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Plantscape boosts sales team following record year

UK floral features supplier Plantscape has appointed two experienced sales executives as it seeks to build on the most successful year in its history.

Lucinda Stone and Alan McGregor have been given the task of securing new business and servicing current clients on behalf of the company, which plants up, installs and maintains floral displays to more than 300 councils and organisations across the country.

Last year Plantscape, which is based in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, exceeded expectations with a 20 per cent increase in business, which included large orders for the streets of Liverpool, Blackburn, Middlesbrough and outside Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in Nottingham.

It also achieved record sales towards the end of the year for its lamppost-mounted solar-powered Christmas trees, which are unique in the industry, having rented out more than 1,000 of the units for the festive season.

Lucinda will look after the company’s South of England sales while Alan will take responsibility for its Central region. Ireland and the North of England will continue to be looked after by Plantscape sales executive Christine Redfern.

Plantscape managing director Mark Stone – no relation to Lucinda – said: “We are very pleased to welcome Lucinda and Alan to the company to help us follow up a hugely successful 2015 with what promises to be another busy year.

“Their appointment reflects a significant increase in business in the face of challenging market conditions, thanks to our commitment to supply products that ensure councils and other organisations can mount attractive floral displays that require the minimum of maintenance.

“They may not sound like an essential service, but nobody should underestimate the benefits that floral displays can bring. By adding a bright splash of natural colour they can instantly make a grey High Street a more attractive place to be, which creates a feel-good factor and attracts visitors and shoppers to an area.”

Plantscape supplied its first order – hanging baskets for a bank in the nearby town of Belper – around 30 years ago and has grown steadily ever since. It now supplies dozens of different products, from elevated baskets to floor-standing multi-tier planters, and was also the first company in the UK to introduce a planter that requires watering just once a week.

Every year the company mounts a sophisticated operation to deliver thousands of planters all over the country in the space of just a few weeks.

Next month, staff will plant more than 100,000 individual flowers in around 12,000 planters, which will then be grown on in Plantscape’s vast glasshouses before a fleet of lorries and vans transport them to their destinations in May and June.

Plantscape has also previously supplied planters for a host of major sporting events, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Wimbledon, the Tour de France and the British Open Golf.

It also works closely with its sister company, Securiscape, which last year fitted its PAS 68:2010 security planters – which are capable of halting a vehicle-borne terrorist attack – outside a bank in the heart of the City of London, having already installed them outside One Hyde Park Corner, the Candy Brothers’ exclusive development in Knightsbridge.

For more information visit www.plantscapeuk.com

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