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Start Getting Excited - Amazing International Speakers on the Bord Bia Learning Theatre Stage at GLAS, Thursday 19th July

Booking essential as demand is sure to be high – Don’t miss out

Bursting at the seams with trend inspiration, business advice and practical tips to help you make the best decisions for your business we have secured an exciting line up of speakers including; for Growers/Retailers we have Andy McIndoe to inspire, while for Garden Centre Retailers, Dan Cooper the Head of Christmas Buying from John Lewis, will excite and inspire your Christmas shop buying decisions, while Grace Binchy from Bord Bia’s the Thinking House will bring us up to date on current and future trends.

Andy McIndoe B.Sc. Hons. Hort.

"Inspiring the customer"

What makes the customer buy a plant? Whether it’s the retailer or gardener what makes a plant an attractive proposition?

Andy McIndoe has over 40 years of experience in retail and production horticulture, many of them as Managing Director of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres, Hampshire, U.K.

A regular contributor to a number of magazines, blogs and BBC Radio he lectures to gardening groups and societies at home and abroad, leads gardening tours and is consultant to well-known suppliers in the garden industry. He has been responsible for 25 consecutive Gold Medal winning exhibits at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Andy works freelance enabling him to have more contact with the real gardening world. Both he and his wife are gardeners, designing and advising on gardens of all sizes. They welcome groups to their 2 acre naturalistic garden, Sandhill Farm, Hampshire by appointment during the summer months.

Andy’s special interests include hardy shrubs, trees, herbaceous perennials, flower bulbs and garden design and he has authored books on all of these subjects. His most recent book, The Creative Shrub Garden is published by Timber Press in the UK and US.

Andy was awarded the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal (one of the highest accolades in the world of horticulture) by the Royal Horticultural Society on 22nd February 2017 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the science and practice of horticulture.

Dan Cooper – Head of Christmas Buying, John Lewis UK

“Being Mr Christmas

Dan Cooper’s knowledge, expertise and passion for Christmas is unrivalled. In the twenty plus years that he has worked at John Lewis Dan has seen the nation’s decorations, trees and lights transform and evolve in shape, size and colour.

As the retailer’s Head of Christmas Buying, Dan travels to all points of the compass from China and India to the Netherlands, Czech Republic and UK to source unique products, meet talented suppliers and devise new services and concepts that will add that extra sparkle and joy to Christmas.

As well as buying, Dan coordinates John Lewis’ wider approach to the festive season, bringing together product, visual merchandising, point of sale, customer experience and online channels to deliver one of the most powerful and creative Christmas campaigns in retail. On Dan’s watch, no two seasons are ever the same and 2018 will be no exception!

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