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General Manager Role – Longacres, Bagshot

Longacres is looking someone to be responsible for the management of the Garden Centre
and to direct and lead a team of Department Managers, Team Leaders and Sales Assistants
in delivering very high levels of customer experience to maximise sales and profits whilst
minimising losses especially with stock.

Key Responsibilities:
Ensure excellence of customer experience is continually delivered throughout the Garden
Centre at all times. Ensure very high standards of store presentation and merchandising are
maintained Achievement KPI targets for turnover, stock and losses are achieved throughout
the store. Control of budgets by planning and managing resources effectively. Improve gross
margins by reductions in waste and stock losses. Reduce overheads by keeping control of all
costs and expenditure. To produce business reports and presentations to senior managers
as required. To optimize stock availability by ensuring effective systems for replenishment
are achieved. Seasonal and product promotions are planned and delivered. Management of
senior leadership teams throughout the business group to recruit, motivate and develop an
effective retail team complying with company procedures and ensuring individual
performance is regularly reviewed through assessment and appraisal. To create an effective
communication strategy, including team meetings and briefings to ensure accuracy of
information across all employees. All Company Health & Safety procedures are adhered to
and compliance with all statutory requirements.

For this role they are seeking:
An experienced Retail Manager from either the garden centre, supermarket to high street
retail sector. Be capable of giving the customer the best possible customer experience and
be able to demonstrate this through past experience Candidates must have experience of
working and managing large multi-million pound centres. Be capable of managing a team of
over 300 staff. Must have great commercial acumen, be an insightful and an instinctive
retailer who does not need to be driven by head office instructions.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your CV
with a covering letter to Chris Williams at hr@longacres.co.uk

You can download an application form here (or right click > save as). The form is in pdf format – if you can’t open it you can get a free reader here.

Planning Your Small Scale Garden

Part 2 – Planting Your Small Scale Garden


In a small garden every plant counts and plants with ‘multi-season’ interest are particularly valuable. Look for plants that offer flowers and fruit, foliage and flowers, or plants that have autumn colour or interesting stems or foliage during winter.

Plants that have both flowers and fruit
These include plants that have the added bonus of foliage interest as well. Berberis forms can really come into their own here, for example the tiny Berberis thunbergii ‘Tiny Gold’ which has yellow leaves, young red shoots, yellow spring flowers and red fruit in autumn. Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Admiration’ has red-orange leaves but is otherwise similar. There is now a range of disease-resistant Hypericum which have yellow flowers and coloured fruits, try Hypericum Magical Beauty = ‘Kolmbeau’ for its berries that start peachy-pink. If you want a good-sized, handsome shrub the fan-shaped, golden-leaved Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns = ‘Notbruce’ has red flowers and purple fruits that provide interest all summer through.Small Garden Flowers and Fruit
Plants that have winter interest
Consider flowering plants with foliage that changes colour in winter. Some Hebes have this quality, coming in a range of sizes and needing a spot that has sunshine in winter. Try the compact Hebe ‘Caledonia’ with violet flowers and rose-purple winter foliage whilst Hebe ‘Pascal’ has copper-red winter foliage. Amongst herbaceous plants Bergenia often have burnished winter foliage, for example Bergenia ‘Overture’ has bright pink spring flowers and leaves that are burgundy in winter. The stems of dogwoods can positively glow in winter sunlight – for beautiful variegated foliage and red stems try Cornus alba ‘Spaethi’ or Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ for good autumn colour followed by orange winter stems. These are cut back to near ground-level in spring, once established.Small Garden Winter Interest Plants
Plants with exceptional foliage
Evergreens in particular can provide interest throughout the year. Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Gold Star’ has dainty shimmering foliage and can be pruned for containment if space is limited. In warm gardens the exotic Coprosma and Lophomyrtus forms, some of which change colour at different seasons, can be fascinating. Try Coprosma repens ‘Tequila Sunrise’ or Lophomyrtus x ralphii ‘Red Dragon’ with red to black foliage. Slow but beautiful Nandina domestica ‘Wood’s Dwarf’ glows red in winter and is gold, green and red in summer. For foliage drama where a feature plant can be accommodated Fatsia japonica ‘Spiser’s Web’ is exotic, with huge variegated leaves.
Plants with Exceptional Foliage
Plants for a hot and dry place
Where your garden has a hot and dry area, herbaceous plants can be invaluable. Slugs permitting, try Alstroemeria, coming in a huge range of sizes and happy in a container, such as Alstroemeria ‘Orange Gem’. Striking Abutilon with big bell-flowers can be grown as annuals, try apricot-flowered Abutilon ‘Linda Vista Peach’. Colourful Zinnias have a long season, if deadheaded, an example being Zinnia marylandica ‘Zahara Yellow’ (Zahara Series). Sedums also have a place in a hot spot. In winter they provide architectural interest with their flat brown seed heads, try grey purple Sedum ‘Matrona’. Frothy purple fennel is lovely placed at the rear, especially Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’. Requiring little attention Salvias, such as the small shrub Salvia microphylla ‘Pink Blush’ has rich pink flowers for months whilst silvered Convolvulus cneorum is decorative all summer.Plants for a Hot and Dry Place

This has just dipped a toe into the possibilities. We haven’t even started on walls and fences that can be clad in repeat-flowering climbing Roses paired with Clematis…

Enjoy!

This blog post was kindly contributed by Susan A. Tindall

Valentine’s Day Flowers from Longacres

It’s not just a hint of snow that’s in the air at the moment, but good old love as well.  Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and as we like to say here ‘The early bird catches the £5 off discount’.  Okay, maybe not such a traditional quote, but one to bear in mind!

Dozen Red Roses BouquetHere at Longacres we are giving you the opportunity to show how much you love that someone special in your life by offering a hand tied bouquet of a dozen red roses in a lovely presentation box for just £34.99!  That’s a great saving of £5 on the usual price.  You need to place your order quickly though as this offer expires at 11:59 on 7th February.  You could then spend that extra £5 on a nice box of chocolates from our food section (we won’t tell anyone if you decide to eat them all yourself) or perhaps add a shiny red heart balloon to your arrangement for £2.99?

Lindor Chocolate Arrangement

Lindor Chocolate Arrangement

If the love of your life is a bit of an orchid fan, how about a vase filled with delicious Lindor chocolates and topped with a stunning arrangement of roses and orchids for £39.99?  More of a traditionalist but want a twist? No problem! 12 beautiful red roses with gypsophila, carefully created by our talented florists, can be yours for just £44.99.

Maybe you prefer that understated romantic gesture of a single red rose, beautifully wrapped for £5.99, or a gorgeous rose gift pack containing 12 short stem roses with delicate diamonte detail, a box of Lindt chocolates and a bottle of rose wine for just £34.99.

Shamrock Hand Tied Bouquet

Shamrock Hand Tied Bouquet

If you are looking for something different this year, we have a stunning hand tied bouquet of gerberas, pink roses and chrysanths for £25.99.  As well as for the romantics amongst you, this is also a stunning bouquet to send to the other special ladies in your life – your grandma, mum or daughter, with love.

To see the full range of Valentine’s Day cut flowers, take a look at the Longacres website. Now, where has that Barry White CD gone?

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Refresh and Renew your Home for 2016!

We hope you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! January always seems to be an unusual time once all the festivities are over after such a long build-up of buying presents, having the family and friends over, heavy new year celebrations etc. You may still have a few half-eaten boxes of chocolates left and some new DVD box sets to binge-watch, but we are all certainly in need of a little bit more cheering up.

Why not tackle those post-Christmas and January blues by sprucing up your home and giving it a fresher and newer look for 2016; we refer to it as “Refresh and Renew“.

Oak Furniture Range at Longacres
Here at Longacres Bagshot and Shepperton we have a stunning range of interior oak furniture. From cupboards to console tables and corner shelf units to iPad desks, you’re bound to find a piece of furniture (or 2!) that’s perfect to refresh your home with.

Visit us in store where you can also speak to a friendly member of our seasonal team, or click here to view our online range of interior furniture.

Please note that our interior furniture is currently available in store, for click & collect or for local delivery only.

Cookware and Kitchen | Longacres Garden Centre

Are you getting ready to have the family over at Christmas or looking forward to a relaxing time at home on your own watching all your favourite old movies again? Whatever you are up to over the festive period, here at Longacres we have a range of cookware to help you tackle everything from the biggest turkey to individual vol-au-vents.Joseph Joseph display at Longacres

Joseph Joseph offer a wide range of kitchen tools from colour coded knives to dishes, containers for those leftovers, and carousel sets in wood or steel.

Joseph Joseph Large Chopping Board SetDid you know that their index chopping board set is more than just a way of avoiding cross-contamination of foods?  Each board has its own special feature such as a groove for catching juices on the meat board and an integrated grip to hold fish steady on the fish board.  We currently offer the Index Large Chopping Board Set for just £44.99!

ColourWorks range at Longacres

If you like to match your kitchenware to your colour scheme we also offer a range of popular tools in stunning shades.  Whether you want a yellow colander, blue knife or pink spatula, our ColourWorks range has something for every taste.

Masterclass Bakeware display at LongacresHere in the office we do enjoy it when someone brings in some yummy home-made fairy cakes or biscuits. If baking is your passion, we have a large range of Masterclass bakeware in store, including the revolutionary Crusty Bake tins, perforated to allow your bread, quiche and pizza to cook that much better in the oven.  You can also find a assortment of accessories including piping bags and nozzles to decorate your cakes right beside the ColourWorks section.

Once your baking is complete, you might like to present your masterpieces to your guests using the MasterClass serving stand or cloche.  These also make ideal presents!

 

MasterClass serving stand and cloche

So for a range of cookware to suit every need, pop along to Longacres and stock up on all of your Christmas essentials.