Garden centres over the last few years have evolved into full day out for many visitors with cafes, restaurants and other attractions to help boost footfall and keep customers on site throughout the year. But the question of Brexit have left some centres concerned about the future. Is it good news or bad news for garden centres? Well in many ways it should theoretically be a good thing. Let’s take for example Christmas Trees.
As it’s currently late October 2016 Christmas retail promotions are blossoming. Usually a lot of Christmas trees are imported from big European growers like in Denmark to meet the demand in the United Kingdom.
Clearly the threat of Brexit and a possible rise in European imports will have a positive effect on the British growers market.
Rob Morgan a British Tree Farmer said “the falling pound meant prices had gone up 15% and it is “good news” for the British industry which is growing and more able to meet demand.”
The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) are to hold their AGM for all 250 growers to attend the Gower in Wales. The event will also be visited by the Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns.
It’s an opportunity for all tree growers to come together and discuss the future and positives of the industry.
Each year between six and eight million British trees are sold in the UK especially the run up to Christmas. This is good news for garden centres up and down the country who can embrace the home-grown tree message.
Other Christmas products however may have different pricing in the future with many items arriving from Europe and Asia. It’s going to be so important for Garden Centres up and down the UK to embrace the change and evolve.
If you are a garden centre and require funding for seasonal stock we have helped many garden centres receive funding through our merchant cash advance product. We can fund from £3,000 to £300,000 to help with buying, development or cashflow purposes.