In This Issue
Welcome to the Glee Daily News 2020 Omnibus Issue
Glee Gathering receives great feedback
Vital hub for the industry
Virtual show is a big hit with Evergreen Garden Care
Glee New Product Awards – hosted by GTN
Triple success for Zest at Glee Gathering
Primeur enjoys thriving event
Vegetable & Seed Growing Kit a winning idea for 2021
Pleydell Smithyman – 2020 and beyond
Time to weave Korbond into your range
#FloralFriday for Greenfingers celebrated at the end of Glee Gathering week
Catch up on demand
The e-commerce conundrum: Creating sustainable online operations
Protecting and Supporting Our Most Values Asset: Our People
Product Showcases
The Landscaping Showcase
The Outdoor Entertainment and Decoration Showcase
The Garden Care Showcase
Behind the Scenes: Traeger Grills Talk Tech and Customer Experience at Glee Gathering
Perennial: here to help people in horticulture create better futures
Making your website your best salesperson
10 top tips for landing a fantastic range
The Grow Your Own Awards 2020: The Winners
Show success for Primus with double award win
EKJU proves popular over Glee
View the extensive Fancy Flames collection
British Meadow: a new ‘RHS Gifts for Gardeners’ collection from Burgon & Ball
READYBLAZE - Safer Firewood for 2020 and beyond
Vitax launch new products, new sizes and packaging
Micro-Grow launch a new display design for microgreens self watering microgreens kits including refills and tools
Bulldog Tools – made from FSC sustainable sources
Grilling with a Traeger is so simple
Growing with Hygeia has never been easier
Southern Trident launches 100% natural peat free coir compost with plastic free packaging
Sipcam launches new products for 2021 under the pioneering ecofective range
Fordingbridge canopy sets off transformation at Hilliers Marlow garden centre
Top of the class performance from Empathy
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Pleydell Smithyman – 2020 and beyond

Now is a great opportunity to plan for the future, re-assess how we operate and seek out ways to ensure we are at the forefront of innovation and continue to lead the way, ensuring garden centres remain the default hospitality and retail experience for our existing and new customers alike.


So here we are, six months into one of the most extraordinary situations we’ve all faced. Day by day we’ve learnt how to cope with the ever-changing situation and inventively and creatively adapt how we maintain and continue to build our businesses. 


We would dearly loved to have been at Glee and especially so this year where we at Pleydell Smithyman are celebrating 25 years working alongside our colleagues, clients and friends in the garden centre sector – and what changes we have seen over those years. We are very proud to have been part of this success story with so many of you.


In previous newsletters we have:


Highlighted ‘PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE’, looking at amazing opportunities that exist to maximise the planning potential of your sites, making the most of recent changes within the Planning System, building on Government support to business and we are happy to help you explore ways to add value and help future proof your business.


Considered ‘CREATIVE RETAIL INTERIORS’, seeking out ways to continue to be ready for the changing retail arena, keeping it fresh, experiential and safe. Garden Centres continue to lead the way in overcoming challenges and promoting a vibrant and positive attitude to your business and remain uniquely placed to maintain this position as the ‘go to’ retail experts offering superb settings, great breadth of stock, inspirational displays and providing a truly experiential environment to your customers, supported by their teams offering expert and friendly advice. A ‘winning formula’ indeed that our dedicated and talented team will help you to re-imagine and explore new opportunities.


Looked at ‘FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD’. As food retailing continues to play a major part in the success of Garden Centres, now is the maybe the time to re-evaluate how this most important sector is positioned within the structure of the garden centre. Whether creating a first-time café or expanding to develop a bespoke Restaurant offer, Garden Centres are ahead of the field in being able to offer superb welcoming, intimate dining offering a quality food and service second to none. Couple this with a great food hall or farm shop offering customers quality local produce with great provenance and what a draw we have to keep loyal customers happy and attract a new audience looking for something that little bit different. Pleydell Smithyman have a great pedigree in helping developing cost effective, creative and inspiring designs to ensure you maximise the potential of your food retailing offer.


We would take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the years and for their kind words helping us mark our anniversary (do click on the link and take a look at the video we have created as part of our celebrations) and we look forward to discussing ways in which we may be able to help with any aspect of your business in the future.


Do please contact us 01952 433211 or call Paul Pleydell directly on 07976 734626 or

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