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PEOPLE • PRODUCTS • PROFIT

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Garden Centre Retail ISSUE 57

PEOPLE • PRODUCTS • PROFIT

August/September 2021

GLEE SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW OF THIS YEAR’S SHOW

CO NTE NT S BUSINESS

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GIMA members get ready for Glee

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TRADE SHOWS

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PRODUCTS

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A round-up of the latest news from the sector

AN INTERVIEW WITH TREVISKER GARDEN CENTRE

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Andrew Burton prepares for Glee, discussing what Malcolm Scott Consultants will be showing at the event

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Garden centre theft is on the rise – but what can be done to combat this?

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How garden centres are prepping for the Christmas season safely

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Selfridges opens in-store garden centres amid gardening boom

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elfridges London Accessories Hall and the store exterior on Duke and Orchard Streets were transformed into a garden centre as part of ‘Good Nature’, Selfridges’ creative theme for 2021. The garden centre sells gardening tools, seeds, indoor and outdoor plants and pots, Selfridges own label compost and more. It also sells a curation of fashion, lifestyle

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he Old Railway Line Garden Centre is complementing its Railway Reward Card programme by launching the Old Railway Line app. The application was built to strengthen the connectivity with members. It includes latest news, exclusive offers, and communication opportunities through ush notifications. Marketing director Joe Aldworth says: “We are very excited to be launching our own app which has already

had a brilliant reaction from the members who have downloaded. Customers are pleased to be able to have their Reward Card in their phone rather than an extra plastic card in their wallet. “A big thank you to all involved at Corby+Fellas and beyond with the development of the app. The app is now free to download on smartphones via the Google Play and App Store platforms. www.oldrailwaylinegc.co.uk

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and beauty products, as well as an exclusive collection from Prada, an exclusive Shakedown Garden merch from The Grateful Dead and a bespoke Selfridges merchandise featuring puns such as Herb Your Enthusiasm or HortiCouture, for gardening and fashion enthusiasts alike. Within the garden centre, The Potting Shed is a destination for events and advice, with a resident gardener and a program of workshops, experiences and happenings. Selfridges will also “green up” Oxford Street, with a grow bag installation in front of the historic canopy entrance. www.selfridges.com

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lanning permission has now been granted, so Perrywood can now move ahead with their £8m to £10m investment in an exciting new garden centre at their existing site in Newton Road, Sudbury. The build is expected to take at least two years. The brand-new centre at Perrywood Sudbury will be

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New non-executive directors at Squire’s Garden Centres announced

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quire’s Garden Centres has appointed two new non-executive directors. Rob Collins has held various roles within the John Lewis partnership and recently retired as managing director of Waitrose. Tony Perkins was audit lead partner at BDO, an international accounting firm, where he worked with Squire’s for many years. Sarah Squire, Squire’s chairman, comments: “I am delighted to welcome Rob and Tony to the team at Squire’s. Non-executive directors have been a great asset to us over the ears. e have benefited enormously from their counsel. Knowing our business well, but not being involved in day-to-day matters, they see issues objectively. “They bring a completely different and complementary set of skills to our decision making, often asking pertinent questions of us based on their own commercial experience. We

very much look forward to benefiting from ob and Tony’s business acumen and experience.” Rob Collins joined Squire’s in January this year, replacing Squire’s long standing nonexecutive director John Osborn, who retired in December. Rob possesses a wealth of retailing experience. He has held various roles within the John Lewis partnership, has in-store experience and also served as a main board director for a number of years. Tony is a chartered accountant and is well known to Squire’s, as for many years he was their audit partner at BDO. Tony gained a broad expertise in finance, risk and governance working with his many retail clients at BDO. He retired from BDO a couple of years ago and now works at board level across a number of sectors, including retail, technology and manufacturing. squiresgardencentres.co.uk

Event updates Autumn Fair launches The Sustainability Library Following the successful launch of the Sustainability Trail at Spring Fair 2020, the focus on sustainability continues for Autumn Fair 21 with the launch of The Sustainability Library and a host of onsite initiatives. Pre-show, visitors can connect with sustainable brands at Autumn Fair 2021 in just a few clicks, making it easy to discover the brands and suppliers that are striving to do their part to ensure a more sustainable and ethical future for us all. www.autumnfair.com Four Oaks Trade Show 2021 cancelled The Four Oaks Trade Show, which was due to take place in September, has been cancelled. Organisers say it is “with great regret we have to cancel the 2021 show due to the COVID-19 pandemic”, but that travel restrictions have left them no choice. The commercial horticulture show was also cancelled last year with social distancing rules limiting the number of people able to gather. It usually takes place at a 23-acre nursery site in Cheshire and would have celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. www.fouroaks-tradeshow.com Glee to take place in June from 2022 Glee has announced that the 2022 event will move to a new date in order to meet the ever-developing needs of the garden retail sector. It will now take place 28 – 30 June. Over several months, the Glee team undertook an in-depth consultation with key stakeholders, representing suppliers, retailers and trade associations. The outcome of these discussions was that a shift to a different time of year would better reflect, and su ort, the ongoing develo ment of the garden retail supply chain and associated buying cycles. www.gleebirmingham.com

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Garden Centre Retail attended Scott’s of Southend Garden Centre and Nursery’s official opening of its highly-anticipated (and demanded) new restaurant

fter a long pandemic caused delay, popular garden centre Scott’s of Southend celebrated the launch of its new restaurant. Scott’s Kitchen is a modern, bright and vibrant restaurant serving high quality and locally-sourced food to its customers. Open seven days a week, Scott’s Kitchen menu features an extensive breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, offering on-trend vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, the 90-seat venue provides a spacious, fresh and airy environment for everyone.

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Scott’s Kitchen’s chef, Michael Court, has been whipping up beautiful food for eight years, and enjoys working with fresh, seasonal ingredients. For the menu, Michael has created a variety of impressive dishes, such as: a puy lentil and quinoa salad and a Moving Mountains’ vegan burger, alongside classics including beerbattered cod loin. “We have introduced new and exciting menu ideas, which break the ‘teacake and panini’ ethos of the typical garden centre café,” Michael tells us. “Some of my favourite dishes

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are mon fish scam i with watercress purée and lime mayonnaise, atlantic rawn and cra fish salad, and the grilled cheese on sourdough, featuring cornish brie, black bomber cheddar and smoked applewood.” The restaurant also offers a variety of sweet treats; from Belgian buns, and freshly-made fruit scones, to homemade vegan and gluten-free cakes, brownies, and award-winning artisan ice cream from The Saffron Ice Cream Company. Owner Scott Bird envisioned the restaurant to function as a destination, rather than a passing by stop off point. It was important to him that the garden centre steers away from the stereotypical café. “I wanted to make use of the space we have here and build something that provides a level and consistent trade,” Scott explained. “The kitchen was something missing from the garden centre. For a long time I have had many customers asking for a restaurant, and since its opening we are already seeing an increase

in footfall. People have been coming in to host their own events – we’ve even had book clubs meet up here.” The restaurant includes a comfortable inside and outside dining area, where design and colour have been carefully chosen to ensure a peaceful and calm experience. Dogs are also welcome in the outdoor dining area, where they can enjoy water, snacks and shade. Scott Bird ensured that extra space was accounted for in the planning to cater for possible high demand in the future. He added: “We have future-proofed the design. The kitchen and dining area are big enough to allow for further extension, or extra equipment.” The long-term plan for Scott’s Kitchen is to keep evolving the restaurant, while maintaining the seasonality and quality of the food served. Set to join the menu in the near future are: a cocktail and mocktail range, Sunday roasts, afternoon teas, and a greater utilisation of locally-caught fish to add more variet to the menu. ◗

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GCR visits Trevisker Garden Centre in Cornwall to understand more about its mission to blaze a trail for eco-friendly garden centres

n recent issues of GCR, the core focus of our garden centre rofile features, robabl quite naturall , has been the res ective offers themselves. For instance, in the previous issue we focused on Tong in Bradford, which is in the process of making a huge name for itself when it comes to garden furniture and outdoor living . rior to that was err wood near olchester, with its to notch gift and food offer. ith that in mind, in this issue we re going to do something a bit different: focusing on a articular businesses

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mar eting effort. r, more recisel , how its relationshi to the local communit feeds into that mar eting effort, resulting in not ust ver health sales but enormous goodwill. The business in question is Trevis er arden entre in ornwall, which ma well hold the albeit unofficial title of most eco friendl garden centre in the . t sends its customers awa not onl having sold them e actl what the want, but also furnishing them with the genuine sense that the have contributed to the greater good sim l b a ing a visit. 

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Business Interview Local effort, local offer Located just south of Padstow on the northern Cornish coast, Trevisker began its life on a family farm. Having met in 1996, Sian and her now-husband Mark Sandry – decided to branch out into selling plants, having realised that that there was probably more money to be made in retail than in farming. Picking up the narrative, Mark says that: “We decided that we wanted to diversify away from farming, and I went off to study at Pershore College. About a year after Sian and I met each other in 1996, I started doing hanging garden displays for local pubs and restaurants. We eventually pulled the tunnels up off the farm and moved them so people could see them from the road. We started just doing bedding plants, but with every passing year, we’ve gone a little bit further.” Needless to say, the story continues over the course of following decades, with Trevisker becoming more like a garden centre and less like a nursery with every passing year. This process has culminated with the Sandrys adding a restaurant as well as a variety of concessions, including a dog boutique and a florist. Continuing to describe the ongoing evolution of the centre, Sian says: “We’ve rolled with the changes in our industry. When we started it was all about the bedding plants and the hanging baskets, but then trends change and you’re onto something else. At the same time, the local supermarkets started to sell plants, so there’s really no choice but to change direction in order to survive.” As Mark and Sian tell it, one important way in which Trevisker differentiates itself from its competitors is in the type of plants it sells. Their range revolves purely around plants which are appropriate to the climate and conditions of the northern Cornish coast. This has the effect not only of marking them out as being extraordinarily customer focused, but also as resolutely ‘local’. Elaborating on this, Mark says: “In the years since we’ve been doing this, we’ve found that Cornish-grown plants are the only ones that we can reliably sell. In this environment, there’s no point in ordering something from Holland that’s weak as water, which will be dead five minutes after the customer gets it home. “We started growing our own, specialising particularly in coastal plants. That includes really good evergreen hedging such as Olearia, as well as coastal grasses and so on. We’re all about planting the right plant, rather than selling

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customers any old thing that’s probably going to die.” Picking up the theme, Sian continues: “From what I can tell, the other garden centres in the area don’t have a similar strategy to us in terms of their plant offer. Some have been bought out by chains, and have lost a sense of identity [as a Cornish business] since changing hands. “Another reason we have to emphasise the local aspect is that we have to play to many different people, because the local

Cornish-grown plants are the only ones that we can reliably sell community is relatively small. If someone comes to see us while they’re on holiday – or staying at their second home – why would they want exactly the same offering that they can get anywhere?” Do go near the water Speaking to Sian and Mark, it’s clear that one word is probably more relevant to them than any other – ‘environment’. As indicated, this could mean providing a particular plant chosen to thrive in a particular location. It could also, rather more prosaically, refer to the simple act of helping to transform a customer’s garden into a nicer, well, environment. Perhaps the most important connotation of the word however is in the broader, political sense. Or, to put it another way, the owners of Trevisker are vehement in their desire to protect the local landscape, and particularly the coastline. Discussing why they’re so passionate about the environment, as well as Trevisker’s ongoing efforts to help protect it, Mark notes: “In recent years, driving up and down the country lanes, we’ve noticed that a lot of ditches have essentially become rivers of plastic. Plastic in the oceans and on the beaches is obviously a huge issue as well. “That was one of the first things that we wanted to help sort out, and we started working with an [environmental protection] group called Beach Guardian to help do it. We’ve bought them into the business, housing them onsite so they can deliver education to local school children. “A lot of the ocean waste now gets brought to us once it’s been cleared from the beaches, and and we, with them, use it for different art projects in order to highlight pollution. There’s currently an eight-metre plastic whale outside the front of the centre made from the plastic

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Interview Business ghost net fishing waste from ust seven local beaches. Trevis er s war against this dee l un leasant material continues in store as well, with their refusal to sell lants in blac lastic ots. nstead, at chec out, stoc is transferred to a com ostable bag which customers then ta e home. ea ing of this, ar sa s “ e loo ed for an alternative for ears, but there reall isn t a decent re lacement out there. hen the time comes to get rid of our ots, we have an arrangement with eter it ouncil and a com an called d sse nnovation who ta e them awa for rec cling into ocean going a a s and addle boards. There was an arena at the last lastonbur in which was made entirel from rec cled lastic including our ots as well the aslight Tower. s well as their anti lastic efforts meanwhile, Trevis er has also started

We have an arrangement with Exeter City Council and a company called Odyssey Innovation who take them away for recycling into ocean going kayaks and paddle boards what it refers to as a communit meadow, s ecificall with the aim of hel ing local wildlife flourish. This directl ties in with another branch of their strateg to hel the environment, s ecificall their olic of not selling an garden roducts containing chemicals, as well as going eat free. “ or ing with the wonderful and su ortive team at elcourt ndustries, we have been able to offer outstanding eat free alternatives, sa s ian. “ ast ear we began our refill com ost service, which offers bul com ost in a reusable and refillable bag. That s been a huge success. e made the decision to go chemical free as well, also in , again with a refill service roviding alternative fertiliser. t seems odd for a garden centre to be doing that, but it was actuall reall eas and has turned out to be a huge success with customers. e ve been thin ing about doing it for ears. he continues “ ne thing in articular we re tr ing to encourage is for eo le not to use lawn weed illers. s far as we re concerned, there s nothing wrong with having a dandelion in our grass the re

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beautiful, the re ver useful, and the re the first food for bees. “There s also absolutel no oint in illing all the bugs which are roviding food for the birds. To m mind, our brains have been slightl conditioned into what a garden should loo li e. e should let nature do its ob. ccording to ian, Trevis er arden entre s efforts to rotect the local environment are e tremel o ular with customers entering the store. t the same time however, the re also starting to rove hugel beneficial when it comes to the wider mar eting effort, roviding an e tremel effective wa for the business to carve out a distinct identit . ffective use of digital mar eting meanwhile has started to foster a sense of genuine communit and affection, both in the surrounding area and further afield. Trevis er s efforts on this front include a “com le and multifaceted social media resence ta ing in ever ma or latform, as well as an abundance of video content. Those who follow them on social media are nown as the Trevis er ove Tribe. Trevis er is a great e am le of how what might be regarded as a smaller garden centre can use the unique features of the offer to genuinel differentiate itself. erha s more im ortantl , it s also a model of a business ma ing a real difference in its local communit . ◗

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ATTEND A TRADE SHOW Organisers of some of the biggest events in the industry e plain the enefits of attending trade shows

01 Networking “Christmas decorations and festive gifts are particularly visual products, so seeing, feeling and even smelling them is imperative for buyers when deciding what ranges to stock for the following season. Exhibitors at Harrogate Christmas & Gift present the latest colour ways and upcoming trends, so retailers can be confident that the products they order will meet consumer demand. Trade shows really offer a one-stop-shop for retailers and buyers, and many manage to wrap up their entire order requirements for Christmas at the show.” Simon Anslow, organiser of Harrogate Christmas & Gift

02 Latest trends “When you spend the day at a trade show you feel part of a community; you meet new brands and designers creating incredible products, you reconnect with people who run established businesses, you explore and discover trends and come away with a renewed energy and excitement for the forthcoming season. The possibilities for business relationships, for merchandising ideas, for inspiration and collaborations are endless. “As the shape of retailing changes so are the needs of buyers. Lifestyle retailers are looking for trusted, cost effective environments to fulfil a large proportion of their buy.” Jessica Dawnay, event director of Autumn Fair

04 Meet new brands “Packed full of hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of products, exhibitions are the perfect way to refresh your retail offering. Any retailer visiting a trade event such as Glee will be able to not only catch up with existing suppliers but will be able to source a wide selection of new brands to complement and bolster their current offering. In doing so, these retailers can not only drive sales within their existing customer base but to potentially extend it to new consumers yet untapped.” Matthew Mein, event director of Glee

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03 Inspiration “Trade shows are a hotbed for inspiration and are valuable for retailers who want to upgrade their instore displays and customer experience. Whether drawing inspiration from the way exhibitors display and promote their newest innovations, or tapping into the show’s educational content, retailers can alwa s find something unique that will help differentiate their store from the competition. Be sure to walk into the show with an open mind – often the most interesting ideas can be found in the most unexpected corners of the show!” Matthew Mein, event director of Glee

05 Business tips “One of the easiest ways to discover new ideas that could help boost your business is to attend the free seminars at a trade exhibition. These talks are designed to give retailers ahead-of-the-game ideas on new lines, new a roaches and new rofit otential. ost seminars last half-an-hour so there’s no time to become bored. In fact, because of the time limit, there’s a lot of information packed into such a short session and often it’s a good idea to take notes or write down bullet points. Usually, the speaker will take questions at the end of the talk.” Gordon Thomas, organiser of PATS Telford

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hilst e hibitors are rightl e cited about the o ortunit to connect on a grand scale with su liers, customers and new customers at Glee after two long ears, others will be loo ing forward to demonstrating how much the have evolved during that time. Malcolm Scott Consultants has undergone a ma or diversification since the show, and having been a regular e hibitor for ears, the business will be ma ing the most of this ear s event to showcase how much its offering has e anded, enabling it to offer end to end services for its clients. aving been redominantl nown as a leading town lanning s ecialist in the garden centre and farm sho industries for more than years, the team will have a much broader s ectrum of services to demonstrate when the s doors o en in e tember. ince , alcolm cott has offered retail and catering o erational su ort to clients, and offers e tended services rovided b its sister com an , arris amb. ith a long established e ert team, additional services include ecology, business rating and concession management, which offers greater su ort to their clients.

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Andrew Burton, who will be available at business stand 20K36, says: “Malcolm Scott Consultants has broadened its horizons significantl in the ast months, building on its strong re utation for e cellent lanning and design wor across the garden centre and farm sho industr . ur team is e tensive and, with arris amb, we have leading ecologists and business rating de artments com lementing our core business of site develo ment, which adds to our business strategy advice and town lanning su ort. “ e area we ve seen develo significantl this ast ear is the farm sho and garden centre food hall sectors which have thrived during the andemic. There is a natural correlation between both garden centres and farm sho s and we ve been able to su ort a number of clients in establishing a strong food offering, focusing on high qualit , locall roduced foods to enhance their offering and increase footfall, he e lains. “ e su ort farm sho s and garden centres throughout the and feel rivileged to sit on the arm etail ssociation ouncil, having reviousl sat on the Garden Centre Association board. This adds to our re utation for roviding rofessional, ersonal, caring

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and understanding su ort to inde endent business and land owners. “ e have seen a significant change in retail and catering, both o erationall and in the wa that the are develo ing. ith a number of five ear business lans underwa , we are loo ing forward to sharing case studies to show how we can

We are looking forward to sharing case studies to show how we can help businesses hel businesses focus on their customer needs, ro osition and on creating a real oint of difference to their com etitors, ndrew shares. “ great deal of lee is roduct led, ma ing it a source for e e catching items. ll be ta ing a real interest in this as art of the su ort wor we carr out to assist clients with stoc selection and ranging, but man visitors will be loo ing for su ort to hel develo and future roof their businesses, and that s e actl where we re going to be ha to hel , he adds. To arrange a meeting at , contact Andrew on andrewb@malcolmscott.co.uk. ◗

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STOPPING SHOPLIFTING Garden centre theft is on the up, says GCS’ Jeremy Davies. He speaks to Garden Centre Retail about why the pandemic is partly to blame and how stores can take back control

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hoplifting supposedly slumped during the pandemic, with multiple lockdowns forcing non-essential retailers to close. But prior to this, in the year to March 2020, customer theft had soared by 21% from the previous year. It cost retailers £935m, according to the British Retail Consortium’s Crime Survey, and £1.2bn was spent on crime prevention. Whilst high street retailers might have been closed during each lockdown, garden centres were granted essential status following their reopening in May 2020, and thieves saw the opportunity, says Jeremy Davies of national security company GCS. “Thieves would normally be going to the high street to steal, but when the high street closed down, we saw a massive increase in customer theft in garden centres. They were some of the only retailers open with the same products which could be bought or stolen in the high street.” Jeremy has been working with garden centres to prevent customer theft for more than 10 years, working with the biggest names in the sector as well as independent garden centres. He says theft has been a costly problem for garden centres even before the pandemic struck. “Garden

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centres lose anywhere from 2% to 5% of their turnover – excluding coffee shop or restaurant takings – in customer theft on average. That’s at least £20K per million at retail value per year.” Shrinkage is measured in retail value to include the rofit margin the roduct would have made as well as business and operating costs. “It measures the true cost to the business, which isn’t just the cost of the product but the cost of everybody’s efforts to get that product onto the shelf. If it’s stolen, all of that effort is lost but the cost is still there.” The to five categories targeted b thieves haven’t changed much over the last few years, says Jeremy. Sitting at the top of list, perhaps surprisingly, is seeds and bulbs. These might be lower value items, but they tend to be small and easy to pocket – and when six packets are stolen at £2 apiece, for instance, the cost adds up. “You can steal a lot of seeds in one moment and they’re very easy to conceal. It can be £30 at retail value in one swipe.” Second on the list is hand tools, such as trowels, secateurs and loppers. These are followed by watering products – from automatic watering systems to hose connectors and sprayers – and BBQ accessories. Ta ing the fifth s ot is gifted items, like leather gloves and footwear – think Ugg boots, Hunter wellies and Yankee candles. Whilst the categories might not have changed, new COVID-19 measures being introduced over the last year has inadvertently boosted the amount stolen. “You have two types of thieves that will come into a garden centre the first t e is oe ublic who hasn’t perhaps thought about stealing but has been presented with the opportunity to steal. The second type

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is a professional thief who is selling on the products. “We’ve seen more professional thieves come into garden centres since the pandemic started. We’ve also seen the general, pilfering customers increase the number of items that they’re stealing because they might have been furloughed or lost their job. They have more opportunities because they’re wearing a face mask, so their identity is hidden and there’s less chance of them being caught.”

They have more opportunities because they’re wearing a face mask, so their identity is hidden and there’s less chance of them being caught Jeremy adds that changing product ranges have also had an impact. The closure of high street retailers boosted footfall for garden centres, bringing in new customers, and some stores expanded their ranges to accommodate a growing customer base. They introduced higher value items such as quality British wines, and these have been targeted. The impact of this hasn’t yet been felt, though. “If you sent a bill to every garden centre for £20K or £50K, then they would immediately do something about it. But customer theft is hidden – it’s not easy to identify and garden centres don’t tend to take running stock checks like national retailers do. Sometimes, they only stocktake once a year, and by then they’re a year away from when the problem might have occurred. It’s like a dripping tap.

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T h ef t Business “Garden centres have had a very good trading period in terms of turnover and more customers, so perhaps haven’t had time to deal with customer theft; but ultimately, it’s here to stay. Thieves are finding that garden centres are softer targets, with larger spaces and fewer staff per square metre; it’s easy to hide in a garden centre and to conceal products.” Fortunately, there are measures garden centres can take and ones which won’t act as barriers to customers, such as locked cabinets and behind-the-counter items. “We’ve found the most effective way of preventing customer theft is to operate and install a security tagging system; these are pedestals which stand at the entrance to detect when an item has not had its security tag removed at the till as a customer walks out with it. “Businesses that have a security tagging system supported by a tagging policy that details which tags to use on what products, plus staff training on how to approach customers when the alarm goes off (to retain the customer and keep the staff member safe) have found it to be the most effective tool. e re finding this ear, as we come to the end of the impact of the andemic, our first quarter has been absolutely overwhelming with the number of installations that we’re making in garden centres of this equipment, because it simply is the best way of preventing customer theft.” Improving customer service can also prove useful and there are a number of ways garden centres can do this, says Jeremy. The ‘10ft rule’, where a member of staff has to engage a customer if they come within 10ft of them, can help thieves feel more exposed and less anonymous. Retailers can also mark out a ‘red route’ for staff to take when walking to the staff room for their breaks. “This would cover key areas which are normally quiet, where thieves might go to put items in their pockets. A staff member would be walking through regularly and this can be quite effective in taking away the opportunity and can also help improve customer service.” CCTV can prove effective too. Jeremy recommends

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customer awareness monitors. “You’ll see yourself on the monitor above the door as you walk in, at the tills or by the customer toilets. It shows the public that there is a live, working CCTV system that has recorded you coming into the business, taking away the anonymity.” There is a cost to implementing these measures, but the cost of shrinkage outweighs this, says Jeremy. “The cost to install a security system is different in every retailer and can be very small – so, if a garden centre is losing £20K in retail value to theft, the investment pays back within a few months. Retailers can then also introduce new product ranges they wouldn’t normally as they will be able to protect and sell them.” As well as helping to reduce losses, incorporating customer theft prevention measures can also help to ensure the safest of staff members. Attacks on retail staff have reportedly surged over the last year, which we’ll be looking at in more detail in the next issue of Garden Centre Retail. ◗

ABOUT Established in 2013, the team at GCS focus on helping Garden Centres to tackle customer theft and reduce shrinkage. GCS offer loss prevention training, security tagging systems and CCTV. Their clients include most of the biggest names in the industry. GCS is also the provider of the HTA’s Security Advice Line. GCS can be contacted at 01892 300 878 or via its website. www.gcsgb.com

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COMPANY PROFILE Greenman Garden Tools

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MAKING A COMEBACK Safely preparing for the Christmas season

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This year’s Glee event is set to be a hotbed for new product innovation and thriving bestsellers, with GIMA members leading the charge ere we find out more a out what retailers can e pect to see from this broad spectrum of suppliers and manufacturers

rimus is excited to be showing over 100 new products planned for the 2022 season. Following on from the success of the Peppa Pig Best New Product and Best of British awards, Primus has some exciting new licenced products to show – including Feathers McGraw, who will be seen for the first time at lee . Steve Perry, head of marketing for Primus says: “The Primus brand is focusing on expanding everything we did right for the 2021 season and bringing it into 2022. We had so much positive reaction and feedback to Wall Art that we’re going bigger and better; with more insects, silhouettes, mirrors and even clocks.” The Bathgate team will be returning to Glee to showcase its vast horticultural range. ade with the finest ingredients and using the latest technology, Bathgate’s products are precision blended and regularly tested in the company’s onsite laboratory, ensuring consistently high quality across its full peat-free and peat-reduced compost offering. Retailers at the Bathgate stand can also find out about the brands services, including pre-priced point of sale material

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and nationwide delivery for quantities ranging from a single pallet through to a full load. Following a successful 2021, Fiskars’ commitment to supporting the nation’s vital bee population is continuing throughout 2022 thanks to a consumer incentive campaign, the launch of new products, and the extension of its partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). At Glee, Fiskars will reveal the innovative ‘Plant Seeds, Help Bees’ campaign, as well as showcase how the continued collaboration with the RHS will provide further business building opportunities for trade retailers. In addition, Fiskars will unveil its latest state-of-the-art products, including a range of harvesting products for 2022 to add to the collection of planting tools launched this year, helping to enable consumers to ‘Plant, Grow and Harvest’ with Fiskars. The company is also further enhancing its ongoing sustainability commitment, launching two new pairs of Fiskars ReNew scissors made from recycled and 100% recyclable materials.

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Capi Europe is continuing to aim for new products and collections that fit its mission of ‘grow a greener life’. For this year’s collection, this means a lot of new colours and products, with the biggest showcase being the addition of sea waste products into its CO2 neutral collection. After the launch of its 100% Organic range ‘Nature Safe’ at Glee 2019, Hygeia is now set to expand its range of child and pet safe, eco and vegan-friendly feeds for plants and lawns. The new range will have sustainably sourced, cold pressed seaweed at its heart, offering added benefits to an alread great range of organic products. With the complete range, garden retailers can fill their shelves throughout 2022 and beyond with costeffective solutions that will meet the needs of their customers and help to drive the green agenda in store. Mercer Leisure is excited to return to Glee this year, where the company will be showcasing an extensive range of garden furniture and accessories, along with some exciting new products including the new

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‘Shine A Light’ brand. Two new product launches under this brand will be the Shine A Light Emergency LED Light and The Shine A Light Explorer Camping Light. Retailers can also view Mercer Leisure’s wider portfolio of handmade Rattan and aluminum garden furniture and accessories including arasols, gas fire pit heaters and garden furniture covers. The Solar Centre will be launching its first bespoke Christmas range at Glee 2021, which will feature a range of festive shapes and sizes to suit every outdoor space. Additionally, the team will be showcasing a huge array of new products that have been added to its range over the past two years including wall lights, festoon string lights, colourchanging mood lights, and a brand-new range of contemporary anthracite grey lighting options. Completing the offering will be a brand new multi-white fairy light range with an extraordinary 1,000 LEDs, 100m long option. Timber garden products, furniture and decorative structure specialist, Zest 4 Leisure, is featuring bestsellers at Glee. Head of commercial development Simon Davison says: “There’s been an amazing response to new products such as the Chepstow, Tenby and Burghley arbours, while existing sellers like Dorset and Cheltenham arbours remain popular. They are all impressive decorative focal points, offering practical ways to enjoy outdoor space. “The herr lossom rch, influenced b the ar East, has been well received and we’re adding new products to this exciting range. GYO continues its boom and the Stepped Herb, Vertical Herb stand, and Ladder Planter are ideal for smaller spaces including patios and balconies.” The brand behind the sustainable Eco Garden range, Primeur, will be launching a new highly versatile, multi-application decking solution, as well as a number of new additions to its Tierra Verde self-watering planter offering, as well as new designs and colourways within its multiaward-winning landscaping range. Vitax will continue to showcase its bestselling ranges, including its 100% natural and plant-based, child, pet and bee friendly Organic All Purpose Plant ood, ita rganic Tomato ood, lus ita , Slug Gone and 6X. ollowing a ear which has seen demand for its unique multi-purpose soil enricher made entirely from a b roduct of the s first green gas generating plant on the Duchy of Cornwall estate near Poundbury in Dorset, rise by almost 620%, the team at Bloomin Amazing™ will use its time at Glee to tell retailers more about its offering and how ‘ no-dig’ and ‘low-input’ is helping to drive demand. inall , new member Leon Boots Co. will be making its debut at Glee, bringing with it a range of single injection moulded wellington boots which are up to 65% lighter than traditional wellington boots. or further information about , lease call 01959 564 947 or email info@gima.org.uk ◗

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GREENMAN GARDEN TOOLS Greenman has invested heavily in customer support, setting a benchmark for garden tool supply, customer service and quality

One thing we can guarantee, is that the great British public adore their gardens! During the various lockdowns, these safe havens became our sole focus and the gardening business blossomed – if you’ll pardon the pun. As we continue our slow but inexorable journey back towards normality, this passion doesn’t look like it’s wavering and that’s great news for garden centres, but unless you’re partnering with the right supplier, you could be missing out on the opportunity to grow your sales and boost your brand. Greenman Garden Tools is a fourth-generation family run business which has been supplying artisanal garden tools to the trade for decades. Over the last year, Greenman has invested heavily in its customer support which has seen it become a benchmark for garden tool supply and customer service. Sitting front and centre of the Greenman brand is Adam Greenman, greatgrandson of the founder and a man for whom garden

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tools has been part of his life since childhood. When Greenman was acquired by hardware giant Eliza Tinsley in 2020, it allowed Adam and Greenman Garden Tools to grow and flourish on a national scale all while keeping to the family values that the Greenman family had built on. Tradition is key with Greenman and the unique lipped socket that is exclusive to Greenman is not only an aesthetic joy but also offers structural integrity that few can match. Through decades of devotion, tweaking and perfecting, Greenman has continued to strive towards making the very best quality garden tools. New accounts can enjoy an onboarding pack with in-depth overviews on all product ranges, including applicable guarantees, individual contacts and marketing assets. This is the perfect training aid for

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staff and an easy reference guide moving forward. Greenman account managers are dotted around the country, offering product training and merchandising support. Greenman prides itself on its in-store presence, with standout displays combining, header boards and purpose designed stands. Informative bus stop signs have been designed to draw customers into making informed decisions. Greenman merchandising support allows customers to be confident in their purchase. New this year, Greenman has added quality packaging highlighting features and benefits and code-activated maintenance videos, adding further weight behind this impressive brand. It’s simple – when you work with Greenman, you get the expertise and knowledge of a fourth generation family tool business with the gravity, capabilities and marketing support of a large group offering extensive customer service and marketing collateral as standard. Greenman Garden Tools is always evolving and

looking at the next way to benefit the customers. ost recently, Greenman launched a partnership with the Soil Association whose morals and ethics sit perfectly with us and many prospective customers and a brand new #NoDig range of tools which will be available to our customers from September 2021 onwards. So, when considering your next tool supplier, consider the package – quality tools, quality customer service, quality buying experience, quality marketing support. Speak to Greenman today and let’s work together. CONTACT

Greenman Garden Tools, Brookfoot Mills, Elland Road, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 2RW Kendal Ernest: 07977 485 679 info@greenmangardentools.com

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CHRISTMAS COMEBACK With Christmas just around the corner, we speak to garden centres about what they have planned and what precautions they’re putting into place

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t’s fair to say that Christmas 2020 wasn’t what any of us expected. Far from the relaxed-rules Christmas we anticipated, families across the nation found tier restrictions in their stockings instead. The New Year rolled around and as we began to move out of lockdown, the nation decided Christmas wasn’t just a December 25 thing. Priory Church of St Peter in Dunstable hosted outdoor carols, a small nativity play and a visit from Father Christmas in July this year, attended by around 100 people. Meanwhile, The Greyhound Inn in Penkhull kept up its decorations, served turkey and all the trimmings to 225 people and dressed its staff in Hawaiian-themed Christmas shirts. Evidently, we’re all eager for the Christmas festivities this year. But what have garden centres got planned and how are they preparing in case we haven’t quite seen the back of lockdown restrictions? Last year, Chris Bonnett from Gardening Express urged the sector to close down for everyone’s safety, but this year as things look more positive the plan is different. “Last year we made the decision to shut Bonnetts Garden Village due to the escalating COVID-19 cases even though other garden centres chose to stay open. My priority was keeping my team and customers safe, and it was the right decision for us to take,” he explains, “I will be monitoring the situation closely this year, but don’t expect any closures over the Christmas period.” For British Garden Centres, it’s also business as usual: “British Garden Centres has always committed to the Christmas season and created a full festive experience for our customers, this year will be no different,” explains communications director Boyd Douglas-Davies. But there is some caution amongst this determination: “Our activity

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restrictions haven’t all been bad, either. “In previous years, our Santa has been so popular, attracting some long queues which not only makes it hard for social distancing, but we know it can be frustrating, especially for excited children,” explains Joanne Keen, head of employment and commercial services at NAViGO. “This year, families will be given an allotted timeslot to visit the grotto to avoid queues with time in between each booking to allow Santa’s elf to clean the area.” Grimsby Garden Centre has also launched its new website will launch, facilitating a much easier bookings for its customers and a better manageable system for its team. And, as with many businesses, the garden centre is taking the opportunity to thank frontline colleagues by continuing to offer a 10% discount to all NHS, armed forces, emergency services and North East Lincolnshire Council employees. Root One, though its predominantly plant focused, does offer lights, a limited

range of tree and table decs along with boxed cards and last year, it had sold out b end of the first wee in ecember. “Following the success with our limited

Following the success with our limited range of Christmas items last year, we have increased our spend threefold against 2020 and also 2019 range of Christmas items last year, we have increased our spend threefold against 2020 and also 2019, though we are still focused on our slim range,” explains Joanne. “We have also increased our real tree order by about 20%.” So, things are looking positive but precautionary for Christmas 2021. ◗ ©PaolaV1/Shutterstock.com

schedule is being put together at the moment but won t be confirmed until we have assessed the impact of the recent “UK unlock”. We hope to offer a number of Santa Experiences across the group.” Grimsby Garden Centre too are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst: “As much as we’re hopeful that we can go ahead with Christmas as we’ve planned, we re re ared to be fle ible to changes. The health and safety of our customers and staff and doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 remains our priority.” To reduce risks, all of Grimsby Garden Centre’s events will require advanced booking with a limited capacity to allow for social distancing and cleaning times between sessions. These events include a Santa’s Grotto from November 27 and its popular Breakfast with Santa events on 23 and 24 of December in its new eatery The Potting Shed. The changes carried in alongside

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How do garden centres choose their Christmas ranges so far in advance? The buyers for Haskins and Dobbies provide some insight into predicting the trends a whole year ahead of the festivities

anicked shoppers, outlandish jumpers and a fridge full of every cheese under the sun can only mean one thing – Christmas is just around the corner. But whilst we’re all busy preparing for the big day, up to our ears in wra ing a er and fir needles, retail buyers are already looking ahead to the following festive season. For southern chain Haskins Garden Centres, gift and seasonal buyer Michelle Martin starts preparing as early as October, previewing some of the suppliers’ ranges and seeing what the trends are going to be for next Christmas. Selecting the products, though, starts in December and January as Michelle works towards the suppliers’ deadlines, which

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are typically the end of March. “It’s a quick turnaround,” says Michelle. “At Haskins, I buy the whole department, so it takes quite a long time to get all the themes and generate the orders.” Nationwide garden retail giant Dobbies begins equally as early for the chain’s busiest time of year. “From mince pies to garlands, there is lots to coordinate so we usually start planning for Christmas around 18 months ahead of launch,” says Lynsey Abbott, senior buyer for outdoor living and Christmas. Preparing so far in advance is partly down to those early supplier deadlines, but also because predicting potential bestsellers takes a bit of research. “[Part of the decision is based] on previous

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history,” says Michelle. “We’re quite critical of ourselves when we look for opportunities, so we’ll take a look at what we have done before – what worked well and what didn’t. Maybe 20% to 30% of our range is repeats, such as a pack of baubles in traditional red, but we try to bring freshness to the majority of the range.” Michelle doesn’t just look internally for fresh ideas. She looks to other retailers, to suppliers, but also to magazines to see what the trends are outside of Christmas. She then marries these together to create Haskins’ theme. “We like to cherry pick – rather than just looking at a supplier and saying we want to do their theme as a whole, we take bits from it and create our own stories.”

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The underlying theme, though, is that it’s still quite traditional. “We’ve got to think of our end customer, so we always have reds and golds and silvers – it’s how you put those together to try to offer something different each year. For example, we might do red and gold but add a dark blue so that the whole concept looks different and fresh.” Lynsey explains Dobbies is always on the lookout for innovative ideas and products to excite customers, beginning its selection process more than a year in advance and creating new themes based on “interior trends, but also forecasting our customers buying behaviour”.

Trade shows are an excellent way to explore the latest emerging trends and investigate how different outlets are interpreting them “Each year’s theme is chosen with our customers in mind. Determining an appropriate theme is a group effort; all product categories, marketing and the online team are involved. We also work with trend forecasting companies like to ensure our themes reflect what matters to our customers. What’s most important is that our products are on trend, whilst also catering for all budgets and styles.” Like Haskins, Dobbies also includes successes from previous Christmases. “Although we continually work to forecast the latest trends and the next season must-haves, rejuvenating old favourites is a key part of our Christmas range.” Haskins has also become known for its jaw-dropping displays for the festive season. An external company is brought in to install larger items, such as the central 15ft Christmas tree in each of its stores and the outdoor lighting. But Michelle says the garden retailer has tried to engage its staff more over the years to take ownership of the displays. The decorating usually starts in September, and Haskins has avoided temptation to move this earlier in the year, whilst some big department stores and high street retailers opening their 

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Christmas stores as early as July. “We always try to keep it to September because gardening is still quite important towards the autumn; we’re a garden centre and we try to keep that element for as long as we can before we introduce Christmas,” explains Michelle. About a third of Haskins is dedicated to Christmas, though, by December. This has grown over the years, says Michelle, with the introduction of Christmas products into other departments of the store, such as pet and candles. Whilst the range might have grown, there are products that Haskins will avoid, with sustainability now playing a part in these decisions. “We’ve stopped selling fake snow, for instance, until something more sustainable comes along. It can be quite challenging, and we’re not there yet – we’ve reduced the amount of products we buy which have glitter on them” – something which Dobbies has also committed to – “but it’s not entirely gone. It’s trying to give customers a choice so they can see that

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we have alternatives if they want to buy these instead.” Other than taking sustainability into account when ruling out products, Haskins also aims to offer a “point of difference”, providing value for money without going too “downmarket”. “It’s trying to get that balance. We probably do have a ceiling – if we retailed a bauble at £50, for example, it wouldn’t necessarily sell, whereas it would in Harrods. So, it’s about knowing your customer – we want to inspire our customers to buy some higher priced items, but the majority of our range sits in the middle.” The biggest challenge for Christmas buyers, as you might expect, is predicting customer trends and buying habits a year in advance. Unlike other categories which can be topped up little and often, Christmas needs to be committed to early. “It’s a bit of a gamble,” says Michelle, who has been buying Christmas for Haskins for more than 10 years. “You might decide to not go heavy on a product which then sells early, but others you think will be a really good seller and they’re not. It’s about taking a risk but being cautious at the same time. ” Did looking ahead to this Christmas, with the threat of a third lockdown before the last one, make Michelle more cautious? “Last year, we had to take out some of the risks, so we decided to leave some of the quirkier items and play it quite safe. Whilst it was still great and we had a good Christmas, we maybe missed that element of being a point of difference. So, this year

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we have gone even bigger on that. Being cautious last year has made us want to enhance our quirkiness, if you like.” Michelle also saw the pandemic have an impact on the types of products

Unlike other categories which can be topped up little and often, Christmas needs to be committed to early people were buying and in a positive way. One of its sellers, for instance, was outdoor lighting. “People were staying at home and could only meet outside, so they decorated the outside of their houses. That was definitel a trend last year and one we’re now building on for this year. “Once people start investing in something, they are going to reuse the items and then add to them. We ran out of some product lines, like icicle lights, quite early because in previous years we didn’t sell that many. So, this year, we’ll back this category more because people couldn’t get hold of them last year.” So, rather than the pandemic – and the uncertainty it brings – causing garden retailers to hold back this year, it looks as though they will be making up for any lost time and opportunities missed last year. This Christmas is set to be big and bold and we’re on board. ◗

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G l ee Interview

10-MINUTES WITH

MATTHEW MEIN The Glee event director shares what visitors can expect from this year’s show

How does it feel to be holding the event inperson this year? It feels great to be back! The absence of events has been hugely felt across the industry, so being able to relaunch our platform that enables suppliers and retailers to meet face-to-face in order to network, discuss new product development and access unrivalled trend information to help build their business is an invaluable resource, and one I know our sector has missed. Of course, reopening events in the current climate does present additional pressures and ensuring the safety and security of everyone involved in Glee is a huge responsibility. However, we are incredibly lucky to be supported by an industry which has lobbied hard to ensure that exhibitions can reopen safely, working closely with the government to put in place guidelines that will work to reduce the risk of transmission on-site, offering peace of mind to those that attend. It’s a lot of work but necessary for the longterm future of exhibitions such as Glee. What are the biggest changes we can expect to this year’s event? After a two-year absence, we have not made any major changes to the show. Instead, we have wanted to ensure that the core elements for business growth

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– products, trends and education, and networking – are all represented and that those visiting, or exhibiting, are able to rea the benefits. As always, Glee will offer visitors a free three-day seminar programme – organised in conjunction with the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) – within the dedicated seminar theatre, The Stage. This programme will provide an enriched programme of expert business and garden retail advice to help grow your business through challenging trading conditions. This content will be derived from extensive industry research and is set to tackle key talking points, struggles and successes,

Glee will, once again, be a celebration of the best products and best practice on both the supply and retail side that our industry has to offer including topics such as making the garden retail industry attractive as an employment destination, peat regulations, online and offline business strategies and the shifting demographics of customers and how to connect with them. Glee will, once again, be a celebration of the best products and best practice on both the supply and retail side that our industry has to offer, and the forthcoming edition of the show will incorporate

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two major industry awards ceremonies which reflect this. For suppliers, there is the GTN sponsored New Product Awards, which celebrate the best new product innovations as well as tried and tested favourites which have stood the test of time. This year’s awards will see shortlisted entries make their pitch to the judging panel on 14 and 15 September, These will also be livestreamed, giving any buyers watching the chance to add their questions to the judges. The best of garden retailing will also be celebrated at Glee with the prestigious – and revamped for this year – Buyers Power List for 2021, to be held on Wednesday 15 September. The awards recognise the individual buyers and buying teams who have gone above and beyond to make a difference within the garden retail industry this year. All of the content sessions, and the New Product Awards pitching process, will be streamed and available on demand, ensuring that everyone that wants to access The Stage, can do so. Will there be COVID-safe measures in place? Glee and the other exhibitions in the Hyve famil benefit from a unique resource – Ian Solomon, operations director. Ian has been instrumental in working with our industry associations alongside the government to create a safe and secure route to reopening events and continues to do so as we move further out of

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lockdown. Glee’s Safe and Secure measures will take into account all elements of the show including pre-, during and post show. The biggest measure we are putting in place will be the COVID-19 Status Checks. This means that all visitors and exhibitors at Glee 2021 will be asked to provide proof of completion of a full course of vaccination two-weeks prior to arrival; or proof of negative lateral flow test ta en within 48 hours of arrival; or proof of natural immunity shown by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19. Wider measures onsite will include access to hand sanitiser and increased cleaning regimes, particularly in high traffic touch oints, lus three metre wide aisles to allow for more comfortable movement around the event and contactless registration of visitors at entry points. Additionally, building on the experience gained when constructing and operating the NHS Nightingale Birmingham facility, the has u graded all the filter media within the ventilation systems to high efficienc media, which was the standard s ecified b niversit os itals irmingham Trust. Glee will also be a mask-friendly event. Whilst not currently government legislation to wear masks, Glee will be

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encouraging all exhibitors, contractors, and visitors to consider wearing masks, especially when in any enclosed or crowded spaces. Exhibitors have also been given a wealth of advice regarding how to ensure that their exhibition stands remain compliant, including guidance on stand la out, data ca ture, staffing and displaying product effectively.

inall , as the central networ ing hub for the garden retail industry, Glee will once again play host to vital trade associations, including GIMA – which will be running its GIMA Buyer Connect event – the HTA, Gardenex and the GCA, all of which will be welcoming existing and potential new members for the duration of the show, offering invaluable advice and expertise to those who need it.

What will be the biggest highlights of Glee 2021? This year’s Glee will be an accumulation of two years of hard work and determination from suppliers across the garden retail sector. There will be more new products under one roof than there have been at any time since 2019, as well as over 100 new brands making their debut at

Which garden trends for next spring should visitors be looking out for? With three million new gardeners said to have joined our ranks during lockdown, we’ll be expecting to see more products that meet their needs – so products that make gardening easier or provide instant gratification. arden tech and those products designed to enhance outdoor leisure time are also expected to build on their popularity founded in 2020. With gardens becoming our safe havens, there is a clear upward trend in the products that make our outdoor spaces a place where we can relax, grow, exercise and extend our living space into the great outdoors.

This year’s Glee will be an accumulation of two years of hard work and determination from suppliers across the garden retail sector the show. All this newness will certainly arm retailers with something to help differentiate their offering in 2022. Of course, leading brands will also be returning to Glee, helping to create an unrivalled showcase of what the garden retail sector has to offer. Whether representing an independent or multiple garden centre chain, a DIY store, high street store or e-commerce site, Glee will have something for everyone, from grassroots to established brands. The Innovators Zone will return to help to nurture fledging roduct develo ment and one-off design ideas, whilst also bridging the gap between market-ready new product launches from established companies and pre-commercial product ideas and concepts.

Will any aspects of Glee be addressing sustainability in the industry? Sustainability is a huge focus of the garden retail sector and we will ensure that this is reflected at lee this ear. The biggest display of this will be the new-for-2022 Sustainability Tour, where retailers are taken on a journey around the show, with key ‘sustainable’ brands featured along the way. On gleebirmingham.com, exhibitors can also clearl flag e their environmental credentials relating to everything from ac aging and roduct material benefits such as recycled/recyclable, plastic-free, compostable and plant based, to details on ethical approach to business practices and environmental impact. This in turn helps retailers who plan their journey in advance of the exhibition to source products and suppliers which meet the growing consumer demand for products with a conscience. ◗

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PTMD COLLECTION Independent design house exclusively for the independents

PTMD Collection is an independent design house exclusively for the independents. With a boundless love for innovation and craftsmanship, this Dutch lifestyle brand travels all over the world to collaborate with exceptional artists to create their signature rebellious luxury aesthetic. With a vast collection of thousands of unique products and an innovative retailing shop concept, PTMD is an industry trailblazer and is certainl one to watch for those seeking the latest trends in gardening and home styling. The PTMD Collection lifestyle brand is characterised by high quality appearance at affordable prices. Small cacti pots meet large specimen vessels, dramatic botanical light sculptures and carefully designed faux botanical. wing to their roducer s specialist technical skills, the collection has a distinctive

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character and offers a point of difference. By using simple, robust and pure materials, PTMD products have a naturall warm and characterful appearance. The PTMD Style Shop is a unique Dutch lifestyle concept for garden centre retail. It presents a vast collection of 8,000 lifestyle designs, including thousands of interior plant pots. The garden centre buyers can handpick their selection for their concept shop. This concept is designed to support cross category selling by enhancing sales in the houseplant category with its irresistibl tactile pot collection and provides a platform to modernise garden centres’ home and lifestyle category. tmos heric and alwa s current, its successful retail model boasts excellent sell through. Working in artnershi with established garden centres across the

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UK and Ireland, PTMD collaborates with centres to design a bespoke lifestyle space to suit their business. In addition to their modern shop furniture and merchandising by their Dutch styling team, PTMD and The Orangery provide complementary space planning service to position their t le ho s with the aim of enhancing cross category sales. To ensure the collection alwa s loo s in st le the launch 4,000 limited edition NPD every six months, so that there is alwa s something new to offer customers. These are designed in line with current interior trends which continue to maintain the performance of the concept shop. PTMD’s houseplant pot collection is a collision of contrasts. PTMD has been creating unique houseplant pots since 1992. With a collection spanning across thousands of exclusive unique

designs, its irresistibly tactile collection embraces utilitarian angled faceted pots in matted neon pastel shades meet polished candied reactive glaze vessels offset amongst minimalist brushed steel planters and metallic reptilian imprinted surfaces. PTMD’s team of in-house floral artists carefull curate their best-selling faux botanical catalogue. In a seasonally evolving collection of over 500 dried and faux designs, their floral artists utilise their wealth of horticultural expertise, developing a selection that reflects the true form of each plant to ensure maximally convincing pieces. CONTACT

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10. Homewares, Giftware, Toys & Games, and Clothing 11. Retail Services & Experiences (Physical and digital) 12. Pet Food 13. Pet Health & Beauty 14. Pet Accessories Plus: • Best of British co nitiative • Overall Best New Product What else is on The Stage? This year’s seminar theatre will be operating a reduced agenda in order to allow for buyers to concentrate on buying at the show. With that in mind, the discussions will focus on the big issues that the industr faces. n artnershi with the HTA, The Stage will see several leading industr figures discuss the issues that matter. The industry has been through significant change, and it s showing no signs of slowing down. However, one of the big questions the industry faces is how to build garden retail as an industry that attracts and retains talent? Additionally, the industry according to the HTA has attracted three million new gardeners, supposedly affording retailers a golden opportunity, but the ongoing questions around engaging with them both in instore and online, how to continue to take advantage of this outdoor living trend is something that some retailers are doing better than others. And then there’s the discussion around peat. That said, all of the change in the last two years can leave business owners, and their employees alike, heading towards burn out. Glee’s partner Perennial will host a discussion on how to best manage and support those within your business that need the most help. The Stage will host discussions and provide insight into the issues driving the industry now. ◗

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