Zest 4 Leisure have always offered a popular range of timber garden furniture and this week at GLEE, the garden industry's leading trade show, David Coton had the opportunity to review their new products for 2018.
A very reputable and well known supplier of garden structures within the garden centre industry, M&M Timber Ltd, has been bought out by another, the Forest Garden Group on 23rd December 2013.
M & M Timber Ltd is a long established company which currently offers a wide range of garden structures including storage solutions like garden sheds and log stores to more decorative products like garden pergolas, arches and gazebos, all made from extremely high quality timber.
Forest have stated that the acquisition of M & M Timber will perfectly fit and complement their group, the fact they are both situated close to one another in Worcestershire is also a bonus. M & M currently has an annual turnover of around £6 million with 70 employees and Forest Garden an annual turnover of around £50 million.
This also means that M & M Timber products will now be more readily available to customers through Forest Garden's multi-channel markets and superb delivery service in the United Kingdom.
Nigel Poyner the managing director of M & M said:
"We are excited by this new chapter in M & M's history; with the support of Forest we will now be able to invest the time and resources needed to develop our more specialist markets that we have for so long sought to focus on."
Guy Grainger, Chief Executive of the Forest Garden Group was quoted as saying:
"I am delighted to welcome M & M into our business. The opportunities this brings, not just to M & M, but to our group as a whole, are significant. All our customer channels will feel the benefit of this acquisition from a wider product and service offer to new innovations from the timber technology now available to us."
Robert Hall, Senior Partner here at GardenSite.co.uk said it was no great suprise to him that the Forest Garden Group have announced their acquisition of M & M Timber. He even had a chance to meet Guy Grainger at the annual trade show GLEE in 2013 at the NEC.
"I spoke with Guy Grainger, Group Chief Executive of Forest Garden at our annual trade show GLEE at the NEC in the autumn. He did not give me any indication then, or over lunch later in the year, but I did spot him on the M&M stand talking with their hierarchy. As I walked by he glanced a knowing smile at me. Guy, like the Forest Group, is ambitious, and this aquisition will have significantly strengthened their position in the market.
As one of the Forest Group's largest independent customers, and as a good customer of M&M Timber too, we here at GardenSite welcome the move and wish them every success. It will certainly mean a better range, keener consumer prices, and more choice in this important sector of the garden industry."
You can view our full range of Forest Garden and M & M Timber products that are available for home delivery throughout mainland UK on our garden structures page.
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