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Day Conference

The Ideal Opportunity for Networking

GIMA Day Conferences are an ideal opportunity for networking, hearing key industry speakers and finding out about how GIMA associate members can help your business.

Meetings are open to both GIMA members and non members, with members benefiting from discounted rates.


GIMA Day Conference

AGM & Day Conference 2018

The GIMA AGM and Day Conference is being held at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Confirmed guest speakers Tony Blake, Chairman/Founder of Choice Marketing, Martin Breddy Managing Director of Squires Garden Centres, representative from the Bank of England, Glyn Jones, Deputy Agent for the Midlands.  New speaker added:-  Rebecca Hardy, Kidwells Solicitors, will be talking about the end of the GDPR transition period and the potential implications for your company.

AGM & Day Conference, 23rd March 2017

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.

Press Release below

News Release - GIMA AGM & Day Conference

Day Conference, 8th December 2016

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.

Press Release below.

News Release - GIMA Day Conference

GIMA AGM & Day Conference, 14th April 2016

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.

GIMA Day Conference, 4th November 2015

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.

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GIMA Day Conference, April 2015

The GIMA Day Conference and AGM in April 2015 was attended by over 80 delegates who enjoyed a packed agenda of speakers covering an array of business topics.

Held at Haskins Garden Centre, Roundstone, the AGM saw the election of the incoming president Colin Wetherley-Mein, National Sales Manager of Vitax.

Headline speakers included Julian Winfield and Conna Powles from Haskins Garden Centres and Alan Roper of Blue Diamond Group.  The delegates also heard from Stephen Sidkin, Partner at Fox Williams LLP and on maximising performance from agents and distributors and Guy Moreton of MorePeople on how succession planning can help make your business or department better.


GIMA Press Release
October 20, 2015

GIMA Day Conference – The Fight Back Against Substitute Sellers


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March 16, 2015

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