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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Manager of Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, Simon Hallam knows how important it is to nurture plants as they grow from seeds to fully-grown flowers.  And he and his team are keen to support Dorset Mind, as we do exactly this. Planting the seeds of success… Over the last year, we’ve worked hard to establish ourselves within our local community.  We’ve delivered mental health support services that are responsive and above all, safe. This factor, plus the prominence of mental health issues in the media – concerning issues both at home and in the workplace – convinced Simon and his team to choose Dorset Mind as their ‘Charity of the Year.’ Haskins Garden Centre fundraising efforts… And on Sunday the Brighton Marathon takes place.  As a keen runner, Simon is fundraising for us by running 26.2 miles. Simon said, “Over my career I have run many Marathons in aid of various charities.  This year when I decided to run the Brighton Marathon it was an easy decision to make as Dorset Mind is our charity of the Year.  We are working hard within the centre to raise not only money for them but also raise awareness of Mental Health issues across Dorset.” One of the biggest challenges for local charities like Dorset Mind is to secure funding.  Simon’s team initially approached us a few weeks ago to discuss a partnership.  They’ve  already held a ‘Plant Talk’ by expert Pippa Greenwood.   And of course this coming weekend Simon is running the Brighton Marathon.  This is the start of a programme of events to be held throughout the year, so watch our events page. Haskins’ dedicated support will enable us to continue our work in Dorset, helping people with their mental health problems. You can donate to Simon’s Brighton Marathon fundraising page here. Save Save Save Save Save Save
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Our Display Centre Location Located to the front of Haskins Ferndown Located on the right as you drive in to the Haskins complex, GBC normally have around 80 buildings on display, including summerhouses, greenhouses, sheds and garden offices. We also have a display of concrete garages, secure storage buildings and children’s playhouses. We are constantly improving our product range so we change our display buildings throughout the year. Our customers visit us at Ferndown from a wide area including Weymouth, Salisbury, Dorchester and all around the New Forest.
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Located to the front of Haskins Ferndown Located on the right as you drive in to the Haskins complex, GBC normally have around 80 buildings on display, including summerhouses, greenhouses, sheds and garden offices. We also have a display of concrete garages, secure storage buildings and children’s playhouses. We are constantly improving our product range so we change our display buildings throughout the year. Our customers visit us at Ferndown from a wide area including Weymouth, Salisbury, Dorchester and all around the New Forest.
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

GBC at Ferndown are the premier display centre for Britain’s best playhouses, The Malvern Collection. We have a small range of display buildings on show in Ferndown which will allow you to experience the quality of our products. With our experience of handling literally thousands of playhouse orders all over the UK and more locally in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire,Somerset Bournemouth, Poole, Wimborne, Yeovil and the South West, there’s really nowhere better to choose your childrens playhouse than from GBC Ferndown.
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

GBC at Ferndown are the premier display centre for Britain’s best greenhouses from Robinsons, Alton, Castle, Peak, Elite and The Malvern Collection. We have a wide range of greenhouses on show in Ferndown in a choice of shapes and sizes. Aluminium greenhouses are available in a variety of colours and our timber greenhouses are constructed either in pressure-treated timber or in cedar. With our experience of handling literally thousands of greenhouse orders all over the UK and more locally in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire,Somerset Bournemouth, Poole, Wimborne, Yeovil and the South West, there’s really nowhere better to buy your greenhouse than GBC Ferndown.
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Located to the front of Haskins Ferndown Located on the right as you drive in to the Haskins complex, GBC normally have around 80 buildings on display, including summerhouses, greenhouses, sheds and garden offices. We also have a display of concrete garages, secure storage buildings and children’s playhouses.
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Today, the Haskins family still own the growing group of garden centres with four locations in the South – Ferndown, Southampton, Worthing and Crawley.  In recent years the biggest area of growth has been the restaurant side of the business.  With four restaurants completing over 15,000 transactions a week, accounting for over 20 per cent of the overall turnover, Haskins is more than a plant retailer but a leisure destination too.
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Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown

Haskins Garden Centre celebrates successful staff and makes 33 promotionshaskins.co.ukIn the last year, Haskins Garden Centre has promoted 33 of its employees working at its centres across Dorset, Hampshire and West Sussex. The staff, totalling more than five per centre of the…
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Manager of Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown, Simon Hallam knows how important it is to nurture plants as they grow from seeds to fully-grown flowers.  And he and his team are keen to support Dorset Mind, as we do exactly this.
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Haskins Systems Manager, Claire Viney, said: “We had a stand-alone catering stock control system to help with stock management in our restaurants. This system had four separate databases – one for each centre – and so data entry was duplicated four times. The centre restaurant staff had full access to the system and changed recipes to suit their own chefs, which resulted in the databases growing out of sync with one another due to no central control.
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We are constantly improving our product range so we change our display buildings throughout the year. Our customers visit us at Ferndown from a wide area including Weymouth, Salisbury, Dorchester and all around the New Forest.
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So, the hunt was on for Haskins to find a suitable hospitality technology provider offering a fully integrated solution for stock control and EPoS. After much research and a comprehensive procurement process, Zonal was appointed.
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Haskins Group Catering Manager, Ben Harrison, said: “The reporting we can access is making a huge difference to the way we manage our business and our menus.  We can now see what dishes are popular and giving us the best margins and those that either need refining or taking off the menu.
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Haskins is looking to take this a stage further and enable customers to order their coffee at the starting point of service, rather than at the final payment stage.  “If we do have any complaints, it’s usually about people waiting for hot drink orders while their food goes cold. It’s a common issue for our style of service, but iServe will enable us to resolve this problem going forward and make this process far more slick, efficient and customer friendly,” added Ben.
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For Haskins working with Zonal has been a positive experience overall, with particular praise for the on-site support during the go-live process and the ongoing account management.  “We couldn’t have asked for more during the installation stage and the subsequent support service has been excellent,” concluded Claire.
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Haskins is one of a growing breed of retailers that are seeking alternative EPoS solutions to meet their hospitality requirements.  Zonal’s chief executive Stuart McLean said: “We are seeing more and more traditional retailers, who have made a move into food service, seeking suitable EPoS technology that can handle the hospitality side of the business.
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Featured Garden Office:Malvern Studio PentA modern light and spacious garden room. Featuring stylish, glass to ground double glazed windows as standard, making it ideal for use as a summerhouse or garden office. View
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Malvern Studio PentA modern light and spacious garden room. Featuring stylish, glass to ground double glazed windows as standard, making it ideal for use as a summerhouse or garden office.
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“We manually integrated this stock control system with our retail EPoS system tills. However, due to the limited functionality, we had to sell products generically. For example, we would sell a scone as a scone and couldn’t capture the flavour. This not only meant that our stock control was inaccurate, but we had no visibility of our best and worst selling items. Neither system was helping us to run an efficient operation, and with the future plans to expand our number of garden centres, we were outgrowing the system.”

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