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Outdoor plant sales rise in spring

The start of spring saw sales in outdoor plants soar at garden centres across the country, the Garden Centre Association reported. During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same month the previous year, in 2018, according to ...
25 April 2019 0 Comments

Sainsburys Asda merger blocked by CMA

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled today that the proposed merger cannot go ahead, as UK shoppers would be “worse off” due to reduced competition in the market, with expected price hikes and a drop in quality. But Sainsbury’s ...
25 April 2019 0 Comments

Squires opens florist at Badshot Lea centre

Local florist Petal & Stem – run by a former Squire’s employee – has set up shop in a prime position just inside the entrance of Squire’s Garden Centre in Badshot Lea.Customers will now be able to buy bouquets of cut flowers at the centre ...
24 April 2019 0 Comments

Leekes awarded bag accolade at the Finance Awards

Welsh retailer, Leekes Retail and Leisure Group has been awarded Medium/Large Finance Team of the Year in the second annual Finance Awards Wales.The family-run independent business was presented with the accolade during a ceremony held at Cardiff’s ...
24 April 2019 0 Comments

Easter Weekend sees sales soar

The hot and sunny weather has had a hugely positive result for retail destinations this weekend, with an increase in footfall of +6.5% on Friday, +1.2% on Saturday and +8.4% by 12pm on Easter Monday. This is a clear contrast to Easter 2018, when ...
23 April 2019 0 Comments

Wyevale nurseries recruits new sales trainee

Harriet Andrews from May Hill in Gloucestershire has recently joined Wyevale nurseries as a sales trainee. Nineteen-year-old Harriet is currently developing her knowledge of the stock at Wyevale Nurseries and is working on sales related tasks within ...
23 April 2019 0 Comments People News

Squire's partners with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care

Squire’s Garden Centres is pleased to announce it is partnering with Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care for its Open Gardens season 2019. This is an important fundraising event for the charity the company has said, which supports 250 patients, carers and ...
23 April 2019 0 Comments People News

Thorndown offers peelable glass paint

Thorndown’s Peelable Glass Paint is a unique, revolutionary eco-paint that can be painted on glass or other hard shiny surfaces and simply ...
1 April 2019
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