Go with the flow

In the third of a series of features for Garden Centre Retail, our Director Paul Pleydell looks at customer flow - the principles and techniques to maximise product exposure and increase sales performance and average...

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‘Creating the Experience – understanding the need for experiential retailing, developing a vision for your centre and daring to be different'

In the second instalment of his series of articles for Garden Centre Retail, Paul outlines a selection of ways in which a garden centre can become a true retail experience.

There is nothing in your garden centre that I need. I mean REALLY...

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Thoughts for Food

Paul Pleydell, director of Pleydell Smithyman Limited - garden centre design and business consultants, looks at what makes a good garden centre cafe or restaurant.

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Kelly and The Hunt for the Great Crested Newt

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity, along with one of my colleagues (Tom), to attend a Great Crested Newt(GCN) Licensing for Surveys Course. It was held in Warrington at Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve on a...

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Delivering Dreams in the Garden Centre Industry

At the moment many businesses across the UK are holding their breath to see if the bad weather and the storms being created by the world bankers are going to wash away customers and therefore profits.

In many ways it’s like being in a dream…you know the one where you are falling…
...due to luck, tenacity and being part of a strong Garden Centre industry only a few businesses hit the bottom and don’t wake up, but in many ways it is an important wakeup call for all of us.

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