their property, rather than look to move on. Is

  • Safety first

    Safety first

      Garden centres are quickly becoming one stop shopping and leisure destinations for families with small children. With this growing trend, centres must quickly adapt their offering to appease the little ones visiting with parents. Play areas, cafes and pet departments are just a few of the things many garden retailers are incorporating to ensure children

  • Solex 2014

    Solex 2014

      We take a look at what is in store for the annual three day summer show, organised by LOFA  SOLEX (The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition) is a unique event which brings together all the leading manufacturers of garden products – furniture, barbecues, gazebos, parasols, outdoor lighting and play equipment – and provides a showcase

  • Giving nature a home

    Giving nature a home

        Richard James, Wildlife Advisor, RSPB, explains how the RSPB is encouraging us to cater for wildlife    The UK’s wildlife is in trouble. The State of Nature report released in 2013 showed that 60% of the species surveyed had declined over the past 50 years – some suffering significant declines.   Urgent action

  • Groen-Direkt 2014

    Groen-Direkt 2014

        Groen-Direkt allows you to view next season’s garden plants offering – all in one day   Imagine 4000 products from 600 nurseries, all showcased in one location in uniform batches, from A to Z, for easy viewing. See, touch and smell every product and compare size, quality and price at a glance.   

  • Totally Shows 2014

    Totally Shows 2014

        Celebrating its 20th year the Totally DIY & Totally Tools Shows featured an exciting line up of exhibitors and award events for visitors    A combination of key retail visitors, a bigger show with plenty of fresh content and positive messages from industry commentators about the future, combined to give this year’s Totally

  • DIY concept stores

    DIY concept stores

        Rupert Cook, Director of Gekko, considers concept stores and if they are the answer for the DIY sector   The rise of online sales is changing the way space is allocated in-store and home improvement retailers need to adapt their spaces accordingly. To add to this, the value of the DIY sector in

  • Question Time April-May

    Question Time April-May

        This month’s question: Is an early Spring a benefit or hindrance for garden retailers and what measures could be carried out to accommodate unpredictable weather?    Spring and warmer weather seem to be arriving earlier and earlier each year. With record temperatures last Summer and a milder and wetter than usual winter this