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contents Inspiration and ideas


It is that time of year again. Glee 2017 is upon us. The garden retail showcase is a major part of the calendar, allowing suppliers to show off their latest innovations, catch up with retail partners and generate new business. For retailers, it is a great opportunity to see the new launches all in one place and find the next ‘best sellers’ for your store.


We have a dedicated Glee supplement in this issue, including a show preview to help you get the most out of your visit. With new additions to the show format, including the focused Retail Lab @ Glee, there will be plenty to provide inspiration and ideas.


Opportunities to learn from others in the industry are also extremely valuable, and for a ‘best practice’ look at how to engage with your community, there are worse places to start than this issue’s Big Interview with The Gardens Group managing director Mike Burks. From a one-till operation begun in 1987, the company has become a thriving part of its local community – with Mike and Louise Burks being presented with an Outstanding Contribution award at the Western Gazette Business Awards this year for their longstanding contribution to the Dorset and Somerset business community.


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16 Association comment: GIMA 17 Association comment: GCA & BHETA 18 Spoga+gafa 2017 preview 20 Garden lighting 22 PATS Telford preview 23 Glee comment: Nick Bailey 24 Industry news 26 GIMA Award winners 2017


8 @ GCUpdateUK @ GCUMagazine 8 The Big Interview: Mike Burks


All garden centres should aspire to be proactive and positive businesses for their locality – getting together at Glee 2017 and putting ideas in place to achieve that aim is just the beginning.


Gregor Muir, Editor gmuir@datateam.co.uk


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