The new Pantone collection from Briers

pantone_berry_allotmentbox-01An exciting addition for retailers & consumer alike

 When you think of Briers, you think of a brand at the forefront of delivering beautiful trend-led collections. The company’s latest addition is set to cement this reputation even further as it brings to market a stunning Pantone garden accessory range.  Continue reading

Garden Re-Leaf: Fundraising ideas for garden centres

garden-re-leafThe sixth annual Greenfingers Garden Re-Leaf Day will take place nationally on the 17th March 2017, with many events continuing throughout the weekend.  The 24hr Plant-athon, which was a runaway success last year, is being rolled out to more garden centres, and the Garden Re-Leaf Walk boasts a huge uptake in registrations and aims to be both more inclusive and challenging.  Continue reading

Free garden advice for Cambridge walkers

greenfingers-hornbywhitefoot-prWant to enjoy a unique spring walk through Cambridge, visiting Jesus College and our Botanic Gardens, raise funds for charity and, at the same time, get free gardening advice along the route? Well, all that’s possible thanks to an invitation by Scotsdales Garden Centre to join six members of staff; Peter Jackson, BBC Radio Cambridge gardening expert; and walking teams from their expert gardening suppliers on the 10 mile or 20 mile routes from their Horningsea site to a finishing line at Great Shelford. Continue reading

GIMA Invests in Trends Content for Members

gima-logo-2015GIMA has announced that they will be investing in future trends content for its members, and from February this year are giving its members access to WGSN Insight & Lifestyle and Interiors content.   WSGN is a leading authority on predicting future trends in consumer habits, retail and merchandising and lifestyle and fashion trends.  As a trusted authority it’s used by leading global brands around the world.  Continue reading

2016 GIMA Innovator’s Seed Corn Fund winners, Vivagreen: six months later & thriving

hornby-whitefoot-prThe third winners of the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund (GISCF) were Vivagreen; receiving this industry accolade due to the simplicity and effectiveness of its MossOff product.  Since receiving the award at Glee 2016, six months have passed – a long time in the world of business. Here we catch up with Vivagreen’s co-owner, Russell Walsh, to find out more about how the GISCF award has helped business. Continue reading

Glee 2017: driving year-round sales

PrintWith so many recent sales campaigns geared towards Christmas, February is indeed the big comedown when customers often tighten their belts and the ‘urge to splurge’ dramatically declines. Now with the wider offering garden retail affords, businesses can use this traditionally quiet time of year as the ideal opportunity to maximise year-round sales and encourage footfall with a particular emphasis on driving profits in the post-Christmas slump. The perfect place to tap into such an opportunity will be at Glee (11-13 September, NEC Birmingham), which already promises to be the place to be in 2017 to see inspirational products, displays and top name brands. Continue reading

Losing our patience

laptop-skin-1When Roger Federer won a record 18th Grand Slam last week, he was asked in a post-match interview what he thought was the reason for him beating his greatest rival Rafael Nadal in an epic Australian Open final. Going into the match, Nadal had been the favourite to win with a 23-12 head-to-head against Federer. No denying that the Spanish warrior is – or at least was – the only player to un-pick Federer’s flawless game and get inside his head. He’d done it many times before and it was expected that history would repeat itself in Melbourne. Continue reading