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The Bransford Webbs Plant Company announced a change in the ownership of the company in order to ensure the security of the business. Will Tooby, the current chairman, whose father established the business, has been keen to secure the future of the company, whilst retaining an interest in a nursery he cares deeply about. By reducing his shareholding, he has taken a partial step away from the business, but remains Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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Thompson & Morgan has won another international award for its innovative Sunflower SunBelievable ‘Brown Eyed Girl’. Initial trials of the long-flowering sunflower in Japan have proven hugely successful prior to its launch in the early summer of 2019. The plant was well received at the horticultural industry show, Flower Trial Japan 2018, and was placed second in the Outstanding Performance Award category.



Glee organisers have confirmed that the 2019 event will take place on Tuesday 10th – Thursday 12th September. The simple act of moving Glee one day later in the week has been decided upon due to increasing demand from the show’s retail visitors. Visitor trends in recent years have hinted at the popularity of the show days later in the week and following a period of consultation with both suppliers/manufacturers and retail partners the move to a Tuesday-Thursday format has been confirmed.

The Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association has announced that SOLEX organiser Phil Gibbs has left his position as Secretary of the Association after seven years. Mark Osborne, LOFA’s Chairman, said:“We would like to thank Phil for all his endeavours during his time with us and we wish him every success for the future.” With a new look board of Directors, LOFA is exploring new opportunities to enhance the benefits to its members and the UK furniture and outdoor market.

Richard Pyrah, AMES UK Group Sales Director, has announced the promotion of Al Sheppard to the role of Sales Director with responsibility for developing the garden centre channel for all the AMES UK businesses and the appointment of Scott McCabe who has also joined the garden centre team. “Al has been driving garden centre sales alongside me for the last three years, and with over 30 years of experience in the industry, he brings a wealth of expertise to our growing business.”

The Stewarts Garden Centre in Christchurch has appointed a new Catering Manager. Jeremy Wilson from Ferndown joins a team of 40 full and part time catering staff to manage the popular Coffee Shop within the centre. His 30 years’ experience in catering management has included large restaurants, managing brands for both Whitbread and Mitchells and Butler.


Jackson’s ‘boutique’ Garden Centre in North Wales celebrated 50 years of business this year with fundraising activities and a celebration dinner. Robert Kingham said: “Our centre has been celebrating its 50th Anniversary of the founding of the business by my wife’s parents Stan and Marj Jackson. During all of our 50 years we have been fortunate to have increased our sales year on year, and this year so far has been our best ever.”

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VegTrug Limited has appointed two additional team members to support growth – Rebecca de Winter as Inside Sales Manager, and Petrus Lahm as Sales Representative. Rebecca said “I am looking forward to playing a key part in VegTrug’s expansion in to Europe. We are poised to grow the business successfully and create lasting relationships with customers. I am excited for this new career venture.”

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