As an independent garden centre, we really value the combined influence and buying strength that Choice gives our business, as it far exceeds what we would be able to achieve on our own.

The enhanced service we receive from suppliers combined with the direct lines of communication that  the team at Choice have with key account managers across our supply chain, ensures that any issues are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

The team at Choice negotiate the very best prices and trading terms on our behalf, which frees up countless hours in our own business and allows my senior management team to devote more time to the day to day operation of the centre. It also enables us to concentrate more on other  important strategic issues facing the business.

When you look at the modest cost of membership and then you consider the many benefits we receive, not forgetting the financial returns we enjoy, it is probably one of the best investments we make on an annual basis.

One of the other key benefits of membership, is the free exchange of advice and information across the group.

If ever we need any information, advice or recommendations with things like till systems, new legislation, planning and development advice, marketing ideas, latest sales trends, or help with staff issues, etc, all we have to do is send an email or a Whatsapp message to the membership, and we receive great information and advice back from other owner/managers.

These people live and breathe garden centres and they all run successful businesses, so the combined experience and knowledge out there is immense. It is like having a large group of free business consultants at our disposal at all times and what’s more, the information is given freely and willingly.

The submission of weekly and monthly basic turnover figures is another great tool that enables us to benchmark and compare our business and our trading performance with our peers.