• SOLEX: The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition

    SOLEX: The Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition

          The fifth edition of the Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition showcases the hottest new products and trends for outdoor living.   This year’s SOLEX exhibition at the Telford International Centre from the 16-18 July 2012 promises to be bigger, better and more enticing than ever before. Over 50 British companies will be showcasing

  • spoga+gafa 2012

    spoga+gafa 2012

          This year’s spoga+gafa is set to wow visitors with a host of exciting new features as it welcomes over 2000 suppliers to Cologne   Between 2nd and 4th September 2012, spoga+gafa will transform Cologne into a global marketplace for everything needed for outdoor living. This year will see around 2,000 suppliers from

  • Is Table Service the Future?

    Is Table Service the Future?

        Chris Brown, Director of catering consultancy Turpin Smale, advises on catering within garden centres.   Table service in cafes and restaurants seems to offer so many advantages – an ordered flow of customers, less wastage, improved plate presentation, better space utilisation with no servery and improved average spends. What customer does not like

  • Fill those seats

    Fill those seats

          Chris Brown, Director of catering consultancy Turpin Smale, takes us through the in and outs of a successful marketing strategy   You are probably used to stock that, if unsold, is still there to be sold the next day. Cafe chairs are like airline seats and hotel bedrooms – highly perishable; you

  • Reader Profile: Alan & Karin Bourne

    Reader Profile: Alan & Karin Bourne

          We speak to husband and wife team Alan and Karin Bourne about Perrywood Garden Centre & Nurseries in Essex.   This month our reader profile gets a little twist as we interview two of our readers simultaneously. Alan and Karin Bourne have run Perrywood Garden Centre and Nursery in Essex since the

  • Supply and demand

    Supply and demand

          Amanda Sizer Barrett has been director general of the Federation of Garden & Leisure Manufacturers Ltd (Gardenex & PetQuip) since 1991. Her role involves working with the Federation’s chairman, non-executive directors and member companies to help UK businesses increase international sales of garden, leisure and pet products. Here, we take a look

  • Keep your customers secure this summer

    Keep your customers secure this summer

          Lisa Richardson, brand manager at Kasp Security, explains why garden security is paramount   With the start of British Summer Time, many are making the most of lighter evenings, spending quality time in the garden. Outdoor living doesn’t come cheap however, with the contents of a garden shed worth an average of

  • Improving environmental standards

    Improving environmental standards

        Phil Gibbs, secretary of LOFA, talks to us about the Made Aware scheme and how it can benefit garden centres.   With a difficult economic year looming, sustainability may have been pushed to the back of many retailer’s minds. However, sustainable business practice is no longer just an advantage, it is a necessity

  • Green fingered giving

    Green fingered giving

      The Garden Re-Leaf event in March demonstrated how retailers can give back to the community through resourceful and inspirational garden incentives   Garden Re-Leaf was the brainchild of Boyd Douglas-Davies, CEO of Hillview Garden Centres and Richard Jackson, QVC gardening presenter and Chairman of Greenfingers, the charity from which this event was based around.