GIMA Day Conference 2024

For the 2024 Day Conference, the Garden Industry Manufacturer’s Association (GIMA) will focus on sustainability and the journey to net zero.

GIMA Day Conference

Taking place on 14th March at Horticulture House, Chilton, subject experts will provide insights and tangible takeaways into the market, retail outlook, sustainability and the Journey to Net Zero. A GIMA member panel debate will conclude the day to discuss the day’s topics.

Vicky Nuttall, GIMA Director said: “Our Day Conference aims to offer all attendees access to the bigger picture. From addressing the current scope of the garden retail sector and demystifying important business support services, to continuing the conversation on the sector’s sustainability journey, the day will pack a lot in. What’s more, it’s a great opportunity to network with colleagues and the wider membership to open new dialogue and share insight as the season progresses.

Market & Retail Outlook

  • Dave Denny, Director of Research and Insights at the HTA will share insight into the latest data relating to the growth and development of the garden retail sector with predictions for the future.
  • Mark Whiteley, Director at Xenia, credit insurance brokers will be joined by a colleague from Atradius, global provider of trade credit insurance to give members an insight into the current financial state of the market, with a special focus on the retail environment.
  • RT7 Digital’s Jack Cooper will lead a session entitled “The numbers don’t lie: E-commerce as a sales channel cannot be ignored”. As part of the full-service Amazon marketing agency, Jack will dive deeper into the world of gardening E-commerce and will highlight some exclusive stats from Amazon.

Sustainability and Your Journey to Net Zero

  • Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group will be providing insight into running multiple garden centres with environmental and sustainability principles firmly at the heart of the business.
  • Ben Duckworth of Greenarc, clean energy experts, will lead delegates on a journey to net zero with a session entitled “Cultivating Change: Reducing Your Businesses Carbon Impact Through the Development of a Rigorous and Bespoke Plan.”