Still time to join the new Glee Discovery Tour

Introduced ahead of the 2018 show, Glee’s new guided Discovery Tours will provide a fresh insight into the show’s extensive catalogue of content, features, educational seminars and inspirational retail displays. With spaces filling up fast for the daily tours, interested parties are urged to sign up now to avoid missing out.  Continue reading

Why garden centres should visit Fordingbridge at Glee

Following the success of last year’s show, Fordingbridge, the leading specialist design and build contractors of inspiring canopy, walkway and building solutions, will be returning to Glee (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham) to demonstrate the benefits of its robust and hardwearing designs to suit a wide range of garden retail environments. Continue reading

Winter braking: advice from the market leaders, LUMAG

With winter comes all manner of changeable weather. Our vehicles take on a lot during this time, and that includes our brakes.  With a vital role to play in keeping us safe on the roads, and a volume product for factors, we catch up with Colin Smit, Managing Director of Lumag, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of OE quality brake pads, to find out more about the seasonality of these commodity products. Continue reading

Six ways to sell out your event!

So, you’re organising events in your garden centre, that’s great! But how do you make sure your events will be sold out long before it’s scheduled? Garden Connect has been helping garden centres to sell tickets online for many years – and has also recently launched a new and innovative ticketing service for garden centres – here the team share its six secret tips to ensuring a full house at any event. Continue reading

Retail Lab at Glee themes explained – Pets

This year, the Retail Lab – one of Glee’s leading trend-led features, created in association with the HTA – will focus on “Happy Gardening”, as well as the changing consumer purchasing patterns and delve into the many ways that gardening can enhance our lives. The innovative and interactive show feature will be split into five key areas of trends and insightful knowledge. Here we explore one of the key themes of the Retail Lab, “Pets” and how garden centres can capitalise on the increasing “pet-pound” trend. Continue reading

Beat the slugs the natural and chemical-free way with ecofective®

When it comes to pests, one of the most common and rampant nemesis to the UK gardener is the slug, which eat and destroy many a garden plant or seedling.  Wet weather over the winter and spring has provided ideal conditions for slugs to thrive, with the RHS calling 2018 a ‘bumper year’ for slug infestations in UK gardens.  With the wetter weather moving in to the country following the prolonged heatwave, slugs will now on the increase as we heard into the autumn months. Continue reading