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

How to avoid queues at your Christmas Grotto?

It’s only August but at Garden Connect we’re already looking forward to Christmas! ‘The most wonderful time of year’, Christmas is also one of the busiest times of year for garden centres with many events and special dinners taking place, not to mention the grand opening of the annual Christmas Grotto. All of this activity means one thing – more customers instore looking to secure tickets or to join in with these festive events. With long queues inevitable – and for many, a seasonal frustration – Garden Connect has created a solution that will help to streamline the ticketing process.  Continue reading

Futureproof year-round sales with Fordingbridge

Snow, rain, wind and sun – there is one thing that is predictable in the UK and that is the unpredictability of our weather. In an industry that is reliant on good weather to help drive customers instore, it’s safe to say that the garden centre sector spends more than its fair share of time looking to the skies. But what if there was an alternative solution? One that enables garden centres to maximise their entire retail footprint all year-round, no matter what the season? Continue reading

GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund

As activity ramps up for Glee 2018, GIMA (The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association) is encouraging new business and innovators to consider entering the 2018 GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund, with this year’s winner being unveiled at the annual exhibition for the garden and outdoor leisure industries (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham).    Continue reading