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GIMA Day Conferences

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 10th April 2019

Location: Ettington Chase Hotel & Conference Centre, Banbury Road, Ettington  CV37 7NZ

With the full line up yet to be revealed, we are pleased to confirm that Marcus Eyles of Dobbies Garden Centres will be joining us on 10th April and will be giving us an insight into what Dobbies are doing to develop the market going forward.

Steve Collinge, Managing Director - Insight Retail Group Ltd, Executive Editor Insight DIY will ask the question 'The UK Gardening Industry - future proof or ripe for disruption?  After completing 30 years in the Home Improvement industry Steve is today both an international speaker, thought-leader and independent commentator on our industry.

We will also hear from Philip Benton,  Research Manager at Euromonitor who will explain to delegates how megatrends which are shaping consumer markets will impact on the gardening market of tomorrow.

With further industry speakers expected to join us, the full line up will be revealed in due course.

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AGM & Day Conference 2018

The Garden Industry Manufacturers’ Association’s AGM and Day Conference took place on 12th April at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, with over 65 members in attendance. With a packed agenda, the day tackled everything from the Bank of England’s current economic forecast, foreign exchange rates, GDPR and two industry stalwarts sharing an insight into their careers and hopes for the future. An overview of GIMA’s current activities completed the day-long conference.

During the earlier AGM; Chris Ramsden of Hozelock was pleased to pass the mantle of GIMA President over to Richard Pyrah of Kelkay after two years at the helm. The role of Vice-President will now be undertaken by Westland’s Simon McArdle. Elsewhere the role of Treasurer has been retained by Nigel Thompson of Nigel Thompson Associates. The role of Honorary Secretary for 2018/2019 will now be the responsibility of Craig Hall of Deco-Pak

For more coverage of the Day Conference see the Press Release below.

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AGM & Day Conference 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

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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.

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