Enhanced to hold breakfast meeting with Warren Haskins
Posted on 14 January 2013
Enhanced are delighted to have Warren Haskins as guest speaker at their next breakfast meeting to be held on 13th February 2013 at their offices in Poole.
The name Haskins was first connected with Dorset horticulture in 1882 when Harry Haskins founded a nursery in Poole.
Today, Harry Haskins’ great grandson Warren Haskins is Chairman of Haskins Garden Centres and is very much involved in developing the business. Well known internationally for its innovative and inventive approach to garden retailing, there have been significant milestones in the success of the business.
Warren took over the nursery business at the age of 20 following the death of his father. At that time, the company was turning over £17,000 per year and employed 7 staff. It was not long before he opened a small retail shop which was the start of the garden centre business of today. From these small beginnings, the newly founded garden centre developed and expanded to cater for the increased demand; it grew into one of the south’s largest and most popular garden centres.
In 1994, the business relocated to a new 10 acre site at Longham, Ferndown. This new garden centre provided a wonderful environment for an extended range of plants and garden accessories and included a 260 seater restaurant, one of the largest privately owned restaurants in the south. In 2008, the centre was updated which included an extensive re-fit of the retail area, revamping of the signage and landscaping and the redevelopment of the restaurant, doubling its size with seating for over 400 customers.
In 1991, Haskins purchased the old Swan Garden Centre at West End, Southampton and in 1996 opened the new and totally redeveloped West End Garden Centre which emulated the enormous success of the new Ferndown centre. It currently has plans to update this centre which include doubling the size of the restaurant.
In 2000, Haskins Garden Centres acquired Roundstone Garden Centre, a large centre at Angmering, (near Littlehampton) West Sussex. It currently has plans to redevelop this centre, which includes a 500 seater restaurant.
In 2003, the business acquired Snowhill Garden Centre, at Copthorne, West Sussex. This is a very busy site which has been extensively updated over the past few years.
Haskins now operates 4 of the largest destination garden centres in the country and has ambitious plans to expand further over the next few years.
In 1995, Warren Haskins also founded Hobbycraft. From one store in Bournemouth, the business swiftly grew into a 47-strong chain carrying 35,000 products with a turnover of £84 million and profits after tax of £7.3m. In 2010, the business was sold and the deal was testament to the entrepreneurship and drive of Warren Haskins and the management team.
Numbers for this event are limited, so please call us asap to reserve your place!