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For years, GrootGroenPlus has worked on the content side of the visitor's program. And that is also the case this year. However, the participants will also get a stronger, more central position this year, both when it comes to PR and at the trade show itself. Participants will get the opportunity to present themselves even better, and making a lot of valuable contacts in just a few days will be made much easier.

Read more: Participant Plays Central Role During GrootGroenPlus 2016

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Coöperatieve Rabobank De Zuidelijke Baronie U.A. in Zundert has renewed the sponsorship agreement for another three years. This had already been announced during the anniversary edition of GrootGroenPlus 2015. On Wednesday 5 October, during the 27th edition of the trade fair, John Oostvogels (Rabobank), David Bömer, and Wendy Vervaart will officially sign all the related documents.

Read more: Rabobank Renews Sponsorship Agreement GrootGroenPlus


Britain’s vote for Brexit has not lead to any significant slowdown in consumer spending according to a recent report published this week by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. While GfK have recorded consumer confidence falling to its lowest point for more than 26 years in July, the immediate impact of this on UK consumer purchasing behaviour has been slight according to the BRC.

Read more: Consumer Spending Remains Stable in the UK

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THE GARDEN Centre Association (GCA) has recently revealed its area award winners during presentations held at member garden centres.

Awards were presented to garden centres in the North Thames, North West, South Thames, Wales & West, Midlands and North East regions with the winners in Scotland and Northern Ireland to be announced on August 31.

Read more: Garden Centre Association Announces UK Area Award Winners

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SALTEX 2016’s all-encompassing and free-to-attend LEARNING LIVE programme is set to explore what impact leaving the European Union will have on the industry, when the exhibition opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham on the 2 and 3 November.

Read more: SALTEX to Address Brexit Impact on Industry

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Massey Ferguson, a worldwide brand of AGCO (NYSE:AGCO), reports that enthusiastic crowds turned out to see the historic ’70 Tractors for 70 Years’ parade through the streets of the City of Coventry on 30 July.

The cavalcade and display of machines old and new was staged by Culture Coventry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of production of the iconic Ferguson TE20 tractor. In July 1946, the first Ferguson TE20 tractor, affectionately known as the ‘Little Grey Fergie’, rolled off the assembly line at its former Banner Lane manufacturing plant in Coventry in the UK.

Read more: Spectacular Pageant of 70 Tractors Marks 70th Anniversary of the Coventry Produced Ferguson TE20

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Over 1,000 nurserymen, garden centre operators, landscapers, groundsmen, arborists and other professionals from the leisure horticulture industry gathered at the annual GLAS horticulture trade exhibition, held at Dublin’s Citywest Convention Centre.

Supported by Bord Bia, GLAS showcased the best in leisure horticulture, plants, products, machinery and services.

Read more: GLAS Horticulture Trade Show Growing Rapidly

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The starting signal for the New Messe Essen was given on May 2, 2016. The comprehensive modernisation of the fair site in Essen with an investment volume of around Euro 90 million is in full swing. For IPM ESSEN 2017, that will mean: Halls 9 and 9.1 will be dispensed with.

Read more: New Site Structure at IPM ESSEN 2017 Convinces Exhibitors

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Everything is coming up roses for two Greenmount Horticulturalist students who have made it through to the final seven of the Worldskills UK Landscaping Competition.

Shea McFerran from Larne, and Jonathan Long from Donegal, are now sharpening their spades and secateurs for the three-day final of the world’s largest vocational skills competition at Birmingham NEC in November.

Read more: The Sweet Smell of Success for Greenmount’s Green-Fingered Horticulturalists


Carbon Gold, the UK's leading biochar company, has hired Alfie Jackson as commercial manager to increase Carbon Gold's presence in the commercial horticulture industry.

Having previously worked in both buying and growing roles at companies including Suttons Consumer Products and Modiform UK, Alfie offers valuable sector insight that will support Carbon Gold's drive to promote its products to the commercial grower market in the UK and Europe.

Read more: Carbon Gold Welcomes New Commercial Manager

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The staff of Hipperholme based decorative aggregates and bird box suppliers, Deco-Pak, joined over 1,600 runners in a 5k colour run to raise money for Overgate Hospice in Elland.

The event took place on the 9th July in Saville Park, Halifax, for which the Deco-Pak team were required to run 5k whilst being pelted with multi-coloured powder by supporters.

Read more: Deco-Pak Manager Raises £1,000 for Late Mother’s Hospice

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SALES in non-traditional categories at garden centres across the country were up during June (2016) but due to wet weather traditional categories were down according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.

Read more: Non-Traditional Categories Shine Despite Weather in June


As the 26th edition of trade fair GrootGroenPlus approaches, more parts of the program are announced. This edition will take place from 5 - 7 October. This year's theme, 'My Favourite Plant!' offers a lot of room for in-depth knowledge about plants, assortment, and sharing knowledge.

Read more: 26th Edition GrootGroenPlus About Plants and Sharing Knowledge


Salad crops with a farm gate value of €26 million are grown every year in Ireland, in a sector which provides employment for more than 500 people. Crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lettuce are grown for use mainly in salads, and what could taste better or be fresher than local produce?

Read more: Salad Crops in Ireland


Whilst the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union has led to currency volatility and declining consumer confidence across the UK and Europe, the past week has seen some signs of stabilisation as Britain’s exit strategy is broached at European level.

Read more: Signs of Stabilisation for UK Market


Plantarium is the leading international tree nursery trade fair.

Participants from 15 different countries and trade visitors from 48 countries underline the international nature of the fair and make Plantarium the leading wholesale market for tree nursery products in Europe.

Read more: Plantarium 2016: 24 - 27 August


Bord Bia will highlight the strengths of the Quality Assurance and Origin Green programmes in its engagement with UK food buyers and retailers, following the recent Brexit vote. The underlying objective is to consolidate Ireland`s position in the UK market, and to manage the short and medium term challenges to manufacturers and producers in our most important export destination.

Read more: Bord Bia to Highlight Ireland’s Quality Assurance and Sustainability Credentials to UK Food Buyers


Marketing continues to get more complicated as new social media marketing tools continue to be developed and the consumer becomes more acquainted and confident with social media. The challenge for many business owners is to keep up with a more demanding consumer, the answer may be to go back to basics and get “on your bike” to quote the old English saying.

Read more: Marketing 2016…On Your Bike - John Stanley

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The European Prize for Urban Public Space is a biennial competition organized by seven European institutions with the aim to recognize and encourage the recovery projects and defense of public space in our cities. The Prize, created in 2000, celebrates its ninth award in 2016.

Read more: European Prize for Urban Public Space: 2016


The HTA National Plant Show has won the accolade of ‘Exhibition of the Year’ at the Trade Association Forum 2016 Best Practice Awards which took place in London on 6 July.

The show, which takes place in June, brings together growers and retailers to showcase the best plant production from UK nurseries. A sell-out event this year the show has gone from strength to strength and is recognised as a key date in the horticultural calendar.

Read more: HTA National Plant Show Wins at Trade Association Forum 2016 Best Practice Awards


As a consultant to retailers for over 40 years, I have to admit one of my sins. I was pro adding music into the retail environment. As human beings we hate silence and if we do experience silence we start making some sort of noise…silence is deafening.

Read more: Music…Time To Tone It Down - John Stanley


Keeping up with what is happening in the garden retail category is confusing at present.

One report was published just before the Chelsea Flower Show based on work done by the RHS which showed that in the UK Millennials and Gen X were not gardening due to the lack of guidance from their parents.

Read more: The Garden Retail Category…Full Of Confusion - John Stanley


Local is very much being used more in conversation, but what is “local”? According to the dictionary, local means “existing in or belonging to the area where you live, or to the area that you are talking about.”

Read more: Love Local…Make It A Strategy, Not An Idea - John Stanley

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Acer shirasawanum 'Munn 001' (Moonrise) surprises everyone with its spectacular colours. The new leaves are bright red when they emerge in spring, forming a wonderful contrast with the fresh yellowy-green leaves.

Read more: Novelties at Plantarium 2016


We maintain a set of statistics on gardening and the industries that support it.  For instance, did you know that over two-thirds of British adults visit a garden centre every year?  Did you know that the combined area of the UK's domestic gardens is roughly the same as the whole of Somerset?

Read more: Garden Industry FAQs


On Friday 26 August, Plantarium and the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society will be holding a seminar which focuses entirely on the assortment. Every hour, a brief assortment-related presentation will be given by one of the six guest speakers from home and abroad.

Read more: Assortment on Stage at Plantarium 2016


It is not too late to sign up for Plant Retailing – Fit for the Future at Ball Colegrave which takes place for a second year this July, looking at the future of plant retailing.

Garden retailers and growers are once again invited to attend the free HTA event, taking place during the Ball Colegrave Summer Showcase on Tuesday 12 July from 10.30am – 3:15pm, Milton Road, Banbury OX17 3EY.

Read more: Sign up for Plant Retailing – Fit for the Future


A one day workshop aimed at established retail owners and senior management, by John Stanley.

Established retailers have seen the market mature; what they did in the past will not work in the future and new ways of developing the business need to be considered. This workshop provides an “ideas tool kit” to allow mature retail businesses to grow in the future.

Read more: New Workshop: Retailing – Navigating The Future - John Stanley

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Royal FloraHolland is to support the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) 2017 as Headline Partner.

The awards recognise best practice in horticultural production by the top ornamental production nurseries from around the globe, celebrating the expertise and energy they give to horticulture.

Read more: Aiph Igoty 2017 Signs Royal Floraholland As Headline Partner


There have been a number of articles about the demise of the florist in recent weeks. Florists seem to be hit by the changes that are taking place in retailing and those that have stuck to the old model have seen a decline in sales. Those that reinvent themselves are finding a new market.

Read more: Florists Need to Reinvent Themselves - John Stanley


Add a new dimension to your garden this July with nectar-rich plants which support butterflies, the Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) ‘Plant of the Moment’ theme for July.

There are a huge range of bedding plants, perennials, flowering shrubs and bulbs that produce the simple, open blooms that butterflies love, and suit virtually any site or soil you have in your garden.

Read more: Bring in the Butterflies

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