Cultivating Retail - for a sustainable future

This one-day event for retailers, suppliers and growers jointly hosted by the HTA and GIMA will take place on Tuesday 19 November at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. The programme will include the latest consumer attitudes and thoughts on what sustainability means for the garden industry including key topics such as biosecurity, growing media, plastics, labour/skills, water and pesticides.

HTA Vice-President and Cultivating Retail Steering Group member Boyd Douglas-Davies comments,

“This year’s Cultivating Retail conference focuses on the sustainability of the industry in the widest sense. By bringing together the supply chain this event gives us a fantastic opportunity to look at what actions we need to be taking now to ensure that we have a robust, viable and relevant industry fit for the future. You really can’t afford to miss this one!”

We are delighted to announce our host for the day is Daisy McAndrew. Daisy was the Special Correspondent for ITV News, having previously served as Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent. Formerly Andrew Neil’s co-host on The Daily Politics, Daisy has also presented Heaven & Earth and reported on Westminster for BBC Breakfast. She now co-hosts the mid-morning show on Talkradio discussing the latest headlines and opinions.

 

To finish the evening, our after dinner speaker has been confirmed as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. With little skill for his sport, Olympic skier Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards won the hearts and minds of the public with his heroic failures, and he remains one of the best loved athletes today; in fact, his life has been depicted in the biographical film Eddie the Eagle (2016), and he has also appeared as the coach on Channel 4 programme 'The Jump'. In the words of the president of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics: "some competitors have won gold, some have broken records and one has even flown like an eagle". 

Dr David Bek, a Reader in Sustainable Economics from Coventry University, will focus on what sustainability means for the garden industry. Dr Bek has extensive experience in undertaking research into sustainability within horticultural supply chains, especially cut flowers. He is especially interested in developing an evidence base to demonstrate how innovations within sustainability practice can lead to improvements in businesses’ resilience, productivity and profitability.

Guy Topping from the Barton Grange Group will be telling the Flower Bowl Story. From the birth of a brand new concept, to the challenges of delivery and what they have learnt since the inception of the project.

With many more speakers to be added, book now to avoid disappointment. If you have any queries please contact us on 0333 003 3550 or events@hta.org.uk

 

 

 

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