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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