Some extra retailer support from Joe Davies and snoozies!®

Joe Davies have taken one of their best-selling brands, snoozies!® and made the whole collection available with 90 days credit from date of delivery.  

David Cree, National Sales Manager, commented “It has been such a tough year for independent retailers so as an extra special treat we wanted to take one of our best-selling lines and offer something special.  The offer means our customers can order up their snoozies!®, take delivery and not have to pay until after the busy season so freeing up cash.”

New ranges of snoozies!®for 2021 make their debut at Harrogate Home & Gift, and the Company already report high pre-sales on their existing snoozies!®Pairables collection, designed and developed by Joe Davies in the UK.

Read more: Some extra retailer support from Joe Davies and snoozies!®

GIMA supporting members through forthcoming changes in packaging legislation

A recent survey of GIMA has members revealed the challenges faced by companies preparing for new packaging legislation over the next two years.

The Extended Producer Responsibility Regulations (EPR) and Plastic Packaging Tax will both impact garden products business and potentially drive significant costs through increased administration and levies, not to mention the possibility of fines for non-compliance.

Members participating in the survey helped GIMA to formulate an industry response to the current government consultation process that will ultimately finalise and define the introduction of EPR. The GIMA response highlighted circumstances specific to garden products that could unfairly penalise our industry. It also warned against the complexity that could result from different approaches in the devolved authorities as well as arguing for the need for more time for businesses to react and prepare for the new legislation.

Read more: GIMA supporting members through forthcoming changes in packaging legislation

TV gardener refreshes Wellbeing Garden at Bradford Garden Centre

A Bradford Garden Centre's Wellbeing Garden has been revitalised with a seasonal planting scheme.

TV Gardener, Katie Rushworth, visited Tong Garden Centre recently to refresh the garden that she created  in May.

Tong's Plant Buyer, Steve Smith, worked with his network of growers to source the plants: "The Wellbeing Garden has been transformed from a tranquil relaxation space to a perfect entertaining space that is packed with an abundance of hot colours and textured foliage.

"The garden has been refreshed with bold colours that complement the all year round planting and it looks amazing. Pockets of Kniphofia, Rudbeckia, Helenium and Echinacea show customers how easy it is to transform an existing border with a seasonal refresh."

Read more: TV gardener refreshes Wellbeing Garden at Bradford Garden Centre

Summer sees furniture and BBQ sales hot up as we return to ‘normal’

The Garden Centre Association (GCA) has recently released its Barometer of Trade (BoT) for June (2021) revealing furniture and BBQ sales were up by 94.88% year-to-date.

The report also shows a year-to-date increase in 11 out of 13 categories proving that garden centre demand has been positive at the start of the summer.

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, explained: “The great weather at the start of June led to outdoor entertainment and alfresco dining remaining popular. People were continuing to spend more time in their gardens and outdoor living spaces. Many centres received a ‘second wave’ of furniture deliveries in June, delayed from earlier in the season, going some way to fulfil the pent-up demand from customers and keeping sales buoyant.

Read more: Summer sees furniture and BBQ sales hot up as we return to ‘normal’

New ULTRALIGHT™ garden wellies set to ignite garden centre sales year-round

A new name in wellington boots is helping to drive year-round sales, whilst also showcasing new material innovation to mix up the gardener’s favourite footwear category. Introducing Leon Boots Co Ltd – the name behind the all-new ‘revolutionary’ ULTRALIGHT™ garden ankle boot, the lightest and most comfortable wellington boot to ever hit the UK market.

Every garden retailer will recognise the value of stocking wellington boots. Whether established gardeners, hobbyists or just for those consumers that want footwear that withstands days spent outside, wellington boots are a long-term proven seller. However, with several established brands largely monopolising the market, consumers are often left with little choice, faced with the same colours and designs. Until now that is.

Read more: New ULTRALIGHT™ garden wellies set to ignite garden centre sales year-round

London Stationery Show returns bigger and better this October

London Stationery Show, the UK’s only trade show dedicated to writing and paper products, is returning from 5-6 October 2021.

As well as bringing together all the biggest brands in stationery and gifts this autumn, the team are thrilled at the prospect of uniting suppliers and buyers for the first time in over two years.

“We’re very much looking forward to bringing new and existing customers together to do business face-to-face” said Event Director, Alex Butler. “It’s been a challenging time for everyone, but as much as we’ve all adapted to a new digital world, the pandemic really has highlighted the importance of experiencing products in person before buying.”

Read more: London Stationery Show returns bigger and better this October