• 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

  • Plantarium 2013

    Plantarium 2013

    Plantarium, which took place in the Netherlands this August, was a fantastic success and attracted a record number of foreign trade visitors.    The main aim of the fair was to help visitors boost their autumn sales and so the organisers attempted to offer up plenty of choice and information for visitors.    The number

  • The importance of wildflowers

    The importance of wildflowers

    Julie Kendall, from the Eden Project, considers the importance of introducing wildflowers to our environment and how they support development of insect wildlife   Almost all of our wild flowers are becoming rarer, unfortunately wildflower meadows have been steadily in decline since the first & second world wars when our methods of farming changed. This

  • Question Time October/November

    Question Time October/November

    This month we ask: Should garden centres consider stocking more general gift and homeware or stick to their horticultural roots?   Garden centres are quickly becoming a one stop shop for people looking to source their garden, home and gift buys all in one place. Many have seen this shift in buying trends as an

  • Squires Garden Centres

    Squires Garden Centres

    Squires Garden Centres has grown drastically from its humble beginnings – since Deputy Chairman Sarah Squire’s grandfather was made redundant in the mid 1930s and started up his own business to support his family.    The 77-year-old business is now spread over 14 garden centres across West London, Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex.    Sarah said: