Headline speakers confirmed for GIMA Day Conference

Headline speakers confirmed for GIMA Day Conference

The UK’s two largest garden centre chains will address delegates the GIMA Day Conference, which takes place on Tuesday March 14 at The Willows Training Centre in Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.

Delegates can look forward to hearing headline talks from Dobbies CEO Graeme Jenkins, and British Garden Centres’ PR communications and plant director Boyd Douglas Davies and project and development manager Amy Stubbs.

Graeme will update delegates on Dobbies’ plans for the future. The UK’s largest garden centre retailer now operates 75-plus stores, following a busy acquisitions and new store opening programme.

Boyd and Amy will bring members up to speed with the current progress and development plans for British Garden Centres, which is the largest family-led garden centre group in the UK with 62 centres around the country.

They will be joined by Phil Pond, director of trends agency Scarlet Opus, who will offer insights into 2024 trends to help you get ahead of the curve in this rapidly changing socio-economic climate.

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Also confirmed to speak at the event are Jack Sweeny, director of JDS Strategists, who will be discussing ‘The Power of Insight – Tomorrow’s Only Competitive Advantage’, and Tor Newcombe, senior recruitment consultant of specialist recruitment business More People, who will address challenges in the labour market and how to recruit and retain staff.

With such an excellent speaker line-up this is sure to be a popular event, and those who are interested in attending are encouraged to sign up quickly to secure their place.

The rate for GIMA members is £80 + VAT for the first delegate and £40 + VAT for each additional delegate. The non-member rate is £160 + VAT for the first delegate and £80 + VAT for each additional delegate. The cost of the event includes a buffet lunch and refreshments.

For more details visit www.gima.org.uk

GIMA (Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association) is an organisation of around 150 members representing the majority share of suppliers and manufacturers operating within the UK gardening industry. Formed in 1999, its goal is to promote the commercial, trading and industrial interests of UK and EU-based companies supplying the UK garden industry.
Run by a small team of dedicated professionals, and governed by a council of members, GIMA is funded by membership subscriptions and services. The range of services and support provided for members is extensive, offering something for all members, regardless of their size or heritage.

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