• Multichannel retail

    Multichannel retail

    How can garden centres take advantage of and implement multichannel retailing in their business?   The garden industry has been a little slow on the uptake when it comes to multi and omni channel retailing. Many retailers are considered to be established and family businesses, who are experts when it comes to plants and horticultural

  • Mobile payments: greater flexibility, more sales

    Mobile payments: greater flexibility, more sales

    For those working in the gardening industry; namely designers and landscapers, mobility has to be a key part of the job. The nature of the work is inherently peripatetic with many not having a firm base of operations and instead working out of their vans.  This sort of constant movement has its benefits when compared

  • Embellish with relish

    Embellish with relish

      The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award winning preserves, based in the historic village of Hawkshead – in the heart of the English Lake District.     The company’s range of over 120 relishes, pickles and preserves are handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients, without

  • Totally Shows 2014

    Totally Shows 2014

      Celebrating its 20th year, in 2014, the Totally Shows have an exciting line up of exhibitors and events in store for visitors.    The Totally Show for 2014 intends to be bigger and better than ever, with a host of new exhibitors and events.    New exhibitors for the show in February include Bosch,

  • This month’s question: Is it time to expand your catering offering?

    This month’s question: Is it time to expand your catering offering?

      Many garden centres now offer some sort of catering solution, where customers can take a break from shopping to relax with a warm drink, snack or even a hot meal.   Whether it be a small cafe or a 400 seater restaurant it seems that everyone is getting in on the action. However as

  • Keeping tradition alive

    Keeping tradition alive

    Birchgrove Garden Centre talks to Garden & Hardware News about 40 years of business at the historical centre   George Slinger, owner of Birchgrove Garden Centre, may be reaching his 76th birthday but that doesn’t mean he has any intention of hanging up his wellies when it comes to his garden centre, which he continues

  • Spring Fair 2014

    Spring Fair 2014

    February’s upcoming Spring Fair has everything a retailer, in the garden industry, needs for the year ahead   3,000 exhibitors will launch more than 300,000 new products at the forthcoming event, which typically attracts up to 70,000 retailers from over 130 countries worldwide. Visitors will encompass all areas of the retail trade, from post offices,

  • European shows spotlight

    European shows spotlight

    We take a look at the exciting trade fairs taking place outside of the UK in Europe for the year ahead   Expo TCO    The second edition of Expo TCO was given an energetic start this year when it was opened by Theo Berntzen of Sepa Green and chairman Wim Crum. The pair hung

  • Simple steps to help retailers save on energy costs

    Simple steps to help retailers save on energy costs

    Recent energy saving audits undertaken at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK have highlighted some simple steps that can be taken to unlock potential savings on energy costs which could benefit independent retailers.   Phil Scholes, npower SME Sales & Marketing Director discusses the findings and how making some small changes – often