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PLANNING: CHANGE TO USE CLASSES IN

27 July 2020

Changes to Town planning in England have been approved by parliament and as of September 1st 2020 there will be no more Use Class A1; into which fell garden centres, farm shops and most other retail outlets. We now have an all-embracing Class E, which includes retail shops, coffee shops, restaurants, offices, indoor sport/fitness/recreational facilities, […]

Is the design of your shop layout

21 July 2020

Andrew Burton on making the most of a store’s available space to maximise potential. Planning the layout of your garden centre or farm shop is both an art and a science; requiring creativity, psychological insight and testing. I was keen to explore common retail tactics that can be used when planning and implementing the arrangement […]

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN OPENING YOUR

30 June 2020

With the focus for garden centres and farm shop now moving towards reopening of their restaurants and cafes, in this document there are compliance suggestions to consider when planning for reopening  safely during COVID-19. The following considerations are to support garden centre and farm shop restaurant employers and employees as part of their strategic plans […]