About Us

To bring together independent garden centres who, whilst retaining their own identity and independence, have the benefit of collective buying power.  Garden centres will get better pricing, better rebates, improved payment terms and potentially better shipping/carriage costs allowing them to be more competitive.​

Our ethos is to:-

Listen

We will carefully listen to you, hear and learn from you

Understand

We will always engage until we understand

Action

We will work hard with enthusiasm and passion

Achieve

Together we will deliver results and achieve success

Biography of Director

Andrew West

Director


Andrew is a passionate and trained horticulturalist, with over 30 years experience of both purchasing & operations, from within the Garden & DIY industry. Prior roles have included, Director of Purchasing at Dobbies; Head of Purchasing at Hillier; Head of Purchasing for Home & Garden categories at Wyevale as well as Head of Category at Wickes and Regional Manager & Garden Centre Manager at Country Gardens. ​

Andrew brings immense knowledge of suppliers as well as exceptional negotiating skills and a deep understanding of the market.​

In addition:

  • Excellent experience of category management across diverse categories and market places​
  • Highly proficient in data sources that can build a category plan and effective use of market intelligence​
  • Expertise in merchandise range planning – determining the right range for the customer demographic​
  • Accomplished in good procurement practice​
  • Supplier management best practice​
  • Invaluable insight and experience from the retailer’s perspective​
  • Ability to coach and mentor individuals to drive improved approaches and behaviours​
  • Robust experience of team leadership, motivating and coaching staff within a complex and diverse environment​
  • Project Management delivering projects to plan, on time and in budget

Andrew is also a non-executive director of Organic Enterprises Limited (the commercial arm of the charity Garden Organic)​