17th October 2019
More than 550 suppliers and 7,000 visitors attended this year’s Glee exhibition helping to showcase the strength of garden retailing.
The Bathgate stand featured a vast range of horticultural products targeted at both garden retailers and professional growers. And it was clear from our conversations with decision makers and buyers, that people are very optimistic about the sector.
New trends and innovations are opening up opportunities for further growth and development, and demand for premium horticultural products is rising.
Here, we highlight some of the main themes raised at the show and which are shaping the gardening world.
Shifts in consumer habits
Consumers buying habits are changing rapidly, driving the need for more inspirational retail environments. Enhancing the customer’s experience will be crucial for future sales success. As a result, garden centres are being encouraged to develop new and more innovative merchandising strategies. Ideas include engaging shoppers in creative and fun activities that encourage them to buy outside of their normal buying areas.
The rise of the non gardener
The horticulture sector has huge potential to attract new customers, including non-gardeners and the younger generation. One way to achieve this is by promoting products and plants that require little knowledge, work or time but can still create an impressive garden.
Adoption of smarter technology
Exciting new technology continues to filter through all parts of the gardening world. Adapting and building technology into stores remains a priority for garden centres seeking to provide a more convenient shopping experience.
Although it may be some time before lawn mowers become redundant, advances in horticultural technology are making an impact too. The number of robotic tools is on the rise and set to make a wide range of gardening tasks even quicker and easier.
The crucial need to protect our environment is leading to many suppliers reducing their dependency on single-use plastic with sustainable alternatives. Bathgate is also championing that trend using 100 per cent recyclable packaging for all our horticultural products.
To highlight the impact we each have on the environment, Glee launched its ‘Power of One’ initiative at the show. Exhibitors and visitors were encouraged to make a pledge, committing to making one small change to reduce their impact on the environment and world in which we live.
Demand for premium horticultural products and specialist ingredients continues to rise with professional growers seeking to maximise performance. Discussions on our stand were largely focused on our premium compost blend and the benefits of its unique formulation.
Thank you to everyone that visited us at Glee. If you didn’t get the chance to attend the show and would like more information on our products and services, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th February 2019
Bathgate Silica Sand are thrilled to support the Lions Youth Brass as they prepare to compete in the 2019 EuroBrass Championships in Montreux, Switzerland.
For over 25 years, Lions Youth Brass, a registered charity, has enabled hundreds of children aged five to 18 years to play and perform brass or percussion instruments in beginners, junior or youth bands. Currently there are around 120 members, all from different backgrounds, and all provided with musical instruments, tuition and support. They practice every Tuesday evening at Sandbach School.
The children perform and compete at the highest levels. Following their recent success at the 2018 Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, they will represent the UK at the 6th European Youth Brass Band Championships in April 2019.
Jane Stubbs, Chairperson of the Youth Band at the Lions said, “This is a huge honour and opportunity for Lions Youth Brass but, most importantly, for the children to play at the very highest level at such a prestigious event.”
The Lions rely on annual support received from local Lions and Rotary Clubs, as well as funds raised from concerts, fund raising events and membership. However, the cost of getting their 43 band members, conductor, committee members and parent helpers to the event is a staggering £25,000!
Therefore, Bathgate Silica Sand’s pledge of support and sponsorship has been very well received. “It is a relationship we’re keen to develop further given our shared wish to support local children and see them grow and succeed both in the band and out,” says Nigel Birch, Conductor of the Youth Band (pictured).
Andy Brookes, representative from the Bathgate Group and former Sandbach School student, delivered the cheque for £550 to the Lions Youth Band. “Lions Youth Brass enables children from a wide range of backgrounds not only to access musical training, but to reach standards of excellence. This is great for the children, but also for the local community. We are very pleased to support this charity, and we want to extend our congratulations to the Lions and wish them the best of luck in April’s international tournament!”
For more information on the Lions Youth Brass Band, visit their website at http://lionsyouthbrass.band/
12th October 2018
This year saw our third time exhibiting at Glee, Birmingham NEC and our fifth time at Four Oaks in Cheshire!
For all involved in the Retail Garden Centre industry and for professional growers, Glee and Four Oaks really are amazing, certainly two showcases that we are extremely proud to be involved in. There is a hugely diverse array of products presented in some stunning displays. It’s hard not to be impressed, and full credit should go to all the exhibitors and organisers who make both exhibitions the awe-inspiring spectacle that the shows have now become.
For us at the Bathgate Horticulture stand, we were impressed by the wide range of enquires we received. We’re always delighted to welcome existing customers to our stand and show off the latest editions to our range, and it’s always great to get customer feedback on how our products have been performing and selling. It’s also very satisfying to meet new potential customers, and as such, the hard work continues in following up all the enquiries.
We have secured our booking for both events again next year and feel confident that the Glee and Four Oaks teams will deliver another couple of outstanding shows in 2019. We very much look forward to seeing you all again next year!
23rd August 2018
It’s that time of year again as Bathgate Horticulture prepare to showcase their product range at this year’s Four Oaks and Glee Trade Shows. Come and visit us at our stands, and we’ll enter your details into our fabulous free prize draw to be in with a chance of winning a brand new Apple iPad!*
16th July 2018
Bathgate Horticulture are proud to introduce a premium quality, peat free, Organic Soil Association Approved compost!
21st May 2018
Summer is on its way, so it’s time to start thinking about your hanging baskets and patio planters. Getting the compost right is key to creating beautiful displays that continue to flourish throughout the Summer months.
Bathgate Horticulture’s Tub & Basket Compost is formulated with additional slow-release fertiliser that encourages extended plant development. Furthermore, a moisture-storing polymer is incorporated into the blend to reduce watering frequency and sustain the plants during drier periods. This polymer also helps to retain nutrients and prolong vigour.
Our light-weight Tub & Basket Compost is easy to handle, and not formulated with recycled waste. It is ideal for a range of seasonal basket plants and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use for ornamentals and edibles.
Tub & Basket Compost is available in 50 litre bags. Delivery from a single pallet to a full load nationwide across the UK.
The extensive Bathgate Horticulture product range comprises of carefully formulated growing media and associated products for both professional and retail horticulturists, that are manufactured to market leading standards.
All Bathgate Horticulture retail products are attractively packaged in conveniently sized, recyclable bags.
6th April 2018
It’s that time of year to apply organic matter such as Bathgate Horticulture’s Blended Farm Manure, to help improve the condition of the soil in your beds and borders.
This blended manure is rich in natural humus and provides a valuable source of organic nutrients and beneficial bacteria that stimulates the microbial activity in the soil. Bathgate’s Blended Farm Manure further helps improve the soil structure by retaining nutrients/moisture in light sandy soils or it increases drainage in heavier clay-based soils.
Alongside the benefits to the growing environment the blended Farm Manure is low in odour, light weight, easy to apply and available in 50 litre bags, for delivery from a single pallet to a full load across the UK.
The extensive Bathgate Horticulture product range, comprises of carefully formulated growing media and associated products for both professional and retail horticulturists that are manufactured to market leading standards. All Bathgate retail products are attractively packaged in conveniently sized, recyclable bags.
26th March 2018
Our Champions Blend All Purpose Compost was the compost of choice for renowned professional growers at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Take a look at the Bathgate supported award-winning show garden set-up including an interview with Mike Smith from Tom Smith Plants.
31st January 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed supporting our local allotment show in Crewe recently. Several of our horticultural products were displayed and sold, with the Mayor of Crewe, Diane Yates commenting that she uses some of Bathgate’s horticultural products herself. Bathgate's Andrew Peers was photographed with Diane Yates at the show in front of our display.
12th December 2017
Bathgate Silica Sand has gained the support of a large number of farmers, as they continue to see the added benefits of using Bathgate’s high-quality silica sand for bedding their cattle on. The use of straw for bedding has long been the traditional choice for farmers, but a lack of hygiene, which can lead to mastitis and infections, has led farmers to look for alternative solutions.
Nick Summerfield of Yew Tree Farm, Whitmore, Newcastle Under Lyme, has previously tried bedding on straw and also gel mats/sawdust, but over the past 12 months, he’s turned to Bathgate Silica Sand and is enjoying seeing the results of switching over to silica sand.
The milk produced by the 380 cattle at Yew Tree Farm is sold to Tesco, so certain standards have to be followed to achieve the required levels that Tesco specifies. This is done on a scoring system that monitors how well the cattle are cared for, which includes their health and cleanliness.
Bathgate’s sand allows farmers to comply with the correct standards by generating a better environment for cattle. For example, it provides a comfortable and an inertly healthy bed, that improves lying time, which in turn increases milk quantities, due to the extra flow of blood to the udder.
The washed and screened fine particle sand that Bathgate offers, not only creates an ideal bedding material, it also helps to create a non-slip surface in and around the cubicles. This then helps to decrease hock damage and knee injuries and combined with a decrease in perching, veterinary costs can then be reduced.
Veterinary costs aren’t the only savings with Nick Summerfield commenting that overall, he saves 50% in bedding costs, compared to when he was using straw.
Nick also said “I am very happy with the product quality, delivery and overall service provided by Bathgate Silica Sand. Bedding on silica sand is a real game changer and I personally think that all cattle will eventually be bed on sand."
Bathgate Silica Sand is one of the largest producers of high-quality silica sand, top dressing and rootzone mixes throughout the UK. Our materials are supplied into a variety of markets from sports and leisure to a number of industrial sectors. We also offer a full range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers and retailers.
Bathgate Silica Sand has been established for over 100 years and is part of the Bathgate Group of companies.
For more information on Bathgate’s high-quality silica sand cattle bedding contact: email@example.com | 01270 762828
24th August 2017
Following the success of the Bathgate Horticulture range, Bathgate will be showcasing their full range of products including new editions at Glee and Four Oaks in September.
Bathgate’s Champions Blend range now features Seed and Cutting formulation and the Extra-large Planter, which sit alongside their award-winning Champions Blend Compost. The new products have been well received by retailers and growers alike, with excellent results being reported.
Bathgate’s John Innes range now includes an Ericaceous option as well as, smaller 10 litre bags of John Innes 1, 2 and 3. The expanded Bathgate Horticulture range also includes new 50 litre premium quality certified Play Grade Bark.
Bathgate's Champions Blend All Purpose Compost won the award for Best Retail Product or Service at Four Oaks last year. Judges said that the compost "brought together probiotics, volcanic rock dust and natural seaweed extract in one easy mix for amateur gardeners."
Bathgate’s compost has received several endorsements by professional growers and horticultural enthusiasts, including broadcaster and writer Terry Walton and Mike Smith of Tom Smith Plants.
The Bathgate Horticulture range offers the highest quality growing media and associated products, manufactured to market-leading standards.
Visit Bathgate Silica Sand’s stand E 123-125 at Four Oaks, Farm Lane, Cheshire on 5th-6th September and stand 20N36-P37 at Glee, NEC, Birmingham on 11th-13th September.
8th June 2017
Looking for new ideas and inspiration for your garden? Visit BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham’s NEC on 15th – 18th June 2017.
Bathgate are sponsoring a large sandpit, filled with Bathgate extra safe and clean play sand. There will be activities for children of all ages on Saturday and Sunday, so take up this perfect opportunity for a fun family day out and educate children about gardening, food and wildlife.
This year’s event is even more special as Gardeners’ World is celebrating its 50th anniversary!
The BBC will be filming at the event, for the TV anniversary. Why not come along and enjoy the Nostalgia Garden, Anniversary Garden and Beautiful Borders themed around momentous occasion?
Gardeners’ World is even getting its very own birthday cake, designed exclusively by 2015 winner of BBC's The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain.
The event will feature Show Gardens and an enormous Floral Marquee with over 100 places to buy quality plants. The show also features top experts; Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Alan Titchmarsh.
On Saturday and Sunday, under 18s can visit for FREE (up to 4 kids per paying adult) with children aged 5 and under free every day. Use discount code SM2 when booking through The Ticket Factory https://www.theticketfactory.com/gwl/online/ to save £4 and get tickets from only £19.50!
As well as producing safe and clean play sand, Bathgate also takes pride in offering a comprehensive range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers, garden retailers and dedicated horticultural enthusiasts. The wide range of products includes: Multi-Purpose Compost, Top Soil, Lawn and Sports Turf Top Dressing, Play Sand, Block Paving Sand, GrowBags and much more.
BBC Gardeners’ World Live | NEC Birmingham | 15-18 June 2017
Website link: bbcgardenersworldlive.com
2nd June 2017
As the world-renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show has come to an end, Bathgate would like to congratulate all of the Chelsea award-winners. A special well done goes to Mike at Tom Smith Plants, Colin at Roualeyn Nursery and Matthew at Brighter Blooms. What an achievement!
Bathgate was extremely proud to support Mike Smith, from Tom Smith Plants, a RHS Chelsea Flower Show award-winner and a prestigious professional grower with his show garden.
Mike used Bathgate’s Champions Blend All Purpose Compost as his main growing media for his display plants at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Mike Smith’s enthusiasm for Bathgate products has extended to him supporting with the development of new Bathgate Horticulture growing media products and in recognition of his valuable contribution, a team from Bathgate joined Mike at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to assist with building his display.
“Bathgate compost is a quality professional growing media and we look forward to using it on all fruit and vegetable show gardens in the future” said Mike Smith, Tom Smith Plants.
Bathgate won the award for Best Retail Product or Service at the Four Oaks show last year for its Champions Blend All Purpose Compost, when judges said that the compost "brought together probiotics, volcanic rock dust and natural seaweed extract in one easy mix for amateur gardeners."
Bathgate Horticulture is a range of products from Bathgate Silica Sand, an independently-owned company that has been established for 100 years and is part of the Bathgate Group.
Bathgate takes pride in developing a comprehensive range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers, garden retailers and dedicated horticultural enthusiasts.
31st May 2017
Award winning grower Mike Smith endorses Bathgate Horticulture growing media in a recent ITV Coast & Country episode. Mike set up his fruit and veg business with his partner Alison Rose 7 years ago. What started as hobby, is now a successful business of growing chillies, oranges, lemons and limes, as well as some more unusual fruit, not usually found in Wales.
Coming from the construction industry, Mike loves a challenge, and being able to grow things from seed gives him just that; “People say you can’t grow oranges in this country – you can”. If you know what you are doing and have the correct equipment and resources that is. His partner Alison can be seen in the video planting some micro-veg seeds using a ‘Bathgate Professional’ growing media product.
Mike divulges his secret of not overwatering his crops; he suggests a routine of watering generously once a month only. This is imitating the weather in southern Spain where you can normally find fruit growing.
Over the past few years, Mike has entered competitive fruit and veg shows and it is the success from these shows which led to an invitation to this year’s Chelsea flower show; one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the world. Mike has seen great success in recent years and is extremely gracious about being included in the top 100 growers in the world.
Mike describes his latest passion of “micro-veg”, an extremely fast turnover crop - with a turnaround of sewing to harvest of only 14 days. With Mike’s expertise and innovation, Tom Smith Plants is creating a name for itself, with celebrities such as chef Raymond Blanc showing an interest.
Bathgate Horticulture is a range of products from Bathgate Silica Sand, an independently-owned company that has been established for 100 years and is part of the Bathgate Group.
Bathgate takes pride in developing a comprehensive range of horticultural products for professional growers, landscapers, garden retailers and dedicated horticultural enthusiasts. Our wide range of products includes: Multi-Purpose Compost, Top Soil, Lawn and Sports Turf Top Dressing, Play Sand, Block Paving Sand, GrowBags and much more.
15th March 2017
Thank you to Terry Walton, star of BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show and best-selling author, who has recently praised Bathgate’s award winning Champions Blend all-purpose compost in Garden News Magazine. Terry Walton reveals that at the end of last season he came across the Bathgate Horticulture Champions Blend Compost. He states that the compost provides great germination and excellent growing on results. It is great to hear that his early sowings this season are thriving in the compost.
16th November 2016
Bathgate Silica Sand shares why silica is the sweet spot of greenkeeping. Established for 100 years, Bathgate Silica Sand, part of the Bathgate Group, is a leading producer of silica sand, top dressing and rootzones. An accredited member of BRTMA and a British Standard registered company they take pride in producing the highest quality products combined with exceptional customer service.
14th November 2016
High quality, washed silica sand for cattle bedding and equestrian use, available now from our Cheshire quarry. Contact 01270 762828 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
27th October 2016
This was the first time we had exhibited at Glee and we were excited about the prospect of sharing our new product range and meeting fellow horticultural enthusiasts.
On a high from our award win for Best Retail Product – during the week before Glee, at the Four Oakes trade show in Cheshire – we were excited about the opportunities at Glee.
All in all, we feel that the show was a great success for us. We had a continuous flow of people on the stand and some serious enquiries, some of which have now resulted in orders being placed.
Although Bathgate Silica Sand is a long-established company and this year we celebrated our 100th year in business, our horticultural range is very new. Bathgate’s philosophy has always been to produce high quality products and deliver excellent customer service. The horticultural range is produced with the same ethos and we wanted to share this with potential customers.
Exhibiting at Glee and showcasing our range of growing mediums and associated products gave us an opportunity to reach out to a wide and varied potential customer base.
As exhibitors, we gained valuable insights about the garden retail and leisure market directly from buyers from a wide range of sectors. We feel that we have a better understanding of customer expectations from the experience which has helped us to identify key products that should be included in our range. It was also a great opportunity to give our team, who mostly work in our office and factory, the chance to be involved in the best showcase that our industry has to offer.
The pre-show support from the Glee team was fantastic as it was during the show. It was well organised and there was plenty of help and advice on hand. Well done to everyone in the Glee team!
Are we going back?
Oh yes we are. This is a great showcase for the industry. Anyone who has anything to offer the garden and leisure market should give serious thought to exhibiting. Shows are made more interesting by a diverse range of exhibitors. The more interesting that we all try to make the show, the more the visitors will make the effort to come along and then we all gain.
We are looking forward to Glee 2017.
21st October 2016
Sean Cameron is impressed with the Bathgate Horticulture award winning Champions Blend compost - Have a look at his video!
Our Champions Blend is a premium quality compost containing a unique blend of fertiliser and essential nutrition. The performance of this growing medium is further enhanced by the inclusion of Envii Foundation, REMI.
This high quality compost is ideal for indoor and outdoor use and provides an exceptional environment for the successful growing of Plug plants, Bedding and pot plants, Fruit and vegetable plants, Shrubs and Hanging baskets
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12th October 2016
Bathgate Group sponsored and attended the IdeaLab 2016 Student Showcase, at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), on Wednesday 14th September. Gary Laverick, Bathgate Group CEO and Alastair Jones, Head of Underwriting at Bathgate Business Finance, were involved in judging presentations by four teams of student entrepreneurs, hoping to win support for their ideas, in a Dragon’s Den style pitching process.
30th September 2016
Bathgate Silica Sand are proud sponsors of Robbie Brown, who recently came 2nd in the Ducati TriOptions Cup at Oulton Park.
Robbie commented: “If we look back 12 months I started off the podium on both races so I can't complain if we carry on like this. I just think we need more dry time on the bike. Early on in the race I was just trying too hard, but I regrouped and had good pace and caught Guiver up but he is just a demon on the brakes. I saw him hanging his foot out on the straight and I thought he is in a lot of pain and he will die out but he didn't and he deserved that win.”
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9th September 2016
We were delighted to pick up the award for Best Retail Product or Service at the recent Four Oaks exhibition in Cheshire.
The award was won for the new Champions Blend all-purpose compost, part of the Bathgate Horticulture range of products, from Bathgate Silica Sand.
9th September 2016
The latest addition to the Bathgate Horticultural range, Champions Blend, is a premium quality compost containing a unique blend of fertiliser and essential nutrition. The performance of this growing medium is further enhanced by the inclusion of Envii Foundation, REMIN Volcanic Rock Dust and Oceans Bounty Natural Seaweed Extract