The GIMA Annual General Meeting and Spring Day Conference was held on 23rd March at Horticulture House, Chilton, Oxfordshire. A well attended event heard presentations from Charlie Lacey of Decco, Michael Burrell an experienced parliamentary lobbyist, Trevor Pfeiffer of Garden Trade News and Matthew Mein, Event Director of GLEE.
George Bullivant of Gardenforum website chaired a debate with suppliers on the impact of Brexit. He also explored suppliers attitudes to the breadth of retail channels now available to them including on-line & Amazon compared to the traditional garden centre routes.
The GIMA AGM was held earlier in the day where Chris Ramsden from Hozelock was re-elected as President for another year, as was Richard Pyrah from Kelkay as Vice President. The Association also reported a strong financial position with a healthy operating profit being recorded. GIMA membership continues to grow steadily, with a net growth of 3% being recorded in 2016 and plans to grow again in 2017.
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Wilko hosted GIMA Day Conference features Brexit, Omnichannel and British Garden Centres
The second of two GIMA Day Conferences of 2016 saw over 90 delegates enjoying talks from industry experts, networking opportunities, and the chance to meet representatives from Wilko and British Garden Centres Group. The event was hosted at Clumber Park Hotel and Spa near Worksop, Nottinghamshire on Thursday 8th December.
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Bob Hewitt, Chief Executive Klondyke Group, Derek Bunker, owner Alton Garden Centre and Jane Lawler of Lawler Associates all contributed to a successful Day Conference which followed on from the 2016 GIMA AGM, held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre.
The November GIMA Day Conference was held at Melbicks Garden Centre, Coleshill, part of the Wyevale group of garden centres. Speakers included David Hibbert, Managing Director of Stax Trade Centres, the UK’s biggest non-food cash & carry wholesaler & trade supplier.
Kingfisher Bonnington Plastics and their legal team from Pannone Corporate provided delegates with a 5 step strategy to help them tackle the increasing problem of on-line substitute sellers.