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What's your favourite movie? The Sound of Music. Did I really admit to that?


What would people be surprised to learn about you? I was married in the Vatican and I was once a motorcycle despatch rider for the Pope.


What is the best thing about your job? The people and the products.


What is the most important tool to help you in your job? A commercial but open minded board, an innovative outlook, teamed with disciplines and processes built up in Haskins over the years.


What product do you think will be a summer best seller? Hopefully the sun will come out and we will sell thousands of geraniums!


How do you travel to work? By car and when the sun is out, with the roof down!


In a normal week, how much time do you spend in your garden? Not enough, two hours.


What is your proudest achievement? Being a father.


Favourite part of the country? Lakes or Yorkshire Dales.


Nigel THOMPSON Sales Director the Stewart company


www.stewartcompany.co.uk


How long have you worked at Stewart? 22 years.


How do you think garden centres have changed in the last 10 years? The range of products offered has massively changed and the garden is not always at the centre.


How do you travel to work? By car.


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In a normal week, how much time do you spend in your garden? 10 hours.


Favourite part of the country? Derbyshire.


What is your favourite flower? Bluebell.


How long have you worked at Pople Landscapes/Pople Garden Centres? 30 plus years.


What is the best thing about your job? Working with plant material.


How do you think garden centres have changed in the last 10 years? Advent of the internet and social media.


ARE YOU GOING? April


May


John Pople Managing Director Pople Garden Centres


www.poplegardencentres.co.uk


National Gardening Week 2013 15-21 April www.rhs.org.uk


National Hardware Show 6-8 May www.nationalhardwareshow.com


June


HTA National Plant Show 24-25 June www.nationalplantshow.co.uk


RHS Chelsea Flower Show 20-24 May www.rhs.org.uk


WWW.GARDENCENTRERETAIL.COM 51


conna powles Buying Director


Haskins Garden Centre www.haskins.co.uk


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