GIMA AGM & Day Conference: Dobbies, Disruption & Megatrends

The forthcoming GIMA AGM and Day Conference is set to focus on three main themes – Dobbies, Disruption and Megatrends, together offering an insightful view into the current garden retail landscape.

10th April, Ettington Chase, Warwickshire, CV37 7NZ

Providing a full day’s schedule of thought leadership, the Day Conference will be a must-attend for anyone wanting to stay ahead in this competitive marketplace.


Headlining the Conference will be Marcus Eyles, the Horticultural Director at Dobbies Garden Centres. With 38 stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, Dobbies remains one the leading garden centre chains, and during his presentation Marcus will be taking delegates on a journey as he outlines what Dobbies will be doing to develop the market going forward. Martin’s session will also highlight how Dobbies work collaboratively with suppliers to create opportunities in the marketplace.


The second speaker will be Steve Collinge, MD of Insight Retail Group Ltd, and Executive Editor of Insight DIY. In a special session entitled ‘The UK Gardening Industry – futureproof or ripe for disruption?’ Steve will tap into his knowledge garnered from a 30-year career at the likes of LG Harris, Spear & Jackson, Cuprinol and Akzo Nobel Dulux, to look at the ways that our industry can prep itself for the unknown, as well as recognising its strength in a time of retail turmoil.


The effect of consumer-facing megatrends upon the gardening of tomorrow will be studied in Philip Benton’s session. As Research Manager for Euromonitor International’s Home & Tech division, Philip will outline the latest ‘megatrends’ and will explain how they have the power to transform and disrupt entire product categories. In his presentation, Philip will draw from Euromonitor’s Home and Garden research to present how the gardening market is being shaped by these global drivers.


GIMA’s Director, Vicky Nuttall said: “As a leading trade association, we recognise that we have a responsibility to our members to provide a platform for discussion and thought leadership. Our Day Conferences are an important part of this and are designed to combine unrivalled networking opportunities and relevant educational content.  The forthcoming event has been put together to educate, inspire and arm those who attend with the right knowledge and skills to navigate the many external pressures and changes that will affect our industry in both the short and long-term. I’ve no doubt it’ll be yet another enjoyable day. I look forward to welcoming all those that join us.”


GIMA’s AGM will also take place on April 10th. This closed event is open to full GIMA members only and will see the election of the honorary roles for the 2019/20 session.


Attending the GIMA day Conference couldn’t be easier.  Simply book on-line at or contact the GIMA team to book your place.  Tickets are available for £60 + VAT for GIMA members, and £120 + VAT for non-members.  Prices include refreshments and buffet lunch.




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Notes to Editors

About GIMA

The Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) is a membership organisation representing the majority share of suppliers and manufacturers operating within the UK gardening industry.

Formed in 1999, its goal is to promote the commercial, trading and industrial interests of UK and EU based companies supplying the UK garden industry.

Run by a small team of dedicated professionals, and governed by a council of members, GIMA is funded by membership subscriptions and services.

The range of services and support provided for members is extensive, offering something for all members, regardless of their size or heritage