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Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

Impact of the Decision To Leave the EU

It is now clear that the British people have made the choice to leave the European Union. The countr...


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CAFRE duo set to blossom at Chelsea Flower Show

Two green-fingered CAFRE students have made it to the final of the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.

Talented florists Eilis Quinn and Clare McAuley crafted beautiful hand-tied presentation bouquets to secure their places in the Final of the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year Competition in May.

Read more: CAFRE duo set to blossom at Chelsea Flower Show

The Gathering

Independent Garden Centres Gather in Paris - John Stanley

Imagine what would happen if the owners from some of leading Independent Garden Centres from around the globe Gathered in a  room for two days and worked together to developed ideas for the future of their businesses.

That is exactly what happened in mid-January.

Read more: Independent Garden Centres Gather in Paris - John Stanley

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Colombia, The Netherlands & Russia Are Cut Flower Finalists

Cut flower growers from Colombia, The Netherlands and Russia are in the running for the AIPH International Grower of the Year Award (IGOTY) 2017.

Read more: Colombia, The Netherlands & Russia Are Cut Flower Finalists

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The Garden Retail Category…Full Of Confusion - John Stanley

Keeping up with what is happening in the garden retail category is confusing at present.

One report was published just before the Chelsea Flower Show based on work done by the RHS which showed that in the UK Millennials and Gen X were not gardening due to the lack of guidance from their parents.

Read more: The Garden Retail Category…Full Of Confusion - John Stanley

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Love Local…Make It A Strategy, Not An Idea - John Stanley

Local is very much being used more in conversation, but what is “local”? According to the dictionary, local means “existing in or belonging to the area where you live, or to the area that you are talking about.”

Read more: Love Local…Make It A Strategy, Not An Idea - John Stanley

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Florists Need to Reinvent Themselves - John Stanley

There have been a number of articles about the demise of the florist in recent weeks. Florists seem to be hit by the changes that are taking place in retailing and those that have stuck to the old model have seen a decline in sales. Those that reinvent themselves are finding a new market.

Read more: Florists Need to Reinvent Themselves - John Stanley

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HTA Garden Retail Catering Conference 2016

The HTA Catering Conference is designed to inspire and support garden centres with catering operations by tapping into catering best practice from inside and outside the sector. It brings together garden centre owners, garden centre managers, catering managers and supervisors, together with industry specialists and those that have made changes within their own garden centres.

Read more: HTA Garden Retail Catering Conference 2016

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Glee and GIMA Confirm New Three-Year Agreement

As the garden retail industry starts to get excited about Glee 2016, the show’s organisers, i2i Events,are pleased to confirm that the Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) has confirmed its ongoing support of theshow, with a new three-year agreement.

Read more: Glee and GIMA Confirm New Three-Year Agreement

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An Ebook Of Entrepreneurs - John Stanley

Norma Burnson is the author of a book “Sustainable Food for the Globe, Everyday People Producing Food in Abundance

Norma interviews seventeen entrepreneurs from around the world who are developing ideas and creating projects to grow food. The book takes you from Canada to the USA, Pakistan to Switzerland, Uganda to Pakistan and New Zealand to the UK. The book covers areas such as kitchen gardens, eco-villages, food share schemes and much more.

Read more: An Ebook Of Entrepreneurs - John Stanley

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New President for Hardware Association Ireland

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce Kieran Burke, Group Procurement Director, Grafton Group plc as its new President for a two-year term. Formally invested at the Association’s first Executive Committee of the year, Kieran has an exciting start with preparations for HAI’s flagship event and biggest show ever, The Hardware Show, at an advanced stage.

Read more: New President for Hardware Association Ireland

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Music…Time To Tone It Down - John Stanley

As a consultant to retailers for over 40 years, I have to admit one of my sins. I was pro adding music into the retail environment. As human beings we hate silence and if we do experience silence we start making some sort of noise…silence is deafening.

Read more: Music…Time To Tone It Down - John Stanley

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The Garden Retail Category…Full Of Confusion - John Stanley

Keeping up with what is happening in the garden retail category is confusing at present.

One report was published just before the Chelsea Flower Show based on work done by the RHS which showed that in the UK Millennials and Gen X were not gardening due to the lack of guidance from their parents.

Read more: The Garden Retail Category…Full Of Confusion - John Stanley

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New Workshop: Retailing – Navigating The Future - John Stanley

A one day workshop aimed at established retail owners and senior management, by John Stanley.

Established retailers have seen the market mature; what they did in the past will not work in the future and new ways of developing the business need to be considered. This workshop provides an “ideas tool kit” to allow mature retail businesses to grow in the future.

Read more: New Workshop: Retailing – Navigating The Future - John Stanley

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Bring in the Butterflies

Add a new dimension to your garden this July with nectar-rich plants which support butterflies, the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ theme for July.

There are a huge range of bedding plants, perennials, flowering shrubs and bulbs that produce the simple, open blooms that butterflies love, and suit virtually any site or soil you have in your garden.

Read more: Bring in the Butterflies

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Don’t Forget the Baby Boomers!

There has been a lot of talk about millennials in the last number of years but it is important not to forget other generations including the Baby Boomers. This is the group aged 50 – 70years of age, born between the mid 1940s and 1960s. As a group they have often been associated with being non conformist and / or rejecting traditional values.

Read more: Don’t Forget the Baby Boomers!

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The Netherlands and Turkey are Finalists in the Cut Flowers Category of the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

Ornamentals growers from The Netherlands and Turkey are finalists in the Cut Flowers category of the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016. 

Read more: The Netherlands and Turkey are Finalists in the Cut Flowers Category of the AIPH International...