Malcolm Scott Consultants (17T59) launched its enhanced service offering and its brand new garden concept at Glee yesterday.
The planning consultancy was acquired earlier this year by Harris Lamb, and both businesses met with guests to introduce some of the key new services available to clients.
Malcolm (pictured left on the stand today with Neil Harris) said: “Harris Lamb has a wealth of end-to-end property consultancy services which, combined with our extensive experience of garden centre planning and design, means we are well-placed to provide additional specialist advice and support to garden and leisure sector clients.
“The existing Malcolm Scott Consultants (hyperlink to website) team relocated to new offices to integrate with the business, working particularly closely with the Rating, Retail, Development, Land sales and Construction teams, all of which are able to work with us to add value and insight to our offering,” he added.
The business also took the opportunity to unveil its Garden Centre 2020 concept; a new garden retail experience that brings together a passion for life.
Malcolm explained: “We started to look at this concept some time ago. The HTA has gone on the record to voice its concerns about the alarming decline in home and garden ownership amongst the new generation and its impact upon gardening sales, but that is only part of the problem: fundamentally there has been a shift in people’s attitude to work outside paid employment.
“Increasingly, people don’t want to work hard during their day, and then spend their free time laboriously too – they want to enjoy a more relaxed, sociable lifestyle with friends and family. That doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate, or want, an attractive garden, but that their time is more limited and that it needs to be lower maintenance.
“As such, we’ve developed Garden Centre 2020, a new-look garden centre for the next decade, which will blend the best of traditional centres with a new, fun presentation. We want to create a destination to offer experiential products and services along with a wider specialist range for committed and seasoned gardeners.”
To find out more about the combination of Garden Centre planning, design and support services and property management services, visit the team on stand 17T59 during the remainder of the exhibition.