There can be no doubting it, the big cafe giants are putting cake on the agenda. Long seen as their weakness, new and more tempting cake offers are appearing in the big brand cafes. Backed up with strong seasonal POS, Costa launch their festive range for 2016. A changing menu keeps consumers engaged with he…
We are often amazed that more retailers do not use POS (Point Of Sale) to its full advantage. We are loving the way that outdoor retailer Cotswold Outdoor were using POS in their Reading branch today. Book of the month, perfect for her, and perfect gift POS all backed up with plenty of product for…
Brompton make amazing folding bikes that just work.
Their MD has taken the company from 24 staff to 240 staff.
He has turned Brompton into a global brand.
Here he shares his amazing story…
At one time every Garden Centre consultant would be telling you that the answer lay in being more corporate, copying what the big players were doing and never, ever, should you handwrite signage. Today however we have ripped up the rule book and we celebrate the small producer, the artisan and the independent. So, we…
British Garden Centres have transformed what was already a large centre (Spring Garden Centre) near the East Yorkshire coastal town of Hornsea.
Plants on the way in, an offer wall, and some great displays.
Then of course the cafe extension in an Orangery.
And all a short drive from Waring Stewart Towers.
We are loving the blackboard art which has transformed the cafe at Deepdale Garden Centre.
The cafe, which has been doubled in size recently now features pallet wood walls, fabulous chalkboards and a cake table, with the cakes displayed on cookery books.
100% non corporate
100% loved and quirky
As all our client garden centre know, we are huge fans of plant guarantees, they give consumers confidence and in our experience do not result in any increase in returns.
So, we are loving Tong Garden Centres Lifetime Guarantee!
We visited Blue Diamond’s Trentham Garden Centre recently and were, to be honest, totally, completely and utterly blown away by their houseplant department.
The images tell their own story, celebrating the plants, championing the role of the great Victorian Planthunters and offering customers an amazing shopping experience.
We are loving the new signage at Deepdale Garden Centre in deepest darkest Lincolnshire.
Evidence suggests that our customers are turning their back on corporates and prefer the quirkiness of independents, so lets be different and stand out from the crowds…
On a recent trip to Stratford Garden Centre we noticed the repeater signs on the road outside the centre promoting their rose festival.
Plant festivals, be they Primula festivals in March, or rose festivals in June are a great way of engaging staff, and of course delighting customers.
We are loving the plant displays at Straford Garden Centre.
Plants on the way into the centre, a fragrant rose arch leading to the plantaria and then some of the best plant displays we have seen this season…
In the northern market town of Beverley, Wilko are moving from the centre of town to a new out of town retail park. This post has just appeared in the Beverley Facebook Group, showing how quickly great customer service is shared to local people, and of course, how quickly bad customer service is shared as…
Afternoon Tea Week starts on the 10th August.
Are you joining in the celebrations?
The hashtag #AfternoonTeaWeek will link you to the Facebook and Twitter Afternoon Tea Communities.
We were delighted to have been invited to host the second day of the HTA Catering Conference. During the day we were looking at coffee shop trends. Children’s treats with an adult twist were an unexpected trend, but if one looks at the rise of gourmet “fish finger sandwiches” then the trend makes sense. Boozy…
We are loving the bench wrap that Coletta and Tyson Garden Centre in Beverley are using.
Decorative, and informative, not to mention adding credibility to the plant offer.
We love this blackboard message at Deepdale Garden Centre, which is just outside of Barton Upon Humber.
Quirky and totally non corporate, just what an independent should be doing – well done Matt!
Every year the Royal Horticultural Society compiles its pest top 10, which lists the top pests of Garden Plants in the UK, rated by the number of enquiries the team have received from members. This is always interesting reading as it gives an idea of which pests are on the rise, and which are on…
If word of mouth is the best form of advertising. If the way to continue to boost Cafe sales is to innovate. If connecting with our customers is what it is all about… Then what do you think of McDonalds latest idea… Until the 14th Feb customers, chosen at random can pay with love! Just…
We love the cafe at Horti Centre near Wakefield, white is the predominant colour, but with the contrast of earth tones for added warmth.
This cafe also shows that a small kitchen can do amazing food, with a very inventive menu, such as Broad bean and feta salad…