March 2015: Update from Czech Republic

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   New Year in Czech Republic By Michal Ferenčík The beginning of the year starts with the meeting of the middle management. Members discuss what to prepare for customers this year and how to implement changes at all our garden centres. From this meeting and also from the meeting of owners […]

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March 2015: Update from Denmark

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   Yaahh, only 5 months to go! By Per Boisen Andersen Then we will welcome you to the 57th International Garden Centre Congress, to be held in Denmark from 9 to 14 August 2015.  By now we have more than 120 registered delegates, and the study tour is almost […]

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March 2015: Update from France

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   Retail Sales 2014: VAT in the Spotlight in France By Christiane Weiller 2014 was a poor year for French garden centers. The results of our barometer show sales weren’t very different compared to 2013.   Last year’s average temperature was the hottest of the century but the weather […]

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March 2015: Update from Germany

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   Hello from Germany! By Jutta Lenz   Record attendance: Our winter conference with the title “Future of Gardencentres” in Münster from 17th-20th January 2015 was very successful with about 270 delegates.  Martina Mensing-Meckelburg was voted for the new president of our association and replaced Eckard Heinemann. Besides our conference day […]

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March 2015: Update from Ireland

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   Update from Ireland By Fergal Doyle The mood in Ireland regarding customer spend remains positive, with Q4 2014 recording and annualised like-for-like growth in sales of 4.22%, which was the largest quarterly gain in the Irish Retail Industry since Q2 2007! Like-for-like sales for Qtr. 4 in […]

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March 2015: Update from Italy

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   News from Italy By Martina Schullian We finished the third national  AICG congress that has been  held in Stesa – Lago Maggiore  Piemonte, on 14-15 January 2015. The congress was very successful with more than 300 participants.  We had two  busy  and interesting days in a beautiful location just […]

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March 2015: Update from Japan

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   Report from Japan By Akihiro Ozaki A lot of snow has been falling in the northern and mountainous areas of Japan in this year. It is a very cold year, but there have been many days with nice weather in the plains from the east to the […]

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March 2015: Update from Switzerland 1

Vol. 7, Issue 1  |  March 2015   Insider Tip: Save the Dates for 2016 By Erwin Meier-Honegger On 5 and 6 February the fourth edition of the Garden Retail Experience did take place near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. There was a master class in ‘Garden Centre Retailing’ with lots of information to increase sales, and […]

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E-News: March 2014

March 2014 Number 21, March 2014 President’s Message As the first e-news of 2014, let me begin by saying Happy New Year! The IGCA board and administrators met in Denmark this past December, and we would like to thank Per Boisen Andersen and Steen Vinkler for their hospitality during our stay. We were able to […]

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